A row of simulation mannequins in hospital beds surrounded by equipment in a clinical skills teaching classroom.

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Overview

Learn and collaborate in world-class clinical settings

The School of Nursing is based in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and includes sophisticated labs and equipment ideal for teaching our students how to collaborate with other health care professionals in realistic working environments.

We also offer strong partnerships with area hospitals and health care facilities for highly effective clinical experiences. As part of a larger university that includes Schools of Medicine, Health Sciences, Law, Education, Business, Engineering and Communications, and a College of Arts and Sciences, you'll have opportunities to collaborate with faculty and students from other disciplines, giving you a wider perspective and varied experiences.

World-Sized Classroom

Healing communities at home and abroad

Each year Quinnipiac’s nursing students gain a global perspective on health care through various international service trips and study abroad opportunities that take them to countries such as Nicaragua to assist local health clinics in treating underserved populations.

Nursing student consults a clipboard while observing patients in a clinic in Nicaragua

International care

School of Nursing students travel to Nicaragua to assist in local clinics.

Working with veterans is one of the nursing school’s great privileges. We partner with Joining Forces, a program that encompasses an interprofessional group of students and faculty who examine the health issues that affect our veterans and determine how best to address those needs.

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Nursing and PA students read a monitor above a mannequin as they get ready to catch a newborn during a simulated birth

Collaborative environments

Nursing student Brooke McMahon ’18 and Physician Assistant students Collin Dimier, MHS ’19, and Tracy Campbell, MHS ’19, deliver a baby during a simulated birth in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus. The School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences collaborated to give students a more real world labor and delivery experience using simulation mannequins usually only found in world-class teaching hospitals.

Interdisciplinary Learning

Learning in a team-based model

Our curriculum focuses on the development of interprofessional skills in dynamic environments. Our well-equipped labs reflect the realism and unpredictability of ERs, urgent care facilities, primary care settings and long term care settings. Thanks to our patient simulation mannequins, you’ll have an opportunity to assist with a simulated childbirth on one day, and respond to a cardiac arrest on another.

Mastering theory, technology and modern nursing procedures represents only part of your educational experience. You'll also learn what it is like to be part of an integrated health care team with students from other disciplines such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant and medicine.

The Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education offers innovative opportunities for students in the Schools of Health Sciences, Medicine and Nursing to learn and practice together. You’ll work collaboratively to better understand other care providers’ roles in different situations, identify more effective and efficient delivery options and enhance each other's clinical skills.

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A student swaddles a newborn mannequin following a simulated birth

Building clinical skill and intuition

Current technology simulation mannequins and other interactive resources help nursing students develop the kind of instincts necessary to respond to myriad patient needs.

“One of the key objectives here is to work on interprofessional communication and teamwork. We are fortunate to be able to offer our students this opportunity to practice together in a safe environment to increase their confidence and prepare them for their work in an actual clinical setting.”
Liana Kappus
Simulation director, School of Nursing

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Simulated births

In Spring 2017, we simulated 56 births with an interprofessional team of nursing and physician assistant students.

Featured Facilities

Interactive and intuitive learning

The 325,000-square-foot Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, located on the North Haven Campus, is a state-of-the-art learning center designed to simulate emergency and operating rooms, as well as a range of other clinical settings.

We believe that simulating the front lines of patient care is the only way to educate nurses. You’ll learn how to assess patient needs in our 7 high-fidelity simulation suites and manage multiple situations in our 16 standardized patient rooms. Graduate and nurse anesthetist students also have access to a Human Anatomy Laboratory and skill labs that feature anatomical models and the same equipment used in real clinical settings.

These facilities and labs will help you master technical and decision-making skills in diverse environments and under the guidance of faculty mentors.

Victoria Concetti practices central venous clinical skills on simulation equipment.

Where clinical theory and practice merge

Classrooms in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences are equipped to enable students to practice clinical skills in settings that effectively prepare them for clinicals and full-time work.

Academic Support

Resources to help you succeed

We understand that no two students learn in exactly the same way and at exactly the same pace. Whether you need help with complex course materials, suggestions for improving your study habits or you're just looking for guidance on your term paper, the Learning Commons provides the professional and peer-to-peer resources you need.

In addition, if you have a disability that you would like to disclose, the Office for Student Accessibility will work with you to ensure that you have equal access to educational opportunities, and can connect you with the academic resources required for your success.

Living-Learning Community

Three roommates sit in comfy chairs and laugh together in their residence

Forming a support system

Freshman nursing students and roommates study together in the Nursing Living-Learning Community. From left: Sophia Pirro, Katie Brendemuehl and Shannon Oesterle.

Living with purpose

Quinnipiac promotes a culture of community, collaboration and inclusiveness. The nursing Living-Learning Community provides freshmen students with a daily support system, as well as the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with other nursing students and faculty.

Living in this unique community enables you to participate in regularly planned activities connected to health care, meet with faculty informally to hear stories about their professional journey and engage in volunteer activities with nursing students. You'll also participate in group study sessions, special events and other experiences not typically found in a conventional classroom or residence hall. 

“Living in the nursing Living-Learning Community was a game changer for me. Going into college not knowing what to expect is a scary thing, but being around people in the same major made my transition to college so much better. We are not just friends in the LLC; we are family.”
Charles Sharkey ‘21
Nursing
Charles Sharkey and two other students sit and talk around a table with laptops and text books.

Shared interests

Charles Sharkey '21 meets with other residents of the Living-Learning Community to study.

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