Still Dreaming of a Degree in Nursing? Have We Got a BSN Program for You!


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Still dreaming of a degree in Nursing? If you currently have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and you are seeking to become a professional registered nurse—Holy Family University has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program for you. 

Holy Family University School of Nursing and Health Sciences is currently accepting applications for the Second Degree BSN Cohort – 14-Month Daytime program for Spring 2022.

Our Accelerated Second Degree BSN nursing curriculum focuses on the development of management and leadership skills, culture-sensitive health care, individual and family assessment skills, and research in nursing practice. We are proud to offer the premier Second Degree BSN program options in the Bucks County and Northeast Philadelphia area.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will expand your eligibility for a variety of positions in hospital settings, family, and older adult services, and other corporate settings, including:

  • Acute care
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care
  • Skilled facilities
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Community health
  • Eligible for management positions
  • Home health, Hospice care, Palliative care, Assisted Living, Retirement homes.
  • Specialty areas, ICE, ER, CCU, PEDS, Perioperative Practice, OB & Mental Health
  • School nurse, Physician offices, Travel nursing
  • Educational units (diploma and LPN programs)
  • Staff development

“As a graduate of our Second Degree BSN program, you will learn and contribute to a broad depth of nursing science that will help to enhance evidence-based practice at the bedside,” says Margaret Harkins, DNP, MBE, GNP-BC, RN-BC, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University. “Our healthcare world is ever-changing and your expertise is needed now more than ever.  Your wealth of education and past work experiences will help to frame your future abilities to enhance clinical knowledge and clinical judgment at the bedside and in our communities. Our faculty personally invest in our students and are committed to assisting students to support and promote the healthcare of patients and populations in our healthcare system.”

Holy Family University enrolls two Second Degree BSN Cohort – 14-Month Daytime Cohorts a year (spring and fall). Due to a limited number of spaces each semester, admission to the program is highly competitive. For more information (including admission requirements), please visit the program website or contact the Graduate and Professional Studies Office at 267-341-3327 or e-mail

New Roles in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Following the previously announced appointment of Margaret Harkins, DNP, MBE, GNP-BC, RN-BC as Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, there will be a restructuring of the leadership of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, effective August 1, 2021. The following individuals now have new titles:
  • Michelle Murphy Rozanski, PhD, MSN, CRNP, RN from Assistant Dean to Associate Dean.
  • Jinsy Mathew, DNP, MSN, RN from Fast Track Day Program Coordinator to Associate Dean.
  • Kristin Sagedy, PhD, MSN, RN from PTEW Program Coordinator to Assistant Dean.
  • Mai-ly Pulley, DNP, MSN, RN will continue as faculty and will also hold the title of PTEW Program Coordinator.
  • Joeann Hall, MSN, RN from Simulation/Lab Coordinator at the Newtown Campus to Faculty and Fast Track Day Program Coordinator.
  • Elaine Maruca, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNE was appointed the FNP Program Coordinator in June 2021.

Holy Family University nurses and radiologic science professionals are found in major hospitals throughout the region, and we have developed a widespread reputation for graduates that are sought after by the healthcare industry. Our accredited undergraduate programs are ideal for high school graduates, experienced nurses, and radiologic science professionals seeking additional training, or working adults who wish to start an entirely new career. 

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences provides a variety of degrees and study options for full- and part-time students. These include a traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing, an associate's program in radiologic science, an accelerated RN to BSN nursing degree option, an accelerated second degree BSN, and a Master of Science in Nursing. 

For more information (including admission requirements), please visit the School of Nursing and Health Sciences website or contact University Admissions at 215-637-3050 or e-mail

Holy Family University Welcomes Sixth President, Dr. Anne Prisco


Dr. Anne Prisco Ph.D. President Holy Family University 2021

This week, Holy Family University is welcoming Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D. as the sixth and first lay president of the University.

