Fairfield University's Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies offers undergraduate students a strong liberal arts education along with the theory-based knowledge and skills to work in the expanding fields of nursing and healthcare. Students grow personally and professionally and become committed and compassionate nurses, capable of providing professional care to people in any setting.
Faculty members are experts in the field, and work diligently to provide a simulation-focused approach to their teaching. Faculty advisors work closely with students to provide academic advice, individualized attention, and career planning. Small classes are a key component to the program, simulating clinical practice to give students a real-world sense of life in the industry.
The curriculum combines theoretical and clinical components. Each school year clinical work increases, until the majority of time is spent in nursing courses. To ensure that students receive the clinical experience needed, Fairfield has partnerships with many clinical facilities, including hospitals, outpatient department, rehabilitation and community health centers, public health departments, long-term care facilities, health care clinics and the Fairfield University Health Promotion Center.
Upon graduation, students are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse. The School of Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing.
*Fairfield University students, who are currently enrolled in any major, have the option to change their major to nursing. The School of Nursing has created a unique opportunity for full-time, undergraduate students who have successfully completed Fairfield University core requirements to transfer into the School of Nursing. Nursing classes will begin in the summer between Junior and Senior Year. Students will join the accelerated nursing program students, maintaining their full-time undergraduate status, and graduate with a Bachelor of Science of Nursing in August following their senior year.