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Today, Marianne Smith, Associate Director of Enrollment Management in the Nursing School, discusses Penn’s Nursing and Health Care Management coordinated dual-degree program essay. Continue reading for insight and information.

2013-14 essay: “Discuss your interest in nursing and health care management. How might Penn’s coordinated dual-degree program in nursing and business help you meet your goals?”

“Penn’s Nursing and Health Care Management program (NHCM) combines a premiere education in both nursing science and business with clinical practice, research opportunities, and leadership development. Students become experts in nursing philosophy, management, and patient advocacy, graduating with endless opportunities across the fields of healthcare and management. 

In the Nursing and Health Care Management program essay on the Penn Writing Supplement to the Common Application, prospective students should address how the unique combination of nursing science and business matches their educational and career goals. The most successful essays blend interest in healthcare and management, essential tenets of the program, to inform future goals. Applicants do not need to cite a specific career in their essays but should convey an understanding of potential paths.

Research is paramount to writing this piece. We are looking for a readiness to engage with both fields as well as an understanding of the program. While applicants do not need to have experience across these fields, they are encouraged to explore the Nursing and Health Care Management website, browse current student profiles, and draw from their own academic readings and the experiences of others to inform their essay. Other areas to reflect on include, but are not limited to, the unique qualities applicants will bring to Penn and the program; how the program will prepare applicants for leadership; and how the program will enable applicants to influence future health care policies.”

Check P217 frequently for insight into Penn’s interdisciplinary programs and tips on required essays.


*PAGE 217
refers to the always legendary and occasionally dreaded essay which was once a mainstay of the University of Pennsylvania application. The question read as follows: “You have just finished your three hundred page autobiography. Please submit page 217.”

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