Second Degree BSN Program

Program Overview

For students who have earned a bachelor's degree in another field, the school offers a Second Degree BSN Program in an accelerated format. 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.

Admission is competitive and students are expected to have completed all prerequisite and non-nursing courses prior to admission. Students need a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a B or better in prerequisite courses to begin the program. Applicants normally have completed science courses with grades of A or B in the last 3-5 years.

The admission application deadline for the Second Degree BSN Nursing Program has been extended to December 1 for the next cohort that begins June 1, 2018.

 

 

 

Second Degree BSN Nursing at Fairfield

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The Future of Nursing

Information Session

Next Information Session:  Tuesday, April 17, 2018

5:30 - 6 p.m.: Check In & Refreshments

6 - 7 p.m.: Program presentations

Learn more about Fairfield’s nursing programs at our next on campus Information Session on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 5:30-7p.m. Meet our faculty and tour the new Egan School of Nursing and Health Sciences building where the event will be held.

Degree Program Requirements

Core Courses for Second Degree BSN

Humanities: 5 courses distributed as follows:

  • English (6 credits)
  • Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Ethics (3 credits)
  • Religious Studies (3 credits)

Prerequisites: 6 courses

  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Anatomy and physiology (8 credits)
  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • Chemistry (4 credits)

Selected prerequisite requirements may be met through challenge exams or transfer of credit from approved academic institutions.

General Electives: 11 courses (33 credits)

Summer 1

Credits
NS 110 Introduction to Professional Nursing
3
NS 112 Healthcare Delivery Systems
3
NS 270 Health Assessment
4
NS 272 Geriatric Nursing
4
NS 307 Therapeutic Nursing Interventions
3
Total  
17

Fall 1

Credits
NS 301 Wellness to Illness
4
NS 303 Basic Concepts of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
3
NS 305 Mental Health Nursing
4
NS 312 Patterns of Illness I
5
Total  
16

Spring 1

Credits
NS 310 Research in Nursing
3
NS 314 Nursing of Women and the Childbearing Family
4
NS 323 Nursing of Children and Family
4
NS 325 Patterns of Illness II
5
Total  
16

Summer 2

Credits
NS 321 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management
3
NS 330 Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing
4
NS 332 Transition: Professional Nursing Practice
4
Total  
11

Faculty

At Fairfield, our dedicated faculty play a critical role in our student’s personal and moral development as healthcare providers. Meet the faculty and staff at The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.

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.

Application Information

Applicants to the Second Degree BSN program at the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies should send original supporting application materials that cannot be uploaded into the online application (e.g., original college transcripts, test scores/waivers, etc.) to:

Fairfield University
Office of Admission for Part-Time and Continuing Studies
Kelley Center
1073 North Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

  • A Completed Application for Admission Form. Complete the online application to apply to the Egan School of Nursing Adult Learner Programs. After you have submitted your application, you can use this site to track the status of your application, and check if your supporting documents, such as transcripts and recommendations, have been received.
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history.
  • A Personal Statement describing your purpose in undertaking a baccalaureate nursing education. Include the factors or experience that led to your decision to pursue a BSN at Fairfield University.
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor.  Recommendtions are completed online and you will need to enter the email address of your recommender.
  • Interviews. Applicants are required to participate in an interview with the Adult Program Director as part of the admission process. Candidates can contact the Egan School of Nursing office (203) 254-4150 to schedule an appointment.
  • RN License for RN/BSN applicants only.

Measles and Rubella Immunization: Connecticut law requires that students born after December 31, 1956 provide proof of measles and rubella immunization. Although this is not required to complete an application, you must provide proof of immunization prior to course registration. Please keep in mind that this process can take some time, and that you must be in compliance before registration. Immunization verification information should be submitted directly to the University's Health Center. Download form.

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, you must also submit:

  • Certificate of finances in U.S. dollars. Bank seal & official bank signature is required on bank letterhead.
  • Certified English translations and course-by-course evaluations from approved evaluators of all academic records.
  • TOEFL test results if student's native language is not English. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390. (composite score of 550 for the paper test or 213 for the computer-based test, or 80 for the Internet based test is recommended)

International Transfer Students

International transfer students currently in the US with an F-1 Visa and attending another institution must submit the following documentation in addition to the above application requirements 30 days prior to the start of the semester:

  1. A copy of the student's unexpired passport visa
  2. A copy of the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record (the small, white card stapled into the passport)
  3. Copies of the previous I-20's issued to the student by other institutions
  4. SEVIS Transfer form

Application deadlines for International Students

Students must submit all application materials at least three months prior to the start of the program.

Life After Fairfield

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.

Learn about how Fairfield's Academic & Career Development Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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