Fairfield Expands Nationally Ranked Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies to Austin, Texas

Fairfield Expands Nationally Ranked Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies to Austin, Texas

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The expansion of Fairfield’s nursing programs into the Southwest reflects the evolution and innovation of the University’s academic programs nationally, and will generate a pipeline of nurse graduates to address nursing shortages in the region.

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Fairfield University is expanding its nationally ranked Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies with a new presence in Austin, Texas, pending review and approval by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Professional services firm JLL successfully secured a 10-year lease on a 23,040 square-foot property located at 7951 Shoal Creek Blvd. 

This lease marks the University’s national expansion beyond the Northeast. Internationally, Fairfield also offers an MBA program through its nationally ranked Dolan School of Business in Shanghai, China, and sends students around the world through its study abroad programs. 

“We are pleased to establish the University’s nursing school in Austin, at a prime location,'' said Fairfield University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD. “Not only does this opportunity allow us to expand as a University, but we will also be able to help provide a solution to the complex nursing shortage issue.”

Ellen Herman, Rhett Kruger, and Russell Young at JLL represented the tenant. Jay Legg and Jessie Contreras at MFB Real Estate Services LLC represented the landlord, West Austin Holdings.

“Austin is a booming market with a rapidly growing population,” said Ellen Herman. “The central location of Fairfield University's new campus is ideal as it will help meet the high demand for staffing medical teams while simultaneously providing easy access for students to learn directly from local healthcare professionals.”

The expansion into Texas aims to address the needs of the national healthcare system by establishing an additional nursing pathway at Fairfield University. The Texas campus will feature Fairfield Egan's full-time, 15-month accelerated second-degree baccalaureate nursing (SDNU) program with the first cohort beginning May 2023. At the completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become registered nurses. The SDNU program has been in existence at Fairfield Egan for more than two decades and is fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Among many national distinctions, U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Fairfield’s Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies among the Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs. The Egan School was ranked in the top 11 percent nationally at #76 (tied) out of almost 700 schools. It was also ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Graduate Schools in the Best Nursing Schools that offer Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees. Fairfield was ranked #3 in the state of Connecticut, and nationally tied at #76. Fairfield Egan also tied at #80 among Best Nursing Schools that offer master’s programs nationwide, and tied at #3 statewide with Quinnipiac University.

To learn more about Fairfield Egan, visit fairfield.edu/egan.

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