DEPARTMENT OF NURSING - Quinnipiac University

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					                 DEPARTMENT OF NURSING

Mission statement
The mission of the Department of Nursing at Quinnipiac University is to prepare
graduates for professional nursing practice who are capable of providing holistic care for
individuals, families and aggregates of all ages and diverse culture backgrounds in a
variety of settings. In addition, our curriculum and clinical experiences provide the
foundation for continued personal and professional development.

The Nursing Major
The nursing major at Quinnipiac is an intense educational experience that seeks to
prepare competent, sensitive professionals, willing and able to assume positions of
responsibility in a dynamic health care environment and to meet the many nursing
challenges of the new millennium. Students are provided with clinical experience totaling
over 800 hours in facilities that include acute and chronic health care institutions, clinics,
community health agencies, and a variety of other setting within the community where
health care is delivered. Students have ample opportunity to practice clinical skills in our
extraordinary clinical skill practice lab on campus and also work on a community-bases
education project with a faculty who are specialists in adults, pediatric, psychiatric,
maternal-child, gerontological and critical care, and community nursing.

“Caring to Make a Difference”
Nursing is a profession that illuminates a culture of compassion, commitment and
connection to individuals. Quinnipiac nursing students are taught that caring makes a
difference in the health and well-being of all individuals.

The accelerate BSN Track
The Accelerate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Track is designed for students
with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline wishing to pursue nursing as a second
baccalaureate degree. The curriculum provides these students with a means to achieve
their professional development goals and builds on the individual’s prior educational
preparation. The Accelerate BSN must be pursued on a full-time basis. All prior relevant
course work is evaluated for advanced placement transfer credit. A grade of C is needed
for transfer credit. Once admitted to the program, students are required to take only
nursing courses. The BSN will be completed in one calendar year, providing the
candidate meets the admission criteria and has completed the required prerequisites.
Accelerated BSN students complete a 13 week intensive summer session and then join
undergraduate students in the traditional program to complete the remainder of the
nursing major requirements in the fall and spring. Please refer to the attached curriculum.

Applicants to the Accelerate BSN Program must hold an undergraduate degree from a
regionally accredited college or university and have achieved a cumulative grade point
average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Individuals, who are undergraduate students at time of
application, must be graduated by January in order to be considered for summer start date
in the same year.

All prerequisites must have been taken in the last five years and completed with a grade
of C or better. It is highly recommended that the majority of all pre-requisites are
completed at the time of application. For advanced credit to be granted for courses
taken at another university they need to be equivalent to the following Quinnipiac
University courses:

   BI 111/112 or 211/212               Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits with lab)
   BI 213 or BI 370                    Microbiology with a lab (4 credits with lab)
   BI 318 or BI 518                    Pathophysiology (3 credits with lab)
   MA 206/275                          Statistics (3 credits)
Students may be admitted conditionally, if they are in the process of completing
prerequisite course work, and meet all other admission requirements. All coursework
must be completed prior to start of classes in the mid-May. The deadline for
applications is December 1. Accelerated BSN applications are available through the
Office of Admission.

Continued good standing in the professional component of the nursing major is
dependent upon satisfactory academic and clinical performance. Students must attain a
cumulative and semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, a grade of C or better in all
nursing courses and a grade of Pass in each hospital laboratory.

Students must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0,
achieved a grade of at least C in all nursing and science courses, and completed 132
credits as indicated by the Academic Audit. (This includes transfer credit). Graduates are
eligible for registered nurse Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN);
are qualified for an entry level nursing position, and/or graduate study.

Tuition and fees are approximately $48,000. Books and uniforms are additional.
Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Be sure to submit the necessary forms
to the Office of Financial Aid early in the application process to be considered. On-
campus housing is not an option for second-degree students; however, off-campus
housing is available.

For More Information Contact:

Undergraduate Admissions                           or call
E- mail:                 Dr. Cory Boyd
Phone: 203-582-8600                                Accelerated Track Coordinator
Or E-mail:                  Phone: 203-582-8542

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