Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing has an affiliation agreement with Saint Joseph's UniversityUniversity of the Sciences and Ursinus College through which a minimum of five  students and/or graduates, who have satisfied all the admission requirements, will be accepted in to the Second Degree Accelerated BSN Track (BSNExpress).

The BSNExpress is a 14-month second degree track that incorporates all the standard components of the nursing program in a concentrated timeframe. The baccalaureate degree in nursing program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-887-6791.

This agreement provides for acceptance of a minimum of five students or graduates annually and increases the breadth of opportunities for those students to continue their education in the health professions. The students and graduates must meet all the criteria set forth in the agreement.

If you are an interested student, please contact your current academic advisor for more information or return to the BSNExpress homepage to learn more about the track.





Prospective students from St. Joseph’s, Ursinus and University of the Sciences are invited to attend a special Affiliates’ Day open house events held throughout the year. During the evening, interested students will learn more about the track directly from our director, current students and alumni; tour our technology driven labs and discuss Financial Assistance opportunities.

The next event will be held during Spring 2021. Interested affiliate students may attend the Fall Virtual Open House September 1 at 4:30 pm ET.

By attending Affiliates’ Day, attendees will receive an application fee waiver code.

Program Coordinator
Mrs. Kristin Barkdoll

Program Director
Prof. Colleen Meakim, MSN, RN, CHSE-A, ANEF

Note: If you are sending a transcript for review, you may scan and email it to Mrs. Barkdoll or fax it to her attention at 610-519-8365. Your communication must include: your name, address, phone number and date of birth.



Logo of Saint Joseph's University, an affiliate school of Villanova's BSNExpress



Logo of Ursinus College, an affiliate school of Villanova's BSNExpress
Logo of University of the Sciences, an affiliate school of Villanova's BSNExpress


Caroline Keegan, graduate of the BSNExpress program.


Caroline Keegan, BSN, RN
Critical Care Residency, Christiana Care, Newark, DE
St. Joseph’s University: BS, Interdisciplinary Studies

"The faculty and professors of the BSNExpress track have an unmatched passion for the profession of nursing and are entirely dedicated to the successful futures of their students. I am indebted to Villanova and Saint Joseph’s University for helping me create the perfect road map to follow my dreams of becoming a trauma nurse. It is now my turn to encourage the next generation of great nurses."


Chelsey Nehila, graduate of the BSNExpress program.


Chelsey Nehila, BSN, RN 
Cardiac Care Unit/Cardiac ICU, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 
Ursinus College: BS, Biology; BA, Media & Communication Studies 

“While the track was fast-paced, rigorous, and required an exceptional amount of hard work and commitment, the structure of the BSNExpress, the hands-on simulation, clinical experiences, and the supportive faculty allowed me to gain the necessary nursing skills, knowledge, confidence, and patient-first attitude to be a successful nurse. I am proud to be a Villanova graduate.”


Jeremy Bonafe, graduate of the BSNExpress program, stands in a hospital room.


Jeremy Bonafe, BSN, RN
Clinical Coordinator, Emergency Department, Riddle Hospital
University of the Sciences: BS, Health Science

“I pursued my BSN because I had a passion for helping others. Villanova Nursing teaches current evidence-based-practice, provided research opportunities, and allowed me to hone my skills in state-of-the-art simulation labs. This learning has proved to be invaluable as I entered my career as an emergency room nurse, and I am now also able to make a difference one patient at a time.”