From helping bring new babies into the world to reviving patients in the ER, nurses work in every corner of the health care profession, caring for people across their lifespan

Program Overview

Nurses assess health problems, develop plans for patient care and educate patients on disease prevention. With an expected shortfall of 1 million nurses by 2020, and nurses absorbing more responsibilities, career opportunities have never been greater. Nurses are in demand not only in acute care and primary care settings, but also in new and growing  fields, such as nursing informatics, which involves using patient data to improve the quality of care. 

You’ll experience diverse health care settings working with over 300 clinical affiliates in hospitals, clinics, schools, private practices and home health agencies. Through our study abroad trips designed for graduate and undergraduate students, you’ll work with other health disciplines to increase your awareness of international health issues.

Our program prepares you to be an integral member of the health care team and a transformational leader in the field. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and expertise to advance your education with a master’s or doctor of nursing practice degree.

Nursing student Sophia Dee checks blood pressure during Quinnipiac's annual Falls Prevention Day Thursday, Sept. 24, 2016 at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the university's North Haven Campus. The event is free and open to area senior citizens. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Strengthening communities

Nursing student Sophia Dee '17 checks blood pressure during Quinnipiac's annual Falls Prevention Day at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the university's North Haven Campus.

Student Spotlight

Instincts take over

The biggest test for Quinnipiac nursing student Ashley Darnsteadt ’18 didn’t occur in asimulation lab or even an emergency room. It happened when Darnsteadt, an EMT, responded to a late call about a woman going into labor in her own home. Her partner was inexperienced with childbirth, and eager to hand the reins over to the nurse in training.

Fresh off of her maternity rotations at Quinnipiac, the confident Darnsteadt rose to the occasion. Her training came back to her as she delivered the baby right on the woman’s bathroom floor, and prepared them both for transport to the nearest hospital.

Now an RA in the Nursing Living-Learning Community (LLC), Darnsteadt’s experiences are a source of inspiration for other nursing students, and she is committed to providing support for them whenever and wherever she can.

“I always knew she’d make an excellent nurse,” said nursing professor Carol Connery. “This only confirms it.”

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Passing the test

Ashley Darnsteadt '18, didn't hesitate when called upon to deliver a baby while working as an EMT.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Nursing Graduation Requirements

Foundations of Inquiry12
EN 101
Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing
EN 102
Academic Writing and Research
Freshman Year Seminar 101
Math Course (MA 275 or 206)
Disciplinary Inquiry (one course from each of the four Disciplinary Areas)13
BIO 101
General Biology I
Social Sciences
Fine Arts
Personal Inquiry (3 additional courses from 3 different Disciplinary Areas)10
BIO 102
General Biology II
Social Sciences
Fine Arts
Personal Inquiry II (9 additional credits from the Disciplinary Areas or UC Breadth Electives)9
Nursing Major Requirements16
BIO 211
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
BIO 212
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Chemical Principles with Bological Applications with Lab
Microbiology and Pathology with Lab
Open Elective3
Integrative Capstone Experience3
Professional Component Nursing Courses61
Total Credits127

The curriculum for the professional component is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines. Initial placement in English and mathematics courses is determined by examination.

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® examination, and qualify for entry-level nursing positions or graduate study. Those students contemplating applying for graduate study in nursing at Quinnipiac should refer to the Graduate Studies section of the catalog.

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The bachelor's degree in nursing, the master’s degree in nursing, and the doctor of nursing practice programs at Quinnipiac University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, 202-887-6791.

American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation

Quinnipiac's nursing program is also endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation.

Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

The nurse anesthesia programs are also accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Date of next review: 10/2019
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