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 Lisa Rebeschi 203-582-8444
Assistant Dean, Clinical Education for Faculty and Students Wendy Savarese 203-582-7341
Assistant Dean, Academic Services Claire Puzarne 203-582-6574
Director, Business Operations and Administration Patricia Gettings 203-582-6497


Program Name Phone Email
Chair, Undergraduate Programs Teresa Twomey 203-582-8873
Director, Academic Innovation and Effectiveness, Nursing Cory Ann Boyd 203-582-8542
Director, Pre-Professional Nursing Rhea Sanford 203-582-3546
Director, Upper Division Nursing Eileen Hermann 203-582-6528
Director, Accelerated Nursing Program Philip Martinez 203-582-7687
Chair, Graduate Programs Laima Karosas 203-582-5366
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program Karita Käck 203-582-7969
Assistant Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program Karen Hurd 203-582-8875
Director, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Programs Susan D'Agostino 203-582-8882 susan.d'
Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Philip Martinez 203-582-7687
Director, Online Nursing Programs Peter Longley 203-582-7676
Director of Simulation, Nursing Liana Kappus 203-582-7924
Director, Laboratory and Simulation Operations Darlene Rogers 203-582-8346

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).

The School of Nursing is not accepting applications to the RN to BSN program at this time.

Graduate Program Information

The School of Nursing offers five programs leading to a Master of Science in Nursing: Operational LeadershipRN to MSN Completion, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse PractitionerAdult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition, those completing one of the nurse practitioner programs have the option to continue to the DNP degree immediately or up to two years after MSN conferral without reapplying. A Post-Master's Certificate is also offered for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

A doctoral-level graduate program preparing 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.

The School of Nursing is not accepting applications to the RN to MSN program at this time.

Career Development

In the School of Nursing, the assistant dean of clinical education for faculty and students 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.

Right to Modify

This Catalog is intended to serve as a convenient reference source for students. It is not guaranteed to be free from errors. Moreover, the programs, policies and courses described here are subject to continual review and reevaluation and may be changed at any time without prior notice. The School of Nursing reserves the right to modify the academic requirements, admission requirements and program of study; to change the arrangement and content of courses, the instructional material and the tuition and fees; to alter any regulation affecting students; to refuse readmission at any time; or to dismiss any student at any time, should it appear to be in the best interest of the school or student to do so. The School of Nursing also reserves the right to change the semester schedule and examination times and locations. Nothing in this Catalog should be regarded as setting terms of a contract between a student or prospective student and Quinnipiac University or its School of Nursing.

Mission Statement

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


To prepare transformational leaders in healthcare.


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 healthcare
  • interprofessional education and collaboration
  • innovative learning methodologies
  • systematic assessment and evaluation
  • lifelong learning

Transforming healthcare . . .  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

Transfer students should apply for admission by mid-November for the spring (January) semester or by June 1 for fall (August) entry. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be provided.  Acceptance of transfers is based on qualification and space availability.  The nursing program looks for a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for consideration. Transfer into the professional component of the nursing program can occur only in the fall term. Quinnipiac works closely with the community colleges in Connecticut and elsewhere and recommends that students follow a transfer curriculum of study if their plan is to move to a four-year university. Students may wish to arrange an admissions appointment to discuss program requirements. Admission into the nursing major is limited due to program constraints.

Transfer Students from Other Majors within Quinnipiac

Students who have earned credit at Quinnipiac and wish to apply for matriculation into the nursing program are invited to apply for transfer. Undergraduate enrollment is evaluated on a semester-by-semester basis. Limited space has become available and transfer applicants are evaluated for admission. The transfer applicant must be a student in good standing and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Acceptance of transfers is based on qualification and space availability. Transfer into the professional component of the nursing program can occur only in the fall term. Email for more information.

Accreditation and Endorsement

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Master of Science in Nursing program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Quinnipiac University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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: Fall 2029 
Attrition: 0%
National Board Certification exam:
First-time pass rate 2019: 100%
First-time pass rate 2020: 100%
First-time pass rate 2021: 77% 
Second-time pass rate within 50 days of graduation: 100%
Employment rate: 100%
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Both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in Quinnipiac University's School of Nursing are endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation.