School of Nursing

Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

North Haven Campus

Administrative Officers

Title Name Phone Email
Dean Lisa O'Connor 203-582-8549 lisa.o'
Associate Dean TBD 203-582-8444
Assistant Dean, Student Services Debra Fisher 203-582-7341
Business Service Manager Patricia Gettings 203-582-6497


Program Name Phone Email
Chair - Undergraduate Programs Cory Ann Boyd 203-582-8542
Director- Pre-Professional Nursing Program Rhea Sanford 203-582-3546
Director - Upper Division Nursing Program Eileen Hermann 203-582-6528
Director - Accelerated Nursing Program Mary Peterson 203-582-7672
Director - Global Nursing Experiences Teresa Twomey 203-582-8873
Chair - Graduate Programs Laima Karosas 203-582-5366
Director - Nurse Anesthesia Programs Karita Kack 203-582-7969
Assistant Director - Nurse Anesthesia Programs TBD 203-582-8875
Director - Nurse Practitioner Programs Susan D'Agostino 203-582-8882 susan.d'
Director - Online Nursing Programs Nicholas Nicholson 203-582-6542
Director of Simulation Liana Kappus 203-582-7924

Nursing is a profession based on science, a culture of compassion, commitment to best practices, and connection to individuals. The practice of nursing is research-based, goal-directed, creative and concerned with the health and dignity of the whole person. The art of delivering quality nursing care depends upon the successful mastery and application of intellectually rigorous nursing knowledge.

Undergraduate Program Information

The undergraduate nursing curriculum, which integrates holism, fosters professional socialization for future roles and responsibilities within the profession. Graduates are prepared as generalists to provide evidence-based care. Bachelor’s degree nursing education prepares the graduate for entry into professional nursing practice and provides the foundation for graduate study. Three programs are offered: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for high school graduates, an Accelerated BSN program for second-degree students, and an RN to BSN completion program (online).

Graduate Program Information

The School of Nursing offers two programs leading to a Master of Science in Nursing: Operational Leadership and RN to MSN Completion.

A doctoral-level graduate program preparing adult-gerontology and family nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists is available for post-bachelor’s degree nurses. The school offers three doctoral-level post-master’s programs. For more information about these offerings, please see the Graduate Studies section of the catalog.

Career Development

In the School of Nursing, the assistant dean for student services works with students to explore majors and career interests through individual consultations and group sessions, and guides them through a career development process. Assistance is provided with resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, conducting a job search and graduate school applications. Students can participate in experiential learning through community service as well as internships, part-time and summer employment. A health professions career fair is held every spring at the North Haven Campus.

Mission Statement

To provide leadership in nursing and health care through innovative undergraduate and graduate education that embraces holism, interprofessionalism and inclusivity.


To prepare transformational leaders in health care.


School of Nursing values include:

  • diversity of ideas, persons and cultures
  • supportive learning environments
  • scholarly undertakings to advance education and practice
  • ethical conduct in personal and professional arenas
  • holistic nursing across the spectrum of health care
  • interprofessional education and collaboration
  • innovative learning methodologies
  • systematic assessment and evaluation
  • lifelong learning

Transforming health care . . .  one student at a time

Admission Requirements: Graduate Nursing

The requirements for admission to the graduate nursing program are detailed in the graduate portion of this catalog.

Admission Requirements: Undergraduate Nursing

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate nursing program are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Advanced Standing/Placement

The Policy for Advanced Standing/Placement, as stated in this catalog, applies to students seeking admission into the undergraduate nursing program. Advanced standing or placement is considered for entering freshmen who have completed college-level credit courses through a recognized college or university, achieved an acceptable score on an appropriate examination of:

  1. the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board;
  2. the International Baccalaureate; or
  3. the College Level Examination Program.

Transfer Credit

Quinnipiac normally grants transfer credit for courses appropriate to the chosen curriculum, completed with a grade of C or better, at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Undergraduate nursing students who take courses at another university to repeat a failed course or to repeat a course withdrawal must do so at a four-year institution.

Transfer Students from Other Colleges/Universities

Current undergraduate enrollment does not allow for transfer students. 

Transfer Students from Other Majors within Quinnipiac

Current undergraduate enrollment does not allow for transfer students.  In the rare case that space becomes available, prospective students will be informed of the application process.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, the master's degree in nursing program, and the doctor of nursing practice program at Quinnipiac University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Date of next review: 10/2019   
Attrition: 0
Certification exam pass rate: First-time takers: 80% (5 students); 2nd time takers 100%
Employment rate: 100%
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