Academic Opportunities

Penn Nursing offers a wide variety of supplemental academic opportunities designed to enhance your academic experience and professional development.

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Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program - Nursing

The Benjamin Franklin Scholars (BFS) Program for Nursing seeks to foster the development of the next generation of nurse achievers - scholars, leaders, and researchers - through intellectual rigor, academic excellence, and outstanding achievements. Scholars are required to complete four Benjamin Franklin Seminars - small, intensive classes in a wide range of disciplines across the liberal arts and sciences - and a Capstone Honors course in the Nursing school. 

Dual Degrees

We recognize the value of interdisciplinary learning, which is why student at all levels - undergraduate, masters, and doctoral - can pursue a dual degree with other schools across campus. Our Dual Degree page provides a complete listing of our approved programs.

Global Opportunities

Penn Nursing offers a variety of international experiences for students in the BSN and MSN programs, which range from short-term opportunities that focus on comparative healthcare in international contexts, to full-semester clinical experiences.

Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation

The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation is an integrated BSN-to-PhD program designed to educate a new cadre of nurse scientists and leaders to develop innovative solutions in healthcare. The program is available for current Penn Nursing undergraduate students, as well as students applying to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program.


Penn Nursing offers a variety of minors in such in-demand areas as global health, palliative care, health services management, and oncology. Adding a minor allows students to complement their major by diving more deeply into a specific area of inquiry.

Nutrition Major

Our Nutrition major is an interdisciplinary collaboration with Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. You will study concepts like dietary behaviors and metabolism, as well as scientific approaches to the physiological roles of nutrients in the diet, from the cellular to human level.

Research Opportunities

Students have numerous opportunities to engage with research at Penn Nursing, whether that means participating in one of the school-supported research centers, applying for a prestigious fellowship through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), or working one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a student-driven research project.


One of the most popular options at Penn Nursing, submatriculation allows undergraduate students the opportunity to apply to a graduate program and begin coursework while completing the BSN degree. Students can apply to any of the MSN majors here at Penn Nursing, or to Penn Law.