Admission

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Admission Policy

There are four tracks available in the BSN-DNP program: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery and Nurse Anesthesia. Admission procedures vary by program. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.

Applicants for the BSN-DNP at Fairfield must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher overall and in the nursing major.

Applicants for the advanced practice and Executive DNP programs must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent), with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher overall and in the nursing major. Advanced Practice candidates must be eligible for APRN licensure in the state of Connecticut. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.

Admission Procedures

BSN-DNP Entry Application Deadlines

Family Nurse Practitioner March 1
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Rolling
Nurse Anesthesia September 1
Nurse Midwifery Rolling

MSN-DNP Entry Application Deadlines

Advanced Practice Rolling
Executive DNP Rolling

All DNP programs except Nurse Anesthesia

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must complete and submit the following online:

  1. A completed application. Apply online.
  2. A non-refundable $60 application fee.
  3. A professional resume.
  4. A personal statement:
    • Discuss a practice problem in your field that, in your experience, has a broad impact on patient care outcomes
    • State professional goals for the next 5-10 years
    • Explain how a DNP will help you reach your goals
  5. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended.  Transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree (BSN entry) and Master's degree (MSN entry). All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service which can be found on our website. Please send transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admission.
  6. Two professional letters of recommendation (completed online), one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor who can assess one's current clinical expertise and academic potential, accompanied by the University online recommendation forms.
  7. Copy of current RN license; licensure to practice in the state of Connecticut will be required upon admission.
  8. Copy of APRN license and certificate of national certification in the advanced specialty (for MSN-DNP applicants only).
  9. Documentation of the number of supervised clinical hours1 completed in previous MSN program (for MSN-DNP or EDNP applicants only).

Nurse Anesthesia Program

Nurse Anesthesia applicants must meet the following requirements before applications will be processed:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent).
  • Two semesters of biology, at least one semester of chemistry, one semester of microbiology, and one semester of college math. Physics is strongly recommended.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with a science GPA of 3.0.
  • Registered Nurse license to practice in the United States at the time of application. A Connecticut RN license will be required upon admission.
  • A minimum of one year's experience as a RN in a critical care setting within five years of appliction to the program. (ER does not fulfill this criteria).
  • Current BCLS, ACLS & PALS certification (must be maintained while in the program). Please note the program only accepts certifications from the American Heart Association (AHA) or American Red Cross. No other certification programs will be accepted.
  • CCRN certification is preferred.
  • Note: The GRE is not required.

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit online:

  1. A completed application. Apply online.
  2. A non-refundable $60 application fee.
  3. A professional resume or CV.
  4. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended. Transcript verifying completion of an undergraduate degree. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service which can be found on our website. Please send transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admission.
  5. Two recommendations (forms and letters completed online), including one from your current supervisor and one other from an individual who can assess your clinical expertise in an acute care setting.
  6. A three page, double-spaced personal statement stating your career goals and future contributions to the profession of nurse anesthesia.
  7. Copy of current RN license; licensure to practice in the state of Connecticut will be required upon admission.
  8. BLS, ACLS and PALS certification.
  9. CCRN certificate (if applicable).

For additional information, contact:

Office of Graduate Admission
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: 203-254-4184
or visit the University website.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Admission Policy

Individuals may apply to the graduate program to pursue a master of science in nursing degree. Applicants for a master's degree must hold a bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) with a quality point average of 3.0 overall and in the nursing major. All applicants must have a current RN license. Once accepted/fully matriculated, all Nurse Practitioner/Nursing Leadership students licensed in another state must provide a copy of current Connecticut RN licensure. RN applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree will be considered on an individual basis and will be required to complete a bridge program of three prerequisite courses (NS 0250 Dimensions of Professional Nursing, NS 0252 Health Assessment for Registered Nurses, and NS 0330 Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing) to be eligible for the MSN program.

Admission Procedures

Application Deadlines

Family Nurse Practitioner March 1
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Rolling
Nursing Leadership Rolling

Students seeking admission must complete and submit the following online:

  1. A completed application. Apply online.
  2. A non-refundable $60 application fee.
  3. A professional resume.
  4. A personal statement.
    • Discuss a practice problem in your field that, in your experience, has a broad impact on patient care outcomes
    • State professional goals for the next 5-10 years
    • Explain how an MSN will help you reach your goals
  5. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended sent to the Office of Graduate Admission.
  6. Two professional letters of recommendation (completed online), one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor, who can assess one's current clinical expertise and academic potential, accompanied by the University online recommendation forms.
  7. A current RN license.

