As an undergraduate student in the College of Nursing you will begin nursing courses in your freshman year and start clinical experiences in your sophomore year. Because the College has no “home hospital” your clinical experiences are in major medical teaching centers and smaller community hospitals and other agencies. You quickly learn to adapt to new environments and gain exposure to a variety of settings, clinicians and specialties.
At Villanova, you benefit from a values orientation with 6 credits of philosophy and 6 credits of theology. The majority of our faculty are doctorally-prepared and teach in both the classroom and clinical areas. There are additional study opportunities available, for instance, you may spend your sophomore year abroad. We are also known for the strength of our advising system and student support services.
Three years of campus housing is guaranteed for nursing majors. College of Nursing students are integrated into the full Villanova campus experience. There is no separate nursing dormitory. Students may choose to live off campus beginning in their junior year.
Cars are not permitted on campus until junior year. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinicals and frequently carpool or use public transportation. The Undergraduate office works with students who need to carpool.
Nursing students have many opportunities for international experiences while at Villanova. You may spend your sophomore year abroad at the University of Manchester College of Nursing in Manchester, England. There are shorter term experiences over Spring Break or at the end of the academic year for academic credit, such as Chulucanas, Peru for Health Promotion clinical credits or Galway, Ireland for a 3-credit elective. Nursing students also participate in University service trips, such as Habitat for Humanity. They may also choose University semester abroad experiences in non-nursing fields (e.g., language). This adds one summer to the nursing curriculum with completion of the program in August as opposed to May.
The College of Nursing retains more than 90% of students from freshman to sophomore year and over 90% of students graduate within 4 years. Those students not retained most frequently change to a different major, wish to transfer to a college closer to home, or leave for personal reasons.
When reviewing applications, the College of Nursing looks at a student’s entire application, not simply SAT scores.
Absolutely. Many of our students play a sport or are in ROTC programs. Our student advisors work with individuals to help ensure they fulfill curriculum requirements.
Financial assistance is granted on the basis of need and scholastic ability, and includes Villanova University scholarships, grants, student loans, federal grants, state grants, and scholarships from outside sources such as corporations, unions, charitable trusts, and service clubs. Applicants may visit the University Office of Financial Assistance web site for more information.