About the College

A tangible expression of commitment to human service

Villanova College of Nursing

Welcome to the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing — a tangible expression of Villanova University's mission, tradition, and commitment to human service. As a major school of nursing under Catholic auspices, it carries responsibility for the education of nurses within the framework of Christian beliefs and values and the heritage of the Order of St. Augustine.

About the Nursing Programs

The academic programs in the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing are directed to interpretation of nursing as a healing ministry emanated by love and demonstrated through service and the care of others. As a healing art as well as an applied science and practice discipline, nursing as taught at Villanova University, emphasizes the concern for spiritual health as well as that of mind and body. Curricula reflect the integration of these elements and their application in clinical practice and concern for others regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing educates individuals for service to a diverse society which includes all sectors and strata of the population; as such, graduates are prepared to assume roles in all settings where health care is delivered.

Memberships and Special Recognition

The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is a member of several nursing education organizations. They are the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the National League for Nursing (NLN) and The Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association (PHENSA).

Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

In October 2004, the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing was designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN)—one of only three in the country to be so named. The College was granted the designation in its category "Creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development." Center of Excellence is a new national designation from the NLN — the oldest professional nursing organization in the country that has nursing education as its primary concern. The designation is separate from accreditation and identifies schools of exceptional quality. The Fitzpatrick College once again received the designation in 2007 and 2010, the latter in a new category “Creating Environments that Advance the Science of Nursing Education.”

Contact Information

American Association of College of Nursing
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone:(202) 463-6930

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association
2090 Linglestown Road
Suite 107
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 703-0033
Fax: (717) 234-6798

National League for Nursing
The Watergate
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW
Eighth Flloor
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 1-800-669-1656

My View

"One of the things that makes our education at Villanova in the College of Nursing special and distinctive is the fact that we acknowledge that nursing, while a profession, is also a ministry."

M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN
Connelly Endowed Dean, Professor of Nursing

Learn More

You can learn more about the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing by visiting these pages:

• Our Dean's Perspective

• College mission, goals and philosophy

• Fact Sheet

• Organizational and Committee Structure

• Accreditation Information

• Find out about our history, heritage and Medallion

• View historical photos

• Read about our home - Driscoll Hall

• How to Visit Us