In accord with the College of Nursing Philosophy and consistent with the Catholic, Augustinian values of the Villanova community, the faculty believes that nursing is assisting individuals, families, communities, and populations throughout the life cycle, to meet basic and higher level health-related needs, and to maintain, restore, and promote health and well-being. The baccalaureate program at Villanova University prepares a generalist practitioner who is an entry level professional; the graduate program prepares advanced practice nurses as nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists; and specialists in education and health care administration. The refinement of nursing practice skills at the graduate level, in conjunction with an expanded knowledge base, enables graduates to practice nursing at an advanced level in a chosen area of specialization.
This organizing framework provides the basis for the development of the undergraduate and graduate curricula of the College of Nursing. It is consistent with the Mission Statement of the University, the Mission and Goals of the College of Nursing, and is reflective of Catholic, Augustinian values.