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Rankings and Distinctions

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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.

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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.


Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Program Director Susan D’Agostino, DNP, performs a routine check-up on a patient in the Northeast Medical Connecticut Medical Group Pulmonary Care building in Hamden, CT on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Learn from experience

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Program Director Susan D’Agostino, DNP, performs a routine check-up on a patient in the Northeast Medical Connecticut Medical Group Pulmonary Care building in Hamden, CT on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

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. 


Nursing students Lynn Aureli, Christina Camacho and Hannah Lefebvre collaborate on a laptop with plants behind them.

Collaborative approach

Nursing students Lynn Aureli, Christina Camacho and Hannah Lefebvre study together inside the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

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 '17
School of Nursing
A student sits in an Adirondack chair in front of the North Haven Campus pond with green leaves in the trees.

Quiet moments

The picturesque North Haven Campus offers several tranquil settings where students can study or simply recharge.

Two students sit in comfortable chairs next to each other in front of a window in their residence hall room.

Living and learning

Roommates and fellow nursing students Shannon Oesterle ’20, left, and Sara Santo ’20 study together in their Living-Learning Community in Mountainview Residence Hall on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Two students wearing Quinnipiac shirts walk down a path on the quad lined with purple paper-bag luminaries.

Teaming up for a cure

Nursing students participate in the American Cancer Society's annual "Relay for Life" fundraiser.


Jars of medical exam equipment, including bandages, applicators, guaze, tongue depressors, and cotton balls.

Real-life environments

Our students have access to learning environments that closely mimic the real-world. This includes the Standardized Patient Assessment Center, where students conduct mock exams with trained patient actors.

Career Development

Male student in blue scrubs and stethoscope around his neck talks with another student in the simulation mannequins laboratory.

Skills to care

Manuel Lara ’18, a student in the accelerated BS in nursing program, learns about community care during a nursing pediatrics course.

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


Outside shot of the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences with spring flowers blooming on the trees

Learning together

The high-tech Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences allows students to work with equipment and resources in an environment that emphasizes interprofessional learning with students from the Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Centers and Resources

Three female students perform CPR on a simulation mannequin with medical equipment in the background.

Advanced learning facilities

Students in the accelerated BS in nursing program practice techniques to care for a patient in distress using the simulation mannequins in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on our North Haven Campus.

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.

Centers and Resources

Our Work

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
Attrition: 0
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)