History

son_nursingThe School of Nursing was founded as a four-year full time undergraduate baccalaureate program in 1970 and has enjoyed continuous recognition for the quality of the faculty members and graduates since its inception. Undergraduate and graduate programs are approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing and are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

  • 1970: First class of nursing students admitted
  • 1974: School of Nursing graduates first class of 19 nurses
  • 1976: Ground breaking for School of Nursing building
  • 1977: Dedication for School of Nursing building
  • 1980: RN-BSN program inaugurated
  • 1989: Nursing Honor Society established
  • 1992: Chartered Mu Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International
  • 1992: Accelerated Nursing Program for second degree students begins
  • 1994: Master of Science in Nursing established
  • 1994: Health Promotion Center opens in Bridgeport, CT
  • 1995: First semester-long nursing study abroad program begins in England
  • 1996: Post Master's Certificate Program offered in Masters Program
  • 1996: Nursing semester abroad program moves to Galway, Ireland
  • 2004: School of Nursing Advisory Board established
  • 2007: Nurse Anesthesia Program established in collaboration with
    Bridgeport Hospital Anesthesia Associates
  • 2007: United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    VA Nursing Academy Grant Awarded
  • 2007: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) awarded accreditation of the baccalaureate and master's degree programs for a term of 10 years extending to December 31, 2017
  • 2008: Dedication of the Robin Kanarek Learning Resource Center
  • 2010: The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), the first doctoral program at Fairfield University, is established
  • 2010: Fairfield University Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for a term of ten years extending to 2020
  • 2012: School of Nursing graduates first doctorate class