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Traditional Four Year Curriculum

Traditional Four Year Curriculum

As a nursing major, you participate in a challenging four-year academic program of high quality that includes laboratory and clinical experiences under qualified faculty guidance. There are also other study opportunities available to you such as learning communities, study abroad, minors, and ROTC options.

During your first two years in the nursing curriculum, you take a combination of liberal arts and science courses, as well as courses in basic nursing theory and clinical skills. Much of this experience occurs in the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Learning Resource Center (LRC). The LRC houses audio-visual materials, training models and simulations to support the educational program. At the end of the sophomore year and throughout the junior and senior years, you enroll in nursing theory courses and clinical courses that provide experience in a wide variety of health care facilities.

The 136-credit curriculum is outlined below.


First Year

Code Course Credits
NUR 1102 Introduction to Professional Nursing
2 credits
ACS 1000 Augustine Cultural Seminar Ancients
3 credits
BIO 1205 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 credits
PSY 1000 General Psychology 3 credits
CHM 1135 General, Organic & Bio Chemistry 4 credits
CHM 1105 General, Organic & Bio Chemistry Lab 1 credits
    17 credits
NUR 1104 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
2 credits
ACS 1001 Augustine Cultural Seminar Moderns
3 credits
BIO 1206 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credits
NUR 1105 Social Justice and Health Equity 3 credits
ENG 1050 The Literary Experience 3 credits
THL 1000 Faith, Reason and Culture 3 credits
    18 credits

Sophomore Year

Code Course Credits
NUR 2204 Health Assessment 2 credits
NUR 2205 Practicum in Health Assessment 1 credits
BIO 1181 Microbiology and Genetics 4 credits
PSY 3200 Human Development 3 credits
-- NTR 2120 or STAT 1250 3 credits
ELECTIVE Social Studies Elective 3 credits
    16 credits
NUR 2206 Essentials of Nursing Practice
2 credits
NUR 2208 Practicum in Essen of Nsg Prac 3 credits
NUR 2108 Human Pathophysiology 3 credits
SOC 1000 Intro to Socioligy 3 credits
PHI 1000 Knowledge, Reality, Self 3 credits
-- NTR 2120 or STAT 1250 3 credits
    17 credits

Junior Year

Code Course Credits
NUR 3104 Nsg Adults & Older Adults l 5 credits
NUR 3105 Psychiatric & Mental Hlth Nsg 5 credits
NUR 3031 Basic Concepts in Pharmacology 3 credits
NUR 3810 Research & Schol in Nsg Pract 3 credits
    16 credits
NUR 3106 Nsg Care Adul & Older Adul ll 5 credits
NUR 3107 Nsg Care of Women & Families 5 credits
NUR 3131 Applied Pharm in Nsg Prac 2 credits
NUR 3122 Imper for Global & Pub Health 3 credits
PHI 2115 Ethics for Health Care Prof 3 credits
    18 credits

Senior Year

Code Course Credits
NUR 4111 Nsg Adults w Comp Hlth Prob 5 credits
NUR 4115 Nursing Care of Child & Adul 5 credits
NUR 4119 Nsg Leadership & Health Policy 3 credits
NUR 4031 Safe & Effect Pharm & Par Ther 2 credits
    15 credits
NUR 4120 Community & Population Health 7 credits
NUR 4121 Knowledge Integ Pro Nsg Pract 2 credits
NUR 4122 Trans to Prof Nsg Practice 3 credits
NUR 4200 Seminars in Selected Topics 1 credits
ELECTIVE Upper Level Theology Elective 3 credits
    16 credits



* Students are required to select three elective courses:  one upper level theology (in addition to THL 1000), one Social Studies (history, political science or economics) and one free elective in an area of students' interest.


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My View

"Overall, one of the best things about the academic life here is starting with nursing right from the first day. I didn't just apply to Villanova; I applied to the Villanova College of Nursing. You really get a feel for what you will be doing in your future career … before you know it, you are giving injections! The curriculum is very well laid out so that you get to work your way into things."

Kathryn Mawn, Marietta, GA

Traditional Four Year Curriculum


My View

"My membership in the service-learning community is a very important part of my education in general; my volunteer service at home is the reason I decided to become a nurse, and incorporated in that is my desire to help better the lives of others. I'm working at ‘Dream Camp’ where I'll be mentoring kids from Philadelphia to foster their self-confidence and motivate them to get the best out of their education and themselves.”

Midshipman Andrew Masiello, Staten Island, NY