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
Professor & Associate Dean for the Graduate Nursing Programs

Jan Campbell, BA, MS
Assistant Director, Graduate Nursing Programs

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

Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Director, Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Track

Jodie Szlachta, PhD, CRNA, FAANA
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director, Associate Clinical Professor


PhD Program Inquires & Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquires:
Sandi Schultz

Assistant Director, Doctoral Programs

DNP Nurse Anesthesia Inquires:
Recruitment and Enrollment Department

MSN Inquires (Nurse Practitioner Tracks & Nurse Education Tracks):
Recruitment and Enrollment Department


PhD and Post-Master’s DNP Transcripts:

DNP Nurse Anesthesia Transcripts

MSN Transcripts:


Villanova Graduate Nursing Program