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Villanova Nursing Ranked Among Top Undergraduate Nursing Programs in Nation

BSN program listed as top 4% in the country


Thank you, colleagues and supporters! Your confidence in us and generous collaboration with us inspires our Villanova Nursing team to keep blazing trails.

We are delighted to share that the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing (FCN) is ranked among the top nursing schools in the United States – 23rd out of the 694 listed – in the inaugural 2022 US News & World Report ranking of Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs, released September 13. According to the rankings, Villanova Nursing is listed as the 2nd highest undergraduate program in the Philadelphia region, the 2nd highest ranked Catholic nursing program in the country and the 3rd highest ranked program in Pennsylvania.

“The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing’s ranking in the top 4% of the best undergraduate programs reflects the investment we make in our students; the expertise of our faculty as clinicians, scientists and educators; and the innovative programs and resources that surround them,” notes Donna S. Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor. “I am grateful to my colleagues who lead the undergraduate program, and our faculty and staff who each day work creatively, boldly and tirelessly to develop the generations of nurses that this nation deserves. Our eyes are on the horizon.”

The FCN ranking aligns with the College’s five consecutive designations as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. 

“With global health opportunities, leadership development, scholarly mentorship and clinical experiences, our BSN students distinguish themselves and are sought by this country’s top health care systems. I am proud that we are advancing both health and the profession, which is especially vital today,” explains Catherine Lovecchio, PhD, RN, associate dean of the Undergraduate Program.

The College offers both a traditional four-year track for high school students as well as a second degree BSN program for college graduates with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who can complete the program in the 14-month BSN Express track or the new 23-month BSN Flex track.

For more about FCN’s programs, visit