Traditional Four Year BSN

Traditional four year BSN

Discover a unique experience.

If you want to combine academic excellence with a global perspective, expert faculty mentoring, leadership opportunities and a values-oriented experience in our community of learners, you have just defined what Villanova Nursing is all about. The Villanova University College of Nursing — named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing— becomes your partner in your college experience and professional development. See what’s behind our reputation and discover what you can create with us on your way to becoming a Villanova Nurse. 

Become a professional enriched by a values-based community.

Develop as an excellent nurse who is ethically oriented and educated in Villanova's proud liberal arts tradition. You are part of a challenging four-year program of high academic quality, taking designated courses in the humanities and sciences with other undergraduate majors. Because we combine an outstanding education in the liberal arts and sciences with an excellent and fully accredited professional curriculum in nursing, you develop not only as a nurse but also as an educated person. Your career preparation lays the foundation for a seamless transition into graduate education. You may wish to participate in the University’s Honors Program, work with your advisor to take graduate courses as an undergraduate student, or join a University learning community – innovative educational environments merging academic, co-curricular and social aspects of life.

Villanova is committed to the development of attitudes and values that reflect its strong Catholic Augustinian tradition.  We value you as an individual and welcome you to the College of Nursing community.

Become an inspiration through your global perspective.

Study for your global health minor. If you wish to study abroad, and have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0, you may take your sophomore year at the University of Manchester in England which fulfills the courses required for that year. You may also participate in summer abroad programs available to all Villanova students or minor in another field, such as Spanish, bioengineering or global health, as above (coordinated through our Center for the Study of Global and Public Health).  There are other opportunities for international clinical electives for credit, and national or international study as part of the parent-child health and health promotion courses. These international and multicultural opportunities develop your global health awareness. You also have an opportunity to interact with fellow students studying with us from other parts of the world, enriching your educational experience.

Become a student engaged in the research process.

You are exposed to faculty who are leaders in their field and research topics that advance the science of nursing. Coordinated by our Center for Nursing Research, students have participated in the research process, presented scientific papers and posters at professional conferences and published scholarly articles in conjunction with faculty on such topics as social relationships in adolescents with autism, nursing care of people with disabilities and comfort in pediatric oncology patients.

Nursing Undergraduate BSN brochure

Visit Us

Prospective students and families who visit us say they leave with an even better sense of what the Villanova Nursing experience is all about.

If you are interested in attending a fall or spring Open House, you will learn more here. Check back as needed so you may register online. 

We also encourage you to arrange a personal appointment for an information session with our Director of Admissions and Recruitment to have your questions answered. Please make an appointment online.


My View

“As a Presidential Scholar, I participate in the Honors Program. I take classes that are primarily discussion and writing based, which have improved my communication skills, something that will be beneficial when advocating for my patients. I have also attended interdisciplinary plenaries and discussions and have been intellectually stimulated by all of them…The nursing faculty are distinguished and very strong teachers, and the facilities are state-of-the-art. I honestly cannot imagine getting my nursing education anywhere else.”

Hillary Dutton, South Windsor, CT


A resource-rich environment

Driscoll Hall offers classrooms with state-of-the-art learning technologies that enhance teaching strategies of the faculty. During your first two years, you take a combination of liberal arts and science courses, as well as courses in basic nursing theory and clinical skills.

Your clinical simulation experiences begin freshman year in the Simulation and Learning Resource Center, housing 10 simulation labs including those for critical care, adult health and maternal-child health; related computerized patient simulators; as well as standardized patient labs.