Admission Policies for Admitted DNP and MSN Students

Background Check, Drug screening, and Licensing

All nursing graduate students are required to have a background check and drug screening completed prior to the start of the graduate program. In addition, once accepted/fully matriculated, all students licensed in another state must provide a copy of current Connecticut RN licensure. 

Bridge Courses

For admitted MSN or DNP students who possess a non-nursing Bachelor’s degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing, the following policy applies effective Fall 2015:

  1. All students must complete the following courses (or their equivalent) with a grade of B or better, prior to enrolling for the first DNP/MSN courses: NS 0250 Dimensions of Professional NursingNS 0252 Health Assessment for Registered NursesNS 0330 Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing.
  2. Student must take at least one of the bridges courses at Fairfield University, preferably NS 0250 Dimensions of Professional Nursing.
  3. If a student wants to take a bridge course outside of the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, they must produce an official transcript along with a complete syllabus of the course, and it must be approved by the adult program director. The course can be no more than five years old.
  4. All students must meet with the adult program director to register for the bridge courses.

AVAILABILITY OF BRIDGE COURSES

Fall Semester
NS 0250Dimensions of Professional Nursing3
NS 0330Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing4
Spring Semester
NS 0252Health Assessment for Registered Nurses3
Summer Semester
NS 0330Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing4

Computer Literacy

Basic computer literacy is expected of all graduate students in the Egan School. The Academic Computing division of the university supports Microsoft products (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), which are used throughout the curriculum.

Basic computer literacy is defined as the ability to use:

  • Word processing software to create, edit, save, print, send attachments, and manipulate document files.
  • Presentation software to design, show, and print a presentation using text and graphics.
  • Email to send, receive, and print electronic mail messages; send, receive and open attachments. (All students must utilize their @student.fairfield.edu Gmail account.)
  • Internet navigation to investigate research topics using search engines.
  • Spreadsheets to organize data in a worksheet, create formulas, use functions, copy and paste formulas and functions, and format cells.

Having access to a computer system with the above capabilities is essential for successful completion of the program. Nurse Anesthesia students must have a laptop computer for class. There are several computer labs on campus. Labs are equipped with e-mail and word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Printers are available to students in the computer labs.

All students must communicate via their University Gmail account. All University notices, mail, etc. will be sent through my.Fairfield, and it is recommended that students check their e-mail at least once a day for any mail/notices.

Computer literacy skills are not taught as part of the graduate curriculum. Students not proficient in their use should inform a faculty member, who will help them locate resources from which they may obtain the requisite skills.

Mandatory Immunizations

Connecticut State law requires each full-time or matriculated student to provide proof of immunity or screening against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), meningitis and tuberculosis. Certain exemptions based on age and housing status apply. Matriculating students are defined as those enrolled in a degree seeking program. More detailed information and the required downloadable forms are available online. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Student Health Center. Although this is not required to complete an application, you must provide proof of immunity/screening prior to course registration. Please consult your private health care provider to obtain the necessary immunizations. Questions may be directed to the Student Health Center: 203-254-4000 x2241 or e-mail health@fairfield.edu.

International Students

International applicants must also provide a certificate of finances (evidence of adequate financial resources in U.S. dollars) and must submit their transcripts for course-by-course evaluations, completed by an approved evaluator (found on our website) of all academic records. All international students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking either TOEFL or IELTS exams. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 80 on the internet based test is strongly recommended for admission to the graduate school. Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is strongly recommended for admission to the graduate school. Scores must be sent directly from the IELTS.org (Fairfield's ETS code is 3390). TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for those international students who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. International applications and supporting credentials must be submitted at least three months prior to the intended start date.

Students with Disabilities

Fairfield University is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of its services, programs, and activities in an accessible setting. Furthermore, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Connecticut laws, the University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students to reduce the impact of disabilities on academic functioning or upon other major life activities. It is important to note that the University will not alter the essential elements of its courses or programs.

If a student with a disability would like to be considered for accommodation, they must identify themselves to Accessibility in the Academic and Career Development Center and complete the online registration process for accommodations. Instructions for how to complete the online registration process for accommodations are located on our website.  This process should be done prior to the start of the academic semester and is strictly voluntary. However, if a student with a disability chooses not to self-identify and provide the necessary documentation to Accessibility