The M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, Villanova University, established in 1953, has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing and a Stellar School by the National Student Nurses Association. Its bachelors, masters and DNP programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the bachelors and masters level nurse practitioner tracks are approved by the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has accredited the Continuing Education program. The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The ultimate goal of the College is to prepare competent professionals who are ethically oriented, and who are educated in Villanova's proud liberal arts tradition to provide leadership in serving the nursing needs of society at-large.
The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University, through strong, comprehensive recruitment and outstanding administrative support from the University, has maintained a reputation as a highly competitive nursing program, enrolling a significant number of students of high quality. Of particular note:
- Nursing education has been a part of Villanova University for over 60 years. Through its promotion of Catholic and Augustinian values, its emphasis on service, social justice and altruism, and its long tradition of academic integrity and excellence, it embodies the philosophy and mission of Villanova University.
- The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing programs and its graduates enjoy an excellent reputation for outstanding clinical competence and leadership skills.
- Graduates of the College are highly sought and superbly prepared for professional careers in the global community.
- A proportionately high percentage of Villanova nursing graduates assume leadership roles and management positions in local, national and international health care agencies.
- In all of its programs, the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing places emphasis on human values and ethical concerns as they relate to health and personal decision making.