Call for applications: Fellowship supports APRN DNP students focused on families with spina bifida

Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship

The Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship supports DNP study at Villanova University College of Nursing for APRNs committed to the care of children with spina bifida.  The eligible recipient must be an advanced practice nurse who has met DNP applicant requirements and is enrolled full-time in Villanova’s DNP program.  The student’s DNP project must focus on critical aspects of spina bifida care that can be applied in practice and which contribute to the improved care and the quality of life of these children and their families. 

The funding from the Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship covers all tuition and fees, stipend for project development and implementation, and the cost of attending conferences related to spina bifida. One fellow will be selected to begin the DNP program in summer 2018.

Only applicants with a demonstrated career interest in patients and families with spina bifida whose DNP project focuses on spina bifida will be considered and reviewed.

By January 31, 2018, the candidate must send a letter of interest for consideration and also have applied to the DNP program. Please send the letter of interest to Dr. Debra Shearer, DNP Program Director, at

For more information, contact Olivia Tinteal at or 610.519.4914.

IF YOU ARE EMPLOYED BY AN AFFILIATE OF THE FITZPATRICK COLLEGE OF NURSING, you will be considered eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Questions? Contact DNP Program Director Dr. Debra Shearer at or 610.519.8337.

Are you dedicated to the care of children with spina bifida? If so, learn more about our Ashley Rose Pitek Nurse Scholars Fellowship and apply.


DNP Program Overview with Dr. Debra Shearer

DNP Program Overview

DNP Information Session with Dr. Debra Shearer and DNP Student Matt McCoy

Important Notices for Online Prospective and Current Students

The following page includes important information regarding the University’s authorization status, students’ responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.

>>Notices for Distance Education Programs.pdf

My view

“When exploring doctoral programs, it was important to me to find a program that had an extensive clinical option that would advance my current nursing practice. The DNP Program has already greatly enhanced both my clinical knowledge and leadership skills. By completing its requirements, I am preparing for the future of health care. As a practicing DNP clinician, I have the opportunity and necessary skills to transform the health-care system.”
—Matthew McCoy ’13 DNP, CRNA


Contact Us


Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Rachel N'Diaye
DNP Program Assistant

Doctor of Nursing Practice