Villanova University College of Nursing | 94% NCLEX Pass Rates

Villanova University College of Nursing has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing; only three colleges across the country hold the title. Villanova has accepted the title in 2004, 2007, and 2010. All programs are fully accredited.

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  • Private
  • Accreditation ccne Accredited coa Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-BSN, PhD, Entry-Level BSN, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, NP, CRNA, Other
  • Location Villanova, PA
  • Telephone 1-610-519-450
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The Villanova University College of Nursing offers an array of online and in classroom courses for undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels of education.

"What is Villanova University College of Nursing all about?"

At Villanova, it is the combination of academic excellence with a global perspective, expert faculty mentoring, leadership opportunities, and a values-oriented experience within our community of learners. Villanova educators become your partner in the college experience and professional development.


Traditional Four Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination (NCLEX) for professional Registered Nurses. After completing the RN licensure, our nurses have gone on to lead as clinicians, researchers, educators, and administrators.

RN to BSN Online

The RN-BSN is an attractive option for nurses who want to receive their degree by completing is solely online. The program requires nurses who have at least a 2.75 GPA in nursing courses and an overall 2.75 GPA to be accepted into the program as well as bringing their transfer credits from an ACEN or NLN CNEA-accredited nursing program.

Clinicals are offered at a healthcare facility near the student. Villanova offers flexible scheduling and an opportunity to network with distinguished faculty and RN students.

When completing the BSN program, the core values of becoming a professional who is enriched by a values-based community, an inspiration through global perspective and becoming a student engaged in the research processes are the focus for all of the courses offered at Villanova.

BSN - Adult and Traditional Transfer Students

At Villanova there is a program for students who have completed the prerequisite courses to be able to begin the upper-level nursing courses.

Many students have decided to do a career change into the world of nursing. Another option available is for the individual who already holds a bachelor's degree in another field and wishes to become a nurse.

Graduate Program

After completing the challenging BSN degree, many nurses want to go on and achieve a graduate level degree. At Villanova University College of Nursing the options to receive a master’s degree, post-master’s certificate, DNP or PhD are options for you.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) & Post-Master's

The Master’s and Post-Master’s programs at the University of Villanova have different tracks/specialties available including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Education

After completing the master’s degree level, students are prepared to sit for the certification examinations of their selected track and/or specialty.

At Villanova, our faculty members are available to challenge and mentor each student along the way, preparing them for the career they desire.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP degree at Villanova University College of Nursing is a full-time option stretching over five consecutive semesters and part-time option over eight semesters. The online classes are offered two nights a week (Tuesday and Thursday). Programs begin in the summer with an on-campus seminar. Students will continue to meet on campus in the fall and in the spring (one meeting each) and then one week in the following summer. The program is 32 credit hours.

The goal of the DNP program is to prepare Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), including Nurse Practitioners (NP), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), and Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) as well as nurse administrators who possess advanced knowledge in evidence based practice with a focus on innovative nursing practice in healthcare.

Nurse Anesthesia - DNP

Villanova University College of Nursing, in collaboration with Crozer-Chester Medical Center, offers a program to educate Nurse Anesthetists in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Applicants with an MSN can enroll in the Nurse Anesthesia DNP program and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis for course and/or credit transfer.

Information (not all inclusive)

DNP-NA Cohorts begin each January. The application deadline for the Cohort beginning in January of 2021 is February 1, 2019. Completed applications, including all required supporting documentation, will be reviewed by the DNP-NA Admissions Committee and selected applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted in April of 2019.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) to be certified in every state as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

The focus of the PhD program at the University of Villanova is to prepare educators and scholars who will go on to teach nursing students. The curriculum is offered in the fall and spring semesters online and on campus. A non-distance learning option is available for international students. The course is 51 credits.

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Accreditation and Approval

Crozer-Chester Medical Center/Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The entry to practice Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-NA) degree program has been approved by COA.

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Villanova University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The College of Nursing is approved by the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


US News & World Report (2018 and 2019)

  • #46 (tie) in National Universities
  • #48 in Best Value Schools
  • #46 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #32 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Forbes (2018)

  • #199 America's Best Value Colleges
  • #73 Top Colleges
  • #60 in Private Colleges
  • #37 in Research Universities
  • #40 in the Northeast

MONEY ranked Villanova University #153 in Best Colleges For Your Money (2018).

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  1. Visit Home Care RN profile page
    Jun 14, 3:47 pm by , BSN, RN
    Overall: 2.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 1 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: Master's
    Classes: On Campus, Online

    My Experience

    Awful. RUN. DID BSN Express and they couldn't mess much up because that schedule is locked in. Currently transferring to Georgetown for FNP. Was accepted to Villanova for FNP then was suddenly pushed into AGNP, then pushed back a year because they accepted to many students for allowable clinical spots to keep their certification (I had set up my own preceptors but it didn't matter). Every time I talked to my advisor they would change my curriculum to classes I had already finished. Even when they set me back a year I would go on just as the registrar would open to sign up for the changed curriculum and the class that was only offered 1x yearly would be full (meaning they put students in and filled it prior to it being available for sign up yet suggested the class knowing it was full). Their answer, Oh well. Soooo unorganized, little if any response to your emails and calls. Put in for transcripts to transfer my Spring 2018 classes to Georgetown and found out from Georgetown they didn't even put my Spring 2017 graduate research, which was a TON of work and money, on the transcript! What a #### show.

    About The Staff

    Education faculty are awesome you learn so much, it's hard work. Higher faculty are bullies, do whatever they want.

    Things To Know

    They really need to make laws against the things they do. School is now a service and I am a consumer paying for that service. If I order a bedroom set and get only a poorly made end table and dresser I have a legal right to my money back. Still discussing with my lawyer how to approach a lawsuit against them... See you in the papers!

  2. Anonymous
    Apr 24, '17, 6:14 pm by
    Overall: 5.0 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2016

    My Experience

    Everyone was extremely supportive. Nurses at the hospitals we did our clinicals at were very open about how much they love having Villanova students due to what they felt was an above average level of professionalism and clinical ability.

    About The Staff

    All very helpful and friendly. Extensive resources for career development, mentoring, and independent study.

    Things To Know

    Villanova was my #1 choice for a reason. I honestly feel that my nursing school experience could not have possibly been better anywhere else.

  3. Anonymous
    Apr 20, '17, 6:21 pm by
    Overall: 4.5 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 2 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus

    My Experience

    Amazing - not only does Villanova teach you everything you need to know to be successful in your future career, but it fosters within you a sense of professional identity, purpose, and confidence.

    About The Staff

    Truly knowledgeable, supportive. Experts in their specialties, eager to share their passions.

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