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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 of Nursing has created a unique opportunity for full-time, undergraduate students who have successfully completed Fairfield University core requirements to transfer into the Egan School of Nursing. 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 of Nursing's SimMan

The Future of Nursing

Program Requirements

First Year - Fall Semester

Credits
PH101/CH84 Philosophy or Chemistry
3/4
EN 11 Texts and Contexts I
3
ML/VPA Modern Language or Visual-Performing Arts
3
MA 19/119 Introduction to Calculus
3
BI 107 Human Anatomy and Physiology      4
Total  
16/17

 

First Year - Spring Semester

Credits

NS 110/
NS 112

Introduction to Professional Nursing or
Healthcare Delivery Systems
3
EN 12 Texts and Contexts II
3
ML/VPA Modern Language or Visual-Performing Arts
3
CH 84/
PH101
Chemistry or
Philosophy
4/3
BI 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology      4
Total  
16/17

 

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

Credits
NS112/
NS 110
Healthcare Delivery Systems or
Introduction to Professional Nursing
3
NS 303 Basic Concepts of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology     3
PY111/
BI 151
Developmental Psychology or
Elements of Microbiology
3/4
MA 17
HI 10
Intro to Probability and Statistics or
Origins of the Modern World
3
RS 101 Exploring Religion
3
Total  
15/17

 

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

Credits
NS 270 Health Assessment
4
NS 272/
NS 305
Geriatric Nursing or
Mental Health Nursing
4
BI 151/
PY 111
Elements of Microbiology or
Developmental Psychology
4/3
MA 17 Intro to Probability and Statistics or
Origins of the Modern World
      3
Total  
14/15

Junior Year - Fall Semester

Credits
NS 301 Wellness to Illness
 4
NS 305/
NS 272
Mental Health Nursing or
Geriatric Nursing
    4
NS 307 Therapeutic Nursing Intervention     3
HI/EN History or English elective
 3
PH/RS Philosophy or Religions Studies elective
 3
Total  
17

Junior Year - Spring Semester

Credits
NS 310 Research in Nursing
3
NS 312 Patterns of Illness I
5
NS 314/
NS 323
Nursing of Women and the Childbearing Family or
Nursing of Children and Family
4
AE Ethics Elective
3
Total  
15

Senior Year - Fall Semester

Credits
NS 323/
NS314
Nursing of Children and Family or
Nursing of Women and Childbearing Family
4
NS 325 Patterns of Illness II
5
RS/PH Religious Studies or Philosophy elective
3
EN 100-199 English Core Literature
3
SS Social Science elective
3
Total  
18

Senior Year - Spring Semester

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
EL Free Elective   3
EL Free Elective   3
Total  
17

Total Credits: 130
Total Courses: 38

*Current, full-time Fairfield University undergraduate students that transfer into the Egan School of Nursing follow a unique set of requirements.

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 of Nursing. 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. 

Special Requirements for Current, Full-Time Fairfield University Undergraduate Students Transfering to the Egan School of Nursing

Admission requirements include: 

  • An appointment with Adult Program Director for advisement in Freshman or Sophomore year.
  • Completion of all the core requirements of the university by the end of junior year with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Core courses must include one course in applied ethics. 

Pre-requisite courses: Must be completed with a grade of B or better. Biology courses need permission from the Health Science Chair Dr. Geoff Church, Chemistry courses require permission from the Department Chair, Dr. Kraig Steffan. 

  • Bio 107 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Bio 108 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Bio 151 Microbiology
  • Chem 84 Chemistry for the Health Sciences
  • Ma 17 Introduction to Probability and Statistics or Ma 217 or Py 203
  • Py 111 Developmental Psychology for Non-majors or PY 211 Developmental Psychology for Majors 

For further information, please contact: 

Carole A. Pomarico, MA, MSN, RN
Adult Program Director/Assistant Professor
capomarico@fairfield.edu
(203) 254-4000 ext 2711 

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.

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.

Undergraduate Admission

Applications for the Traditional BSN program are evaluated by the Office of Admission. Students who declare a nursing major are accepted directly into the Egan School of Nursing in their first year.

 

Information on the CampusRN scholarship program

Adult Learners

RN Students
Registered nurse students may earn advanced placement in the nursing major for a maximum of 30-34 credits. Advanced placement is awarded for most students through the articulation agreement among nursing programs. The RN to BS in nursing program individualizes learning experiences for completion of the degree.

 

Second Degree Students
For students who have earned a bachelor's degree in another field, the school offers an accelerated program leading to a BS 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 after the first degree is awarded. Students must complete all prerequisite and non-nursing courses prior to admission. All students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher and earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in prerequisite courses.

 

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials for Admission
If you are applying for admission to one of our undergraduate programs and have earned your undergraduate degree outside of the United States, please arrange to submit an evaluation of your coursework for your application file.

Dates & Deadlines

Traditional Full-time Undergraduate Students

Regular Decision

  • Admission Application Deadline - January 15‌
  • Notification Date - April 1
  • Financial Aid Deadlines - CSS Profile and FAFSA - February 15

In recognition of first-year applicants who have excelled academically while in high school, Fairfield University offers a limited Magis scholarship program. Please note that freshmen seeking to matriculate in the spring semester are not eligible for Magis scholarships.
All awards are renewable annually as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA.

  • Notification Date - April 1
  • Financial Aid Application Deadline - February 15

Early Action
Students who consider Fairfield University to be among their top choices for their undergraduate education and who would like to have their application reviewed early may submit their application under our Early Action program. Applicants for Early Action must submit a completed application by November 15.

To apply under the Early Action Program, check the appropriate box on the signature page of the supplement.

  • Early Action Application Deadline - November 1
  • Notification Date - December 20
  • Financial Aid Deadlines - CSS Profile - December 1     FAFSA - December 1

Early Decision I and II

Students who are certain that Fairfield University is their first choice for a college education, and are willing to commit to attending if admitted, are welcome to apply as an Early Decision Candidate. Once admitted, an Early Decision candidate agrees to withdraw all other college applications and confirm his or her attendance at Fairfield.

  • Early Decision I Application Deadline - November 15
  • Early Decision I Notification Date - December 15
  • Early Decision II Application Deadline - January 15
  • Early Decision II Notification Date - February 15
  • Financial Aid Deadlines - CSS Profile - January 15     FAFSA - January 15

 

Second Degree Students

Application deadline is November 1 for summer enrollment.

 

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Students

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.