Villanova University earns high marks from its nursing alumni for its extensive clinical practice opportunities and rigorous core nursing curriculum. The nurse practitioner master's program requires 39-55 credits, depending on the specialization. Full-time students can graduate in as little as 18 months with clinical specialties in adult-gerontology, family nurse practitioner, and pediatric nurse practitioner categories.
The hybrid program offers weekly online classes in the core curriculum of ethics, leadership, and research. Students must complete a physical assessment course the semester before beginning clinical placements on the Villanova, Pennsylvania, campus. As one of the best nurse practitioner programs in Pennsylvania, this private, Catholic university holds recognition as a center of excellence in nursing education by the National League for Nursing.
Campus: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Admission Requirements: • Undergraduate degree in nursing
• 3.0 GPA; one year of clinical practice
• RN license
• Three letters of recommendation
Minimum Time Commitment: 18 months
On-Campus Requirements: Yes
Programs: • MSN
• MSN - Family nurse practitioner
• MSN - Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner
• MSN - Pediatric nurse practitioner
• MSN - Nursing education
• DNP - Nurse anesthesia