Frequently Asked Questions
- Is a degree earned online equivalent to one earned on campus?
- Will my degree indicate that it was earned online?
- How do I apply to Villanova’s online degree program?
- When can I begin my studies?
- What are the admission requirements for Villanova’s RN to BSN degree program?
- Is someone available to explain my degree plan and help me select classes?
- Who can I contact for help with my coursework?
- Will I be able to complete all of my required coursework online?
- What will my course grades be based on?
- Where can I get my books and other course materials?
- What type of computer do I need to access the online classroom?
- Why is accreditation important?
- Is Villanova University accredited?
- Is Villanova’s online degree program eligible for financial aid?
- Can I use military tuition assistance to pay for my degree?
- Can I use my employer’s tuition assistance program to pay for my degree?
- Can I transfer credits from another nursing program?
- Can I take part in the graduation ceremony on campus if I earn my degree online?
- Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns?
- Where can I review the textbooks and materials required for my course?
- Will a background check be required?
- Do I need to be a registered nurse to apply?
- I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations?
Absolutely! Millions of working adults have already obtained or are currently pursuing their degrees online, and are reaping the benefits. Your degree will be issued by Villanova University, and you’ll receive the same diploma as campus-based graduates. Villanova partners with University Alliance – the nation’s leading facilitator of e-learning programs – to deliver online courses using state-of-the-art technology on a flexible platform. You’ll learn from the same professors who teach on campus, and view their lectures via streaming video. You can also access your lessons on CD-ROM and MP3 for offline study. You’ll enjoy regular interactions with your instructors and classmates through course-specific message boards, live chat and email. And you’ll demonstrate your mastery of the program curriculum through assignments and exams.
No. There is no difference between a degree earned online and one earned on campus, and your diploma will not contain any reference to the online medium of study. Your degree is awarded based on your successful completion of academic requirements and is not dependent on physical location.
There are three methods by which you can apply: call a program representative, chat with a representative online or proceed directly to the online application. From your first point of contact, you will be paired with a program representative who will support you throughout your academic journey and help you achieve your goals. Your representative will answer your questions, guide you through the online application process, help you keep track of your required documentation, assist you in choosing your courses and ensure you are off to a successful start.
You can apply anytime; applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Villanova's online degree program consists of six eight-week sessions, which means you can start classes in two months or less once you have been accepted to the program or admitted under non-matriculated or conditional status.
If you have graduated from an NLNAC-accredited diploma program or with an associate degree in nursing with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above you can apply to the Villanova University online RN to BSN degree program. For specific details on the RN to BSN program's admission requirements, click here.
As a Villanova University online student, you will be assigned a program representative who can answer your questions, explain the academic requirements and help you choose your courses. You can contact your program representative by toll-free phone, fax, email or regular mail.
Your Villanova professors are available to answer questions via email, message boards and virtual office hours. You can also reach out to your classmates, who are registered nurses like you. With dedicated message boards, live chat and email, you can form virtual study groups to help and support one another. Finally, you’ll also have access to online library materials and services through Villanova’s Falvey Memorial Library. These include electronic books, online reference sources, interlibrary loan services, electronic document delivery services, assistance from reference and research librarians, and more. For additional details, visit https://library.villanova.edu/.
Yes. All courses and exams are conducted over the Internet. However, in order to complete your assigned clinicals, arrangements will be made with your current employer or a nearby health care facility for your convenience. You will never have to set foot on campus – unless you choose to attend your Villanova graduation ceremony!
Villanova’s faculty will evaluate your performance based on exam grades as well as assignments, case studies and/or presentations that vary by class. All exams and projects will be completed and submitted online.
When you enroll in each course, you can order all of your course materials – including textbook(s), student guide and CD-ROMs – through University Alliance and have them shipped directly to your address of record. If you have any questions, your program representative will be able to assist you with your order.
Villanova University’s online graduate courses can be accessed by a personal computer with a current Windows® or Mac operating system, Internet access and a web browser. Please click here to view the minimum system requirements and download any required software that is not currently installed on your PC.
Accreditation signifies that a university provides a quality postsecondary education according to a state approval agency or other accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. These regional or national accrediting bodies develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer assessments to determine whether individual institutions meet those standards. Accreditation is your assurance that your degree will be recognized and respected by potential employers and accepted by graduate schools.
Yes. Villanova University's College of Nursing maintains a dual accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Villanova University is also regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and its programs have received accreditation from AACSB International, the American Chemical Society, the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the National Catholic Education Association, and the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board.
Yes. Villanova University accepts many financial aid programs, including federal financial aid, military tuition benefits and employer-sponsored tuition assistance. Please refer to the Tuition & Financial Aid section of this site for additional details.
Yes. Villanova's undergraduate degrees are approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You may also be eligible for military tuition assistance (TA). Refer to the Military Tuition Aid page for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact your program representative or the education coordinator within your military unit.
Yes. Many employers offer tuition assistance programs to help employees expand their skills and pursue a degree. These types of programs may cover all or a portion of your course tuition, books, fees and/or other materials. Your program representative can help you determine if your employer is one of the thousands who offer tuition assistance for Villanova’s online courses.
A minimum of 60 transfer credits are required from a prior nursing program. As a student, you will complete up to 60 credits of academic work through Villanova: 45 credits (including the 12-credit Clinical Decision Making Assessment) through the College of Nursing plus 15 general education course credits. Acceptance of transfer credits is at the sole discretion of Villanova University. Potential transfer credits will be evaluated to determine if the course is equivalent to one of the required courses that make up the online RN to BSN. See the RN to BSN curriculum for more information.
Yes. Upon completion of your degree program – including all required courses and comprehensive final exam – you are welcome to join your ground-based counterparts for the graduation ceremony on Villanova University’s handsome 260-acre campus, which is located just 12 miles west of Philadelphia. The commencement ceremony is held in May of each year. Contact your program representative for details, including the date and location of the ceremony for your graduating class.
State agency contact information for student complaints/concerns: Click here to see a list of state agency contact information sorted by geographic location.
Students can review course textbooks and all required materials on this website. Click here to search for your books for the upcoming term.
Yes. A satisfactory criminal background check, including drug screening and finger printing, is required for review prior to completion of the second session. Approval of background checks is a requirement before students begin their advanced nursing courses.
RN licensure is required prior to enrollment in nursing courses. If currently enrolled in the last semester of an NLNAC-accredited diploma or associate's degree nursing program, submit transcripts of all courses completed to date and courses in progress. You may not begin RN to BSN courses until you have officially graduated from your nursing education program.
If you have a disability that requires a special accommodation in order to participate in an online course, you must identify yourself as a person with a disability and request an accommodation from the University. Please contact an enrollment representative to initiate the identification process. Your enrollment representative will provide further details about the process for receiving special accommodations from the University.