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Career Development

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You’re in high demand

Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations in America, and as the health care system continues to undergo historic changes, nurses with 21st-century skills are in high demand. Our central focus at the School of Nursing is to ensure that your experience here prepares you for an exciting career after Quinnipiac. With dozens of clinical partnerships at local hospitals and clinics that specialize in different areas of health care, and plenty of one-on-one faculty guidance, you’ll find a career path that reflects your interests.

By the Numbers

Number 1 ranked in the nation

Best employment rate

As of 2020, Quinnipiac University has the best overall graduate employment rate in the country at 96.1% 10 years after graduation.

For the second consecutive year, Quinnipiac has been named the top college in the United States for successful career placement following graduation by

"At Quinnipiac, we provide the knowledge and tools you need to make an impact in any field you choose. We create a solid foundation for your future success. In a landscape dominated by small, liberal arts colleges and large, research institutions, Quinnipiac is unique. We focus on career readiness and deliver extraordinarily well-prepared professionals," said Annalisa Zinn, vice president for academic innovation and effectiveness., which is designed to offer the tools to find users the right career, examined data from the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard to determine the college with the highest listed job placement numbers 10 years after graduation in each state using federal tax return data, providing a good snapshot into the longer term return on investment of a degree.


Career Growth Rate

Percentage growth rate for employment of nurse practitioners between 2016 and 2026


Path to a Rewarding Career

Median salary for nurse anesthetists in 2016


Senior nursing student Christina Brainard smiles as she participates in a mock interview.

Polishing your professional skills

Christina Brainard ’18 participates in a mock interview with Connecticut Nurses Association member Debbie Morrill during the School of Nursing’s mock interview session.


Career Development

Olivia Bemis stands near a clinical skills mannequin while she wears a mask and pulls on latex gloves

Learning in professional settings

Nursing student Olivia Bemis works in one of the labs in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

We’re with you every step of the way

Our career development services are numerous, and designed to help you with your job search or future academic plans. Some of these include resume writing, interview preparation, alumni networking and assistance with grad school applications. 

You’ll gain a competitive edge in the job market through extensive, hands-on experience in professional settings where you’ll learn to interact with real patients. We’ve designed our clinical programs to build the diverse set of skills needed by today’s nurses, and have developed partnerships with many clinical sites where you'll work in teams with health care professionals treating patients of all ages.


Pass Rate

Percentage of traditional undergraduate Quinnipiac students who passed the RN National Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN®)


Success Rate

Percentage of our 2019 nursing graduates who were either employed or furthering their education within 6 months after graduating


Clinical Experiences

Your experiences will set you apart

At Quinnipiac, a big part of your experience will involve getting off campus and working with actual patients in clinical settings. We share partnerships with several clinical health networks, private primary care, specialty offices and college health settings.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities in the field practicing your skills, interacting with patients and making a difference. You will feel the pulse of a real community practice, getting a read on what it takes to be a compassionate, competent nurse. These experiences are what will set you up for success — and also what will set you apart from the competition.

Clinical Partners
Nursing students Julia McKenna ’17 and Christopher Diaz ’17 examine a patient's leg

Finding answers

Nursing students Julia McKenna ’17 and Christopher Diaz ’17 examine a patient for edema at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


Clinical Affiliation Sites

The number of clinical affiliations where our students gain practical experience, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers and other health care settings

Holistic Certification

Two students practice yoga in front a mirror in the calming Relaxation and Wellness Studio

Space to practice

We encourage our nursing students to practice the same self-care they advise their patients. We offer lots of opportunity for fitness and recreation, including the Relaxation and Wellness Studio on the North Haven Campus, which offers a chance to unwind, reconnect and release the stresses of the day.

A holistic approach that increases your value

Our School of Nursing is 1 of only 15 nursing schools with holistically endorsed programs by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation. Our holistic curriculum teaches students not only to focus on symptoms, but to address the totality of patient needs, giving them a tremendous professional advantage. 

Graduates from our nursing programs have the added benefits of an expedited application to become certified holistic nurses. The usual requirements — one year of nurse practitioner or holistic nursing practice, 48 hours of continuing education in holistic nursing, and a reflective essay — are waived. Quinnipiac graduates only need to pass a quantitative test to become certified. 

“School of Nursing faculty members believe an essential aspect of integrating holism into the curriculum is providing classroom, lab, simulation and clinical experiences that foster the students’ understanding of what whole-person caring is. They blend both Eastern and Western approaches in nursing practice to provide students with a solid foundation in caring and healing practice.”
Cynthia Barrere
Professor of Nursing

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