Villanova University - College of Nursing

Why you should consider this program

Villanova University's Accelerated BSN Program for College Graduates is a 14-month second degree program that incorporates all the standard components of the nursing program in a concentrated time frame. This program -- which is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education -- usually begins on the third Monday in May of each year and ends in August of the following year. While the program is intense, students are able to take advantage of some of the same opportunities that are available to other BSN students.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 45,000 $ 11,250 $ 33,750
Out of state $ 45,200 $ 11,300 $ 33,900
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

The scholarship award applies directly to tuition and fees.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Coverdell Fellows have the opportunity to serve as College of Nursing Global Health Diplomats and share their international experiences with nursing students who will travel internationally for course work.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 12,000

Application fee waived?



College of Nursing Coverdell Fellows work with local immigrant and refugee populations and develop health-related programs. Previous programs have been a needs assessment of pregnant refugee women and a health access program for Philadelphia's immigrants and refugees. Currently, students in the College of Nursing are working in an immigrant health access project that was initiated by former Coverdell Fellows. Coverdell fellows travel to Montana to work with indigenous populations in pediatrics and with adults.

Jobs for program alumni

The College of Nursing graduates are employed by leading health care systems. Previous graduates have taken jobs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Main Line Health System, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, and multiple academic medical centers across the country.

Other details

Program length

14 months

Application requirements

Official transcripts from all college-level courses, personal essay, resume, and interview.

Admissions process

As above.

Program begins

Third week in May

Non-traditional options

Second degree program.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Catherine R. Curley, PhD, RN - Director, Center for Global and Public Health and Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, [email protected];, Karolina Wolnicki, Coordinator, Center for Global and Public Health

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085