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Program Overview

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 Egan School has created a unique opportunity for full-time, undergraduate students who have successfully completed Fairfield University core requirements to transfer into the Egan School. 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 in Nursing in August following their senior year.

Egan School Rankings

#1
Best College for Nursing in CT

– Niche's 2020 Best Colleges

Top 5
Nursing School in New England

– 2019 Nursing Schools Almanac

#1
Nursing Program in Connecticut

– College Factual

#7
Nursing Program in the Nation

– College Factual

Program Requirements

The Magis Core Four-Year Program

Begins with the class of 2023.

Fall Semester
CHEM 1184 + Lab or Math
Math is based on placement. Math level 1016 or > level. If a student was placed in MATH 1016, the next course is MATH 1017.
English 1001
Language
Biology 1107 + Lab
History 1100 level
OR
Religious Studies 1100 level
OR
Philosphy 1101 level
Spring Semester
NURS 1110 or NURS 1112
Literature or Visual Performing Arts
Literature requirement can be English Literature, Modern Languages Literature, or Classic Literature.
VPA < 2200 level includes Art History, Film, Television, Music, Studio Art, or Theater.
CHEM 1184 + Lab or Math
Math is based on placement. Math level 1016 or > level. If a student was placed in MATH 1016, the next course is MATH 1017.
BIOL 1108 + Lab
History 1100 level
OR
Religious Studies 1100 level
OR
Philosphy 1101 level
Fall Semester
NURS 1112 or NURS 1110
NURS 2303
PSYC 1110 or BIOL 1151 + Lab
History 1100 level
OR
Religious Studies 11000 level
OR
Philosphy 1101 level
OR
Math 1017 or 2217
Math is based on placement. Math level 1016 or > level. If a student was placed in MATH 1016, the next course is MATH 1017.
Literature or Visual Performing Arts
Literature requirement can be English Literature, Modern Languages Literature, or Classic Literature.
VPA < 2200 level includes Art History, Film, Television, Music, Studio Art, or Theater.
Spring Semester
NURS 2270
NURS 2272 or NURS 3305
BIOL 1151 + Lab or PSYCH 1110
History 2200 or 3300 level
OR
Religious Studies 22000 level
OR
Philosphy 2200 level
Math 1017 or 2217
Math is based on placement. Math level 1016 or > level. If a student was placed in MATH 1016, the next course is MATH 1017.

Note: Choose from two different disciplines HIST 2200 or 3300 level or PHIL 2200 level or RLST 2200 level.

Fall Semester
NURS 3301
NURS 3305 or NURS 2272
NURS 3307 + Lab
History 2200 or 3300 level
OR
Religious Studies 22000 level
OR
Philosphy 2200 level
Behavioral & Social Science
Behavioral & Social Sciences include Sociology & Anthropology (except 1200 and 1210), Psychology, Economics, Politics, and Communication.
Spring Semester
NURS 3310
NURS 3312
NURS 3314 or NURS 4323
Applied Ethics (AETH) Elective

Note: Choose from two different disciplines HIST 2200 or 3300 level or PHIL 2200 level or RLST 2200 level.

Fall Semester
NURS 4323 or NURS 3314
NURS 4325
Free Elective
Free Elective
Spring Semester
NURS 4321
NURS 4330
NURS 4332
Free Elective
Free Elective
Signature Elements in Orientation, Exploration, and Major Courses
One (1) Course Interdisciplinary Element
Three (3) Courses Writing Intensive Element
Three (3) Courses Social Justice Element
Overall Total 130 Credits
38 Courses (3 – 4 credits)
Note: Last 30 credits must be from Fairfield University

Clinical Partners

Students obtain their clinical experience at the following approved clinical sites. They will be required to complete 546 clinical hours and 112 lab hours plus additional practice time and class simulation.

