Catholic Colleges with Nursing Programs

May 02, 2018

In this article, we'll look at some of the Catholic-affiliated schools in the U.S. that have nursing programs. Students in these programs can gain hands-on nursing experience while also participating in campus ministry.

You might be surprised to learn that many Catholic schools have nursing programs. The following article looks at just a few of the Catholic schools throughout the nation that offer nursing programs at various levels.

School Comparison

In addition to participating in Masses and community service, students at Catholic colleges can work to obtain their nursing education. Here, we look at the student population sizes and tuition costs of a handful of Catholic schools offering nursing degrees.

School Name Institution Type Student Population (2016)* Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Holy Names University 4-year, private not-for-profit 866* Oakland, CA $38,188
Regis University 4-year, private not-for-profit 8,368* Denver, CO $35,610
Georgetown University 4-year, private not-for-profit 18,525* Washington, DC $52,300
Saint John Fisher College 4-year, private not-for-profit 3,783 * Rochester, NY $33,120
Villanova University 4-year, private not-for-profit 10,842* Villanova, PA $51,284

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Nursing Programs in Catholic Colleges

Catholic students interested in nursing will find that there are many schools across the nation that meet their needs. The following schools offer nursing degrees at both undergraduate and graduate levels while encouraging students through faith and clinical work.

Holy Names University

Holy Names University has over a dozen undergraduate programs that are accepting students and six graduate programs. Of these programs, nursing is one. Holy Names offers ADN-to-BSN programs, traditional BSN programs, and a Master of Science in Nursing/Nursing Informatics. Students who choose to live on campus can opt for one of four residence halls. Some of them include themed floors, such as the sustainable living floor, the wellness floor, the quiet lifestyle floor, and even gender-specific housing. Class sizes are kept small, with the average class consisting of roughly 14 students.

Regis University

Ranked #27 among the best colleges in the Regional Universities - West category by U.S. News & World Report for 2018, Regis University is a Jesuit-affiliated college. As a Jesuit college, students are encouraged to accept all denominations and grow in their faith through small-group programs, retreats, and the weekly Open Table event, where students pray and receive Communion. Students in the nursing program study at the Loretto Heights School of Nursing, where they can earn their BSN in one of five formats or earn one of seven graduate degrees. Regis also offers four graduate certificate programs in such areas as neonatal nursing and gerontology.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University is located in the nation's capital. For its 2018 rankings, U.S. News & World Report named the school #20 among national universities. When it comes to accreditation, the college makes sure that its nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and/or the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Georgetown has bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in nursing. Undergraduate students can expect to get clinical hands-on experience in their first year. All first-year students can also go on an overnight retreat called ESCAPE. During this retreat, students listen to music, get away from campus, join discussions, and strengthen friendships and their faith.

St. John Fisher

Located in Rochester, NY, St. John Fisher was ranked as the 37th Best Value school by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. Class sizes are kept small, with roughly 20-25 students in each. Undergraduate and graduate students passionate about nursing can attend the Wegmans School of Nursing, which has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the New York State Education Department. Students have a variety of options for clinical experience, including working with some of the city's largest hospitals, volunteer services, and private clinics. Students can attend Mass any day of the week, as services are provided daily. Students who want to be confirmed as Catholic can join the campus's RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.

Villanova University

As an Augustinian Catholic university, Villanova offers several opportunities to participate in campus ministry, including post-graduate counseling, internships, worship opportunities, and community service. There are also several housing options for students across the three campus centers, which include residence halls and apartments. At the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, students can earn their bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree and continue on with lifelong learning programs. While some classes are available online, on-campus course offerings for undergraduates include global health, pharmacology, ethics, nursing philosophy, nursing education, and health policy.

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