The Graduate Program in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is known for its educational excellence.

Our challenging, cutting-edge curricula and distinguished faculty are invaluable in helping you achieve your professional career goals. Whether you seek a master's degree, post-graduate certificate, DNP or PhD, you will find that we bring together the worlds of academic theory and applied knowledge in a unique, fully accredited program ranked among the top graduate nursing programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Our Graduate Program provides the means to expand your knowledge base, enrich your skills and advance your career. We prepare nurses for leadership in an ever-changing health care arena. We will help you think creatively, reach farther and embrace the challenges of professional practice.

A degree from Villanova University — a degree of excellence — will set you apart.


Mary Terhaar, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Associate Dean, Graduate Program 

Elizabeth Blunt, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, FAANP
Director, Nurse Practitioner Programs

Jan Campbell 
Assistant Director, Graduate Programs



MaryAnn Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Director, PhD Program

Jodie Szlachta, PhD, CRNA
Program Director, Post-baccalaureate Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice

Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Director, Post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Sandi Schultz
Assistant Director, Doctoral Programs

Villanova Graduate Nursing Program