Greenwich Hospital

Stamford Hospital

Norwalk Hospital

Danbury Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital

Yale New Haven Hospital

Milford Hospital

Griffin Hospital

St. Vincent's Medical Center

Connecticut Children’s

Greater Bridgeport Mental Health

West Haven Veteran Affairs

Waterbury Hospital

St. Mary's Hospital

Nathaniel Witherell

Jewish Senior Services

Lord Chamberlain

Bishop Wicke

St. Joseph’s

Ludlowe Rehabilitation

Fairfield Undergraduate Transfer Students

Fairfield University students who are currently enrolled in any major now have the option to change their major to nursing. The Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies has created a unique opportunity for full-time, undergraduate students who have successfully completed Fairfield University core requirements to transfer into the Egan School. 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 in nursing in August following their senior year.

Begins with the class of 2023. Program starts end of May/Beginning of June.

Full-Time Internal Transfer Student to Nursing Program

Philosophy 1101
Philosphy Elective 2200 level
English 1001
English Literature
ENGL elective must be English Literature (not writing).
Modern/Classical Language
Visual Performing Arts < 2200 Level
Math < 3300 Level (no 1100 level)
Religious Studies 1100 Level
Religious Studies Elective 2200 Level
History 1110
OR
Classical Studies (CLST) 1115/1116 (First Level)
History Elective 2200 or 3300 Level
Students may choose from two different disciplines:
History 2200 or 3300 Level, or Philosphy or Religious Studies at 2200 Level
Applied Ethics (AETH) Elective
Behavioral & Social Science
Behavioral & Social Sciences include Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Anthropology (except ANTH 1200 and 1210), Economics and Communications
Free Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective
Total Credits 48
Biology 1107 + LAB
Biology 1108 + LAB
Biology 1151 + LAB
Math 1017 or Higher
Chemistry 1184 + LAB
Psychology 1110
Total Credits 22
Credits
NURS 1110 Introduction to Professional Nursing 3
NURS 1112 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
NURS 2270 Health Assessment 4
NURS 2272 Geriatric Nursing 4
NURS 3307 Fundamentals of Nursing Care 3
(ATI)
Total 17
Fall Semester - 2 Day Class/2 Clinical
Credits
NURS 3301 Health & Wellness 3
NURS 2303 Basic Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
NURS 3305 Mental Health Nursing 4
NURS 3312 Medical Surgical Nursing I 5
(ATI)
Total 15
Holiday Recess December 24 – January 2
Spring Semester - 2 Day Class/2 Clinical
Credits
NURS 3310 Foundations of Research for Evidence Based Practice 3
NURS 4323 Pediatric Nursing 4
NURS 4321 Professional Nursing Leadership 3
NURS 4325 Medical Surgical Nursing II 5
(ATI)
Total 15
Credits
NURS 3314 Maternal and Newborn Nursing 4
NURS 4330 Population Health 4
NURS 4332 Transition to Professional Nursing 4
ATI Throughout Program
NCLEX review course at midpoint NURS 4332
Total 12
Overall Total 130 Credits
38 Courses (3 – 4 credits)
Note: Last 30 credits must be from Fairfield University
Can walk at May Graduation
Offically graduate in August (August 30)

Internships

There are two types of internships students can attain: internships for academic credit and non-credit internships. Internships for academic credit must be approved by faculty and are connected to an academic course. Some departments have lists of available for-credit internships and some may approve internships that you find on your own as well.

Undergraduate Admission

With a long history of preparing men and women for careers in the expanding fields of medicine and health studies and ranked as one of the nation’s best nursing schools, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies is dedicated to delivering an excellent, comprehensive education to our students. Applications for the nursing program are evaluated by the Office of Admission.

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Nurses diagnose human responses to actual and potential health problems, identify individual strengths and nursing care needs, and plan and deliver culturally competent care that promotes, maintains, or restores health. The role of the nurse is conceptualized as helping clients across the life span to maximize their optimum potential.

Nursing practice integrates scientific problem-solving with holistic caring. Based on research and theoretical knowledge, the nursing process is used as a problem-solving approach to analyze information and prioritize patient care needs for individuals and groups.

Characteristics of professional nursing practice include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Decision-making
  • Accountability

Behaviors integral to professional nursing's role are:

  • Advocacy
  • Political activism
  • Effective communication
  • Collegiality
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Scholarship

Nurses function as integral members of multidisciplinary teams, engage in interdependent roles, and collaborate with other healthcare providers, lients, and family members. Leadership and management skills are essential to shape the future of healthcare and help others attain goals and facilitate change.

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