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Your Career. Next Level.


The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing's Graduate Nursing Program allows students the opportunity to pursue their Master's in Nursing (MSN) or complete a post-graduate certificate on a part-time or full-time basis through a combination of online and in-person courses taught by world-class faculty.

Graduate Nursing students select a master's degree track depending on career interests and professional development goals. Tracks range from 45-47 credits, which include core, clinical, role development and elective courses. At the master's level, emphasis is placed on both advanced knowledge and role excellence. The program is structured to assist you in assimilating nursing roles, which is critical as you advance to a new career level.

A post-graduate certificate program is available to students who already have a master's degree in nursing. These programs may include course work to re-establish a base of knowledge in a particular area as well as courses in advanced practice not included in the applicant's original degree program.


Submit completed graduate application with required documents to the Nursing Graduate Program Office by:

  • Fall/Summer Early Admission: February 1
  • Summer Admission: April 1
  • Fall Admission: July 1
  • Spring Admission: November 1

Admission information for our various tracks is available for your review and includes details for prospective International Students.





Virtual Information Session

Connect with MSN faculty, students and alumni to learn more about our NP tracks and post-graduate certificates. Registered attendees will receive an application fee waiver code.

In advance of our deadlines, we encourage you to register for an event that supports your schedule:

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

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