The School of Nursing community came together on May 15 to honor the Class of 2020 nursing students during the annual pinning ceremony that marks the achievement of their nursing degrees. A total of 161 students received their pins with their loved ones after collectively completing over 136,000 hours of class and didactic time, over 42,000 hours of lab experience and nearly 100,000 hours of clinical practice and fieldwork time during the past four years.
Rankings and Distinctions
Leader in career success
Our undergraduate nursing program is ranked #9 out of 518 schools nationwide by College Factual. This puts our program in the top 5% of all nursing programs in the United States. Based upon PayScale survey data, a student who graduates from Quinnipiac with a bachelor's degree in nursing will make an average early-career wage of $67,000 and average mid-career wage of $76,000. This is above the national average of all nursing graduates, who make $53,000 in their early career. It is also above the average for nursing graduate’s mid-career salary of $70,000.
Top learning environment
The research team at Nursing Schools Almanac ranked Quinnipiac #8 out of 60 nursing schools in New England. They evaluated nursing schools in the region on three dimensions: the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value; the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered; and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination. This is compared to schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Passionate clinicians and educators
Our professors draw upon decades of experience, and also provide invaluable insight for their students into where the profession is headed. All of the full-time nursing faculty have doctoral degrees, and the majority of our full- and part-time faculty are actively practicing nurses or conducting research.
Susan D’Agostino, director the School of Nursing’s nurse practitioner programs, is one prime example. D’Agostino has been a nurse for 32 years, including 12 as an emergency room registered nurse (RN) and 21 as a primary care nurse practitioner (NP).
As director, she draws upon her extensive experience and clinical network to assist students with clinical placements. D’Agostino ensures that each student is placed with the right affiliate by matching their strengths and goals to a preceptor’s personality, expectations and workstyle. Such a personalized approach is rare in nursing education, and is a cornerstone of our teaching approach.
In the classroom, D’Agostino believes in open communication and interactive lectures that rely on simulations which reflect real-life patient scenarios. One of her favorite methods is to use professional actors to act out symptoms that her students must diagnose and treat for in the Standardized Patient and Assessment Center (S-PAC).
“Our job is to educate our nursing students and help make them marketable and successful,” D’Agostino said. “You can’t do this job effectively if you don’t know the preceptor sites, the clinical players and your students well.”
Programs at a Glance
Degrees for every phase of your clinical journey
Whether you’re just beginning your education in nursing or looking to advance to a leadership position, we offer programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.
Our programs and dedicated faculty will prepare you to assume roles in hospitals, clinics, schools and many other settings. You also may choose to forge a path as a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist, or pursue a more specialized area such as population health.
We believe that learning should transcend the lecture hall, and blend theory with practice. You’ll have opportunities to gain practical experience in various clinical settings, which also might include study abroad or participating in a global solidarity trip.
School and Campus Life
A connected and driven community
When you join the School of Nursing, you become part of a supportive community with a shared passion for the profession. We offer many opportunities to get involved, through an active network of student groups, volunteer opportunities and a unique living environment dedicated to nursing students.
Our clinics enable you to work alongside one another as you put your skills to use for those most in need. You might join the Quinnipiac Student Nurses Association (QSNA) or the Graduate Student Nurses Association (GSNA). Students who qualify may join the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses. These groups participate in special outings, host guest lectures, organize fundraisers and volunteer in the community.
You also have the option to live in a unique Living-Learning Community (LLC) designed specifically for freshmen nursing students. Here, you’ll have the chance to participate in specialized activities related to health care, as well as study sessions, group discussions and student-run social events. The LLC provides you the opportunity to meet with faculty informally to hear stories about their professional journey and discuss what you can expect as you begin yours.
“Living in the nursing residential community has given me the opportunity to make connections and friendships with people in the same major as me, and it’s helped keep me more focused.”Jordan LaCross '17School of Nursing
These numbers all but guarantee success
Our recent nursing graduates had a 98% success rate 6 months after graduating, either securing employment in a wide variety of specializations, or gaining acceptance to graduate school. This is due in large part to our extensive advisory program and list of professional resources.
Throughout your time at Quinnipiac you’ll have access to on-campus career fairs, a strong alumni network of health care professionals and a range of career development services to help you with everything from preparing your resume to completing graduate school applications.Career Development
Centers and Resources
Learning integrative care in real-time
Nursing students start their classes on the Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, and then attend classes in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the North Haven Campus in their upper-class years. The state-of-the-art building features sophisticated labs and simulation technology that create real-life work settings. These facilities are at the heart of our interprofessional approach that develops leadership and teamwork skills by placing nursing, medical, health sciences, education and law students in collaborative learning activities. Our facilities, faculty and learning opportunities will prepare you for the ever changing world of health care.
Your future starts here
Quinnipiac’s application process is personalized, high-touch and transparent. You’ve worked hard to get to this point, and admissions counselors are available to walk you through the next steps, and ensure that you begin your college career without any confusion or doubts.
Making the world healthier one patient at a time
Our students are active in addressing one of the greatest challenges of the world today — access to quality health care. Nursing students, faculty and alumni are making a meaningful difference, locally, nationally and globally. They work side-by-side with caregivers in the community and also are proud to treat individuals who have served our country and their families. These hands-on experiences give them the experience and skillset that they need to succeed.
Accreditation and Certification
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, the master's degree in nursing program, and the doctor of nursing practice program at Quinnipiac University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program for Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
Date of next review: Fall 2029
Certification exam pass rate: First-time takers: 100%
Employment rate: 100%
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American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation
Many of the nursing programs within Quinnipiac University’s School of Nursing also are endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Graduates of these programs are eligible to take the appropriate national exam to become a Board Certified Holistic Nurse at the basic or advanced level of nursing:
- Bachelor's degree (HNB-BC)
- Nurse practitioner graduate degree (APHN-BC or AHN-BC)
Quinnipiac is a national leader for long-term return on investment at the 40-year mark, providing graduates with strong earnings potential for decades after they collect their diploma, according to the first-of-its-kind study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.