The M. Louise College of Nursing has grown and developed in many ways since its founding. It holds the distinction of being the first collegiate nursing program under Catholic auspices in Pennsylvania, the largest nursing program in the Commonwealth within a private institution, and the only Catholic nursing school in a university under the auspices of the Order of St. Augustine. To date, over 6,000 individuals have graduated from the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing's BSN, MSN and PhD programs. The College is recognized for its leadership and excellence and has been the recipient of numerous Federal grants which have assisted in the development of its programs. The full-time faculty (the majority of whom hold doctoral degrees), reflect a high level of education and involvement in scholarly and professional affairs. In addition to its academic quality, the College is well known for the service and leadership provided by its faculty and alumni, nationally and internationally. The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing continues to be distinguished by its attention to the education of the whole person and the priority it places on a liberal education, human values and ethical concerns, especially as they relate to health and clinical decision making. The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is an example of an academic unit that clearly reflects centrality to Villanova University's mission.