Quinnipiac University Nursing School Review
Quinnipiac University (QU) is a private institution that has over 8000 students enrolled. Founded in 1929, this school has three campuses (Mount Carmel, York Hill, North Haven), state of the art facilities and is located a mere 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston.
The School of Nursing is located in a 180,000 square foot facility on the North Haven campus.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
This program is for those who are beginning their nursing careers. Graduates of the BSN program will be ready to practice as nursing generalists in the field of health care. The BSN program will prepare students to sit for the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).
Students will complete all prerequisite coursework by the end of their sophomore year to be able to enter the Nursing program their junior year. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to continue in the program, and must receive a C or better in all nursing courses and labs.
The prerequisite courses for the nursing program are Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Statistics. In addition, students must take general education courses of English, Fine Arts, Social Science, Humanities, and open electives. It takes a minimum of 127 credits to graduate the BSN program.
Quinnipiac offers a summer internship program, the Mid State Medical Center Summer Clinical Internship, for nursing students prior to entering their senior year of studies. This 10 week elective course consists of 36 hour workweeks, and students will have seminars and assignments to complete. Students accepted into the internship will be paid a salary.
Accelerated BSN for Second Degree Students
The Accelerated BSN program was designed for students who already possess a bachelor’s degree in another subject, and now wish to enter the nursing profession. This is a one year program where students only take nursing courses, provided they have already met the program prerequisites, listed above.
Students may be admitted to this program if they graduated from an accredited program, have a 3.0 GPA or better, and have taken the prerequisite courses. The prerequisites must have been taken in the last 5 years with a grade of at least a C average.
This program requires a minimum of 132 credits to graduate.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The DNP program is available to students who have a bachelor’s degree and an RN license. Graduates will be able to provide advanced health care to a variety of patients. Students must have a current RN license and a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply.
DNP students have a choice of three specialty areas of study: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. The Family Nurse Practitioner track requires 75 credits to complete, while Adult Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner each require 68 credits.
If taken full time, all three specialties of the DNP program can be completed in three years. Courses and clinical experiences are offered two days a week, allowing students to continue working if desired. There is also a part time, four year option available. During this program, students will be able to work full time during the first two years, and part time during the last two years.
Students will be required to put together a portfolio of capstone projects throughout the course of their studies. This portfolio will be evaluated by nursing faculty for a pass/fail grade in their final semester.
Post Master’s Doctoral Options
The Post Masters options are for nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing or a related field. Students who are advanced practice nurses (APRNs) may pursue Care of Individuals or Care of Populations, each of which require 33 credits to complete. If the student is not an APRN, they may study Care of Individuals. Both options last two years.
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
This program is accredited by the Connecticut Nurses Association, and is offered on campus once a year. Students meet twice, and attendance is mandatory at both sessions.
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1908