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Villanova University — College of Nursing

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
College of Nursing
Degrees Awarded:
Nursing (BSN), Nursing (MSN)
Admissions Deadlines:

BSN October 15; MSN Applications are accepted all year. Deadlines for review of MSN application for admission are fall--July 1st; spring--November 1st; and Summer--April 1st.

Admissions Cycle:

Admissions cycle: BSN once each year; MSN fall--July 1st; spring--November 1st; and Summer--April 1st.

Program Start:
BSN May (Monday before Memorial Day); MSN varies based on admissions cycle
Program Founded:
January, 2011


RPCVs will be given special consideration for admissions and Fellows will receive tuition assistance for their program to help reduce the cost of attendance. This assistance may be in a variety of forms such as scholarships, grants, graduate assistantships, tuition remission, tuition scholar or work study. Fellows will also be given financial assistance to help attend professional conferences and will participate in professional development activities.


Degree concentrations are available in Nursing Education, Health Care Administration, and Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner Program in Adult, Family and Pediatrics.

Fellows will be placed at one of the many College of Nursing clinical or community sites in and around Philadelphia that work with underserved populations. Fellows work in partnership with the organization to which they are assigned and provide a variety of services such as conducting health screenings, giving immunizations, providing health education, or creating educational materials for patients and families.

Fellows' individual roles vary depending on where they are working but will include using their nursing and Peace Corps skills to contribute to the mission of the community partner they work with to provide healthcare services. Populations include inner-city school children, migrant farm workers, recent immigrants and other disadvantaged and underserved groups.

Fellows will also participate in professional development activities such as seminars on professionalism, global health and service learning with other nurse leaders and will be partnered with a faculty mentor to help achieve career goals. Fellows will be encouraged to participate in professional nursing organizations and will be encouraged to attend professional conferences.



Bachelor of Science (BSN) for Second Degree students is a 14-month program for motivated students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline who wish to embark on a career in nursing. Students are evaluated on an individual basis but admission criteria include:

  • GPA 3.0
  • Prerequisites courses: Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics or Microbiology, Developmental Psychology, Nutrition, Pathophysiology, Statistics, Theology/Religious Studies
  • Personal interview

BSN Admissions process:

  • Mail or fax transcripts to program for review.
  • Complete application for admission.
  • Send Application and required materials, including application fee to our office anytime before October 15.
  • Once application is complete, student will be contacted for an interview.
  • Interested student may apply before all prerequisites are completed.

Master of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements
The MSN programs take between 2-3 years to complete and have different curriculum tracks depending on the concentration. All programs have similar requirements for admission:


  • Completed admission application
  • Personal Goal Statement
  • Application fee
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Copy of current RN license
  • A completed criminal background check
  • Admission interview

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Kim Connolly

Director, Center for Global & Public Health
Driscoll Hall
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085
(610) 519-5902
(619) 519-7997

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