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Fairfield University's Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies programs use the latest in medical equipment and small classroom settings to provide a practical and engaging education for its students. Coupling real-life simulations and opportunities to practice in a variety of clinical settings with the depth of a Jesuit education, you will be equipped with the necessary skills, experience, and ethics, to make a difference in patients' lives and the healthcare system.

The Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies

The Departments


Traditional Undergraduate Nursing

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.

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Second Degree Nursing

For students who have earned a bachelor's degree in another field, the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies offers a Second Degree BSN Program in an accelerated format leading to a B.S. in nursing. Upon completion of prerequisite courses, students matriculate and complete degree requirements in approximately 15 months. A total of 60 credits must be earned at Fairfield University after the first degree is awarded.

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Public Health

The Public Health program at the Egan School is a prevention-oriented, multi-disciplinary field that promotes conditions to protect and improve the health of people and communities. The coursework for the Public Health major and minor reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field by having students take courses in biological sciences, environmental science, nursing, the humanities, social sciences, and administration.

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Health Studies

New! Human health and healthcare is an integral and essential part of everyone's life. We will all become part of the conversation, as healthcare requires an ever-larger share of society's resources. The minor in health studies is a 15-credit interdisciplinary minor that will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the complex issues related to the current and future environment of contemporary healthcare.

Interdisciplinary program with minor only.

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Social Work

The bachelor of social work (BSW) program at Fairfield University prepares graduates to recognize and value the inherent worth and dignity of all people and promote the wellbeing of individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities. The program is committed to serving a diverse society and advancing respect for diversity, human rights and social, economic and environmental justice.

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Student Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate effectiveness in planning and providing holistic evidence-based nursing care for diverse individuals and populations.
  2. Create an environment for the provision of care within clinical microsystems with attention to quality, safety, information systems and health care ethics.
  3. Use clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making based on nursing science, related theory, and current evidence, to inform the delivery of care across the lifespan.
  4. Participate in inter- and intra-professional communication and collaboration in partnership with individuals and populations to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered care.
  5. Translate knowledge from research, benchmarking, quality improvement and other relevant sources into practice to address health related problems.
  6. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities and sciences in developing and providing care that is guided by the values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, global citizenship, and social justice.
  7. Demonstrate professional growth, through the cultivation of self-awareness, responsibility, accountability, creativity, leadership and commitment to lifelong learning.
  8. Advocate for patients, consumers and the nursing profession through involvement in the political process, and health/patient care policies and practices.

The V.A. Nursing Academy Partnership

A collage of students meeting with patients in the VA Academy.Fairfield University's Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies continues in a strong formal partnership with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

The Veterans Affairs Nursing Academy was established in 2007 as a five-year pilot program to facilitate stronger and mutually beneficial partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Egan School of Nursing.  The VA Nursing Academy incentivized the development of new models of academic partnerships based on strong and trusting relationships, shared faculty and trainees, innovation in education and patient care, and an emphasis on scholarship and inquiry. Internal and external assessments of the pilot program have demonstrated strongly positive learning and professional development outcomes and a favorable return on investment.

This funded program ended in August, 2013, but the partnership continues. Both the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies are committed to continuing our goals of educating more baccalaureate prepared nurses with the knowledge and skills to care for Veterans and their families, provide academic support to VA nurses continuing their education and work together on clinical improvement and research projects.  Our students all receive a Veteran - Centric Curriculum and are offered opportunities participate in the VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program and the post-baccalaureate Nurse Residency (PBNR) Program.



Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies is one of four schools selected for U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Program to address nursing shortage

Course of Study

See Nursing course descriptions from our catalog for more information

NS 110 Introduction to Professional Nursing
NS 112 Healthcare Delivery
NS 250 Dimensions of Professional Nursing
NS 252 Health Assessment for Registered Nurses
NS 270 Health Assessment
NS 272 Geriatric Nursing
NS 301 Health and Wellness
NS 303 Basic Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
NS 305 Mental Health Nursing
NS 307 Fundamentals of Nursing Care
NS 310 Foundations of Research for Evidence Based Practice
NS 312 Medical Surgical Nursing I
NS 314 Maternal and Newborn Nursing
NS 321 Professional Nursing Leadership
NS 323 Pediatric Nursing
NS 325 Medical Surgical Nursing II
NS 330 Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing
NS 332 Transition to Professional Nursing
NS 356 Transition Seminar for Professional Nursing
NS 360 Critical Care Nursing
NS 399 Nursing Independent Study

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