BS in Nursing: RN to BSN Program

Program Overview

The RN to BS in Nursing program individualizes learning experiences for completion of the degree. The sequence of courses for registered nurse students is designed to build on existing knowledge and skills, and integrates a professional, research-based, family-oriented, community-focused perspective.

Information Session

Next Information Session:  Saturday, September 29, 2018, from  8:30-10 a.m 

Learn more about Fairfield’s nursing programs at our next on campus Information Session on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The program runs from 8:30-10 a.m. and includes check-in, a continental breakfast, and presentations by our faculty. At 10 a.m. prospective students can tour the new Egan School of Nursing and Health Sciences building (opened in 2017), where the event will be held. 

Advanced Placement in Nursing for Registered Nurses

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


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Into the Future

Partnership Programs

The Fairfield University Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies has partnerships with the schools of nursing at Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, St. Vincent's College and the following Community Colleges:

  • Capital Community College
  • Gateway Community College
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • Norwalk Community College
  • Three Rivers Community College

These unique programs provide seamless transition from the associate to bachelor's degree in nursing, and grant 34 credits in advanced placement nursing.

Program Requirements

RN to BS Core Courses

Humanities: 12 courses distributed as follows:

  • English (EN 11 and EN 12, totaling 6 credits)
  • English Core Literature/ EN 100-199 (3 credits)
  • History of Western Civilization (3 credits)
  • History Elective (3 credits)
  • Visual and Performing Arts (two courses totaling 6 credits) or two modern language courses at the intermediate level (totaling 6 credits)
  • Philosophy (6 credits)
  • Ethics (3 credits)
  • Religious Studies (6 credits)

General Electives: 4 courses (12 credits)

Social Science: 2 courses (6 credits) from at least two disciplines as follows:

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Communications 100 or CO 103

Math and Science: 4 courses distributed as follows:

  • Science
  • Science or Math (2 courses totaling 6-8 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

Diversity Requirements

Students meet the U.S. diversity with course NS 250 and World diversity requirements through enrollment in NS 330.


Nursing Courses for RN to BS Students

NS 250 Dimensions of Professional Nursing
NS 112 Healthcare Delivery
NS 252

Health Assessment for RNs

NS 310 Foundations of Research for Evidence Based Practice
NS 321 Professional Nursing Leadership
NS 330 Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing
NS 356 Transition to Professional Nursing
NS EL Nursing Elective (with advisor approval)
Advanced Placement By Articulation, Partnership or Exams
30-34 credits


Note: With your associate's degree, you're well on your way to fulfilling the credits needed for your BSN. Our program advisor will help you outline a course of study.

If you earned your degree at a partnership school:

If you earned your degree at a non-partnership school:

Student Testimonials

Marilyn Faber:‌

The Fairfield University RN to BSN program is a great program for working RNs who need the flexibility of class schedules allowing for online courses as well as face to face interactions. Carole Pomarico provides encouragement, motivation and phenomenal guidance for the program. I recommend the program to all my colleagues!




Carolina Pires:

The RN-BSN program at Fairfield is a perfect fit for me. It offers a flexible schedule with experienced educators that understand the complexity in the lives of returning students who work full-time, attend school and manage a household simultaneously. The advisement provided throughout the program was extremely helpful and encouraging to me, as it has always been my goal to achieve a higher education and become a leader in my profession as a nurse.



Beata Romanczuk:

 It's without a doubt that the RN-BSN program was designed by top nursing professionals and educators. It was created especially for working nurses like me who are looking to obtain advanced credentials without compromising our families and our current jobs. Fairfield recognizes the fact that most of us come to the program as licensed, experienced nurses. The curriculum is designed to provide additional depth to our current knowledge while encouraging our intellectual curiosity and critical thinking.



Monika Samelko:

 Going through the RN-BSN program while having a full-time job, family, and many other responsibilities is not easy. Is it worth it? Absolutely! I truly believe that pursuing higher education benefits both nurses and patients. The faculty in the RN-BSN program offer extremely helpful advising, flexible schedule, and wonderful professors who are really passionate about the future of nursing! It has helped me grow as a nurse and as an individual and it constantly reminds me what nursing is all about.


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.


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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