Prior to her leadership of the University, Dr. Prisco served as an administrator, faculty member, researcher and consultant in higher education. From 2012-2020, Dr. Prisco served at Felician University (then Felician College) in New Jersey. Dr. Prisco successfully led Felician University through a transformational period. Felician University is now thriving with record-breaking increases in enrollment and improvements in student success, a focus on inclusive excellence, shared governance, new partners, programs, growing net revenue and continued facilities enhancements.

“It is an honor to have been selected to lead Holy Family University into the next chapter of its history. I look forward to getting to know the community and to building upon the impressive foundation that has been set forth by President Sister Maureen McGarrity, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and all who have helped to create an environment of educational excellence,” stated Dr. Prisco. “I am especially drawn to Holy Family University’s pledge, teneor votis – I am bound by my responsibilities. This pledge is so relevant at this time when our shared humanity and responsibility to each other is ever more heightened.”

Her other roles in higher education included serving as a Vice President at Loyola Marymount University, a faculty member at St. John’s University, and a policy researcher at New York University.

Dr. Prisco’s educational background includes a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona with highest distinction, an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous academic, leadership, and service awards including a public policy fellowship from Columbia University, named a Top 50 Business Women in New Jersey, and the Wise Woman award from the National Organization for Italian-American Women.

Please join us in welcoming President Prisco to Holy Family University as she introduces herself to students, faculty, staff, and alumni over the upcoming weeks!

Dr. Margaret Harkins Appointed as Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

img imgmargaret harkinsToday Michael W. Markowitz, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holy Family University announced that Margaret Harkins, DNP, MBE, MSN, BSN, ASN has been appointed as Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences effective August 1, 2021.
President Anne M. Prisco, Ph.D. stated, "I am thrilled that Dr. Harkins has accepted this role at a time when health sciences education is in such great demand. Her leadership will play a critical role in the success of our programs and our students."
Dr. Harkins is nationally board certified both as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and a Geriatric Registered Nurse with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She maintains her current practice as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Bioethics Consultant.
Dr. Harkins is the recipient of the 2021 Holy Family University Faculty Excellence Award, the Nursing Spectrum Teaching Finalist Award, and the Didactic Teaching Excellence award recognized by BSN students at Drexel University.
Prior to coming to Holy Family University in 2015, Dr. Harkins served at a number of higher education institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and LaSalle University. Since arriving at Holy Family University, she has served in the capacity of assistant and associate professor, program coordinator, director of masters and doctoral programs, assistant dean, associate dean, and dean de facto. Her scholarship addresses clinical bioethics, gerontology, and end-of-life caregiving with a particular focus on educating new and experienced nurses as well as family caregivers.
Dr. Harkins serves on the Program Committee for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association. Dr. Harkins, along with her leadership team and nursing faculty have been instrumental in the university’s accreditation efforts with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 
Dr. Harkins holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chatham University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science degree in Clinical Bioethics from Albany Medical College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Temple University, and an Associate degree in Nursing from Philadelphia Community College. 
As Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr. Harkins looks forward to continuing to work with the exceptional leadership, faculty, and staff in the School of Nursing, Radiologic Sciences, and the Holy Family University community as she moves forward on achieving the institution's strategic planning goals and developing innovative opportunities within the University. 

Counseling Psychology Professor and PsyD Students Present Research at International Conference

Alexa Bonacquisti, Ph.D., assistant professor of Counseling Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Holy Family University, and a research team of three doctoral students in Counseling Psychology presented research at the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science (ACBS) Virtual World Conference in June 2021.

The ACBS World Conference was attended virtually by psychologists and mental health practitioners around the world. The three doctoral students in the Counseling Psychology PsyD program – Elizabeth BecksKristin McMahon '19, and Laura Prader '19 – collaborated with Dr. Bonacquisti on the poster presentation titled "The Relationship Between Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Processes and Psychological Functioning in Postpartum Women." The poster presented results describing the use of a specific type of therapy to treat postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Bonacquisti also delivered an oral presentation as part of a symposium with other professionals from the United States and the United Kingdom that focused on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for treating birth trauma.

For more information on the PsyD program at Holy Family University (including admission requirements), contact the Graduate Admissions Office at or 267-341-3327.