You have 2 options:
BSNExpress: If you already have a Bachelors degree in another discipline other than nursing and now wish to pursue your nursing degree, you will apply to the BSNExpress program, http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/programs/undergrad/second/bsnexpress/index.htm
MSN: If you already have a BSN, you can apply for any of our Master in Science for Nursing programs. This includes Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, or Nurse Practitioner programs in Family, Adult, Pediatrics, or Nurse Anesthetist http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/programs/graduate/masters/concentrations/
Application fees for the options Undergraduate and Graduate programs are waived for returning Peace Corps volunteers.
Step 1: Apply to one of our eligible nursing programs: BSNExpress or MSN
Step 2: On the application indicate you are former Peace Corps Volunteer
Step 3: Application and acceptance into the BSNExpress or MSN program
Step 4: Complete the on-line Peace Corps Fellows/USA application, click here: http://nurseweb.villanova.edu/surveys/peacecorps/peacecorpsfellowsapp.asp
Step 5: You will be contacted by the Peace Corps Fellows/USA Coordinator for follow-up and discussion
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have satisfactorily completed Peace Corps are eligible. This means he/she:
Volunteers must submit copies and proper verification from the Peace Corps for eligibility. This includes a Description of Service (DOS).
You must first be accepted into one of our nursing programs. Then you’ll need to fill out an on-line application and provide verification document of your service.
Yes. It does not matter when you did your service. Whether you finished 1 month ago, 1 year ago, or 10 years ago you are eligible. As long as you are a former Peace Corps Volunteer and meet the eligibility requirements as stated above you can apply.
On the application there is a question related to the Peace Corps. If you are a former Peace Corps, check the appropriate box. Once you are admitted to the nursing program, you can apply on-line and will be concurrently be contacted by the Peace Corps Fellows Coordinator.
There is no set time commitment. Fellows will work with the Peace Corps Coordinator to set up an externship that meets the RPCVs interests and together with the externship site will work on a time commitment which may range from40-80hours/semester. In addition, Fellows will participate in other activities such as professional development seminars that may last between 30 mins-1 hour.
The Peace Corps Fellows Coordinator will work with each individual RPCV to find an appropriate placement for them and will discuss time commitment striving to find a solution so that all RPCVs can participate.
All Peace Corps volunteers will be invited to participate in certain Peace Corps Fellows/USA activities such as presentations or speakers. However, only Peace Corps Volunteers dedicated to the Fellows program, including participating in an externship, will receive the title of Fellow and receive financial benefits.
We have no predetermined number of Fellows. All Peace Corps Volunteers accepted into the program will be considered.
Call or email the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Coordinator at Villanova:
Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN
Director of Global and Public Health
College of Nursing