The Doctoral Program offered by the College of Nursing at Villanova University is designed to prepare nurses as teacher-scholars for academic careers in higher education. Doctoral education builds upon baccalaureate and masters preparation in nursing, through emphasis on research and theory development. Villanova's program is distinguished by its special focus on the application of nursing knowledge and scholarly inquiry that address professional and practice concerns as they relate to teaching-learning processes in clinical as well as educational settings.
The program driven by Augustinian Catholic values that characterize the mission of the University: the unity of knowledge, the holistic nature of human beings, the importance of community, the discovery of truth and a commitment to addressing the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.
The College of Nursing, established in 1953, has a reputation of excellence and is highly respected for its contribution to graduate education, which commenced in 1980. Nursing deans, faculty and leaders in higher education throughout the United States and abroad are alumni of its programs.