Gateway To Your Career

Many prospective students ask, "What is the employment outlook for Fitzpatrick College of Nursing graduates?" The answer is, "Very good." Your Villanova Nursing degree is the key to your career.

Become a nurse sought by employers from around the country


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Villanova is an impressive credential with which to embark on a career, nationally or internationally.  The reputation for excellence enjoyed both by the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing and Villanova University makes you an attractive candidate for exciting clinical positions, graduate study and career advancement.

You have an advisor and faculty who, beginning freshman year, help cultivate your career plans for a summer externship and later a full-time nursing position after graduation. Our annual Nursing Career Day – one of many opportunities we create with and for our students – gives you the chance to meet with numerous employers from premier hospitals, health care systems, military services, and other organizations across the country who want to hire Villanova Nurses.

Nursing Career Day

Career Day

Having the Nursing career you’ve dreamed of means landing the clinical positions you need.

In school, it might mean obtaining a hospital-based summer externship between junior and senior years. The externship enhances what you have learned in your BSN program.

After graduation, it might mean earning the right position in the right hospital or other healthcare facility to meet your goals and launch your career.

It’s a big world and a profession with endless possibilities.  So where do you start? Who gives you guidance? How do you get connected?  Start with Nursing Career Day.

Career Day—sponsored by the College’s student group the Undergraduate Nursing Senate—is held every fall semester. We have been doing it for over 30 years so we are good at it! Career Day is designed to get you what you need to make connections and important decisions. 

Villanova’s Nursing Career Day is so popular among recruiters from premier hospitals, health care systems, military services, and other organizations that they come (often with Villanova Nurses who work there) from across the United States, including Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Illinois, California and Washington. Why do they travel so far to come to one place for one day for one event?

One reason: They want Villanova Nurses.

What do you gain from Career Day? Even before the event, starting in freshman year, you are advised about you career, your resume and how to present yourself professionally by your faculty mentors and our student services advisor. You are prepped for Career Day.

At Career Day, you hear from new and seasoned Villanova Nursing Alumni who return to campus to tell you about their careers, specialties, and contributions to the profession and share tips for your success.

At the event, all the recruiters are in one spot, waiting to speak with you. You gain real-time information on externships from recruiters. You have pre-interview discussions with recruiters about the hiring process and updated information on open positions for your first job after graduation. You get to hand your resume to the actual recruiters (or find out from them how to apply online), the first decision makers in the process.

Villanova’s Nursing Career Day is one of many opportunities we create with and for our students.

Employer's View

“I had the pleasure of hiring six Villanova nursing students this past summer as PCAs for Intermediate Medical Units at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. They were exceptional in their work with patients, family members and team members. I had many Nurses, PAs, and MDs comment on their high level of clinical skill as PCA nursing students, their commitment to the patient, their eagerness to learn and be a part of Team rounds, and their excellent communication skills.”

Patricia Brita Rossi RN, MS, MBA
Nursing Director - Medical/Oncology Nursing Services and Programs
Brigham and Women's Hospital , Boston

Employer's View

"Yale New Haven Health System has regularly hired Villanova University College of Nursing graduates who come to their positions extremely well prepared, a number of whom go on to hold leadership roles in their departments."

Carol C. Pawlush
College Relations Recruitment Officer
Yale New Haven Health System

Career Day

Additional Information

Read more about career assistance here.