UPenn School of Nursing

<p>UPenn's School of Nursing is for all occupations medicine related right - including getting your MD or being a doctor? I'm assuming it is, and just want to confirm that it's not only for nursing (as in the occupation of being a nurse)</p>

<p>U Penn School of Nursing, like many other Nursing schools, offers both a PhD in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which will probably become required degree for a Nurse Practitioner. Those are the Doctorate level programs at UPenn SON. </p>

<p>However, for anyone to become an MD, your undergraduate major is immaterial–and some say that a Nursing major can hinder one from taking the most direct Tac to applying to Med School; here is why… </p>

<p>You must take a series of core competency courses (the series has expanded in 2012/13), take the MCAT, (volunteer, shadow, byline a published research paper, etc) and do these things so well that you get into Med School; then, during your four years of Med School you take 3 separate USMLE exams, hopefully become placed into a specialization for an additional 2-8 years; my description is so pedestrian as to do injustice to this long odyssey (you should go to the CC PreMed section).</p>

<p>But the coursework required as a Nursing major contains surprisingly little overlap with the PreHealth core courses mentioned above. </p>

<p>In Penn’s case, their OneUniversity philosophy reminds students that they can enroll in anything available on campus (though in reality it may be difficult to obtain permission or the priority necessary to enroll). And no, it’s not any easier to get into Penn Nursing than it is to get into Penn SEAS or CAS (my opinion, statistics support either side). Wharton is another story. So although Penn Nursing has several dual-major and dual-degree programs (e.g., Nursing and Health Care Mgmt, which allow you to take classes through both Nursing and Wharton), it would be virtually impossible to fit in core competency series alongside the Nursing rigor. To summarize: if you would like to target Med School, it is best to target a major that will allow you the pre health core competency courses to dominate your class schedule. Again, there are several strategies, opinions, recommendations found under the PreMed threads.</p>

<p>Penn nursing wants to train people who know they want to be nurses, preferably leaders in the nursing profession. If that isn’t specifically what you want, they’ll direct you to go elsewhere.</p>

<p>Penn also has medical, dental, and veterinary schools.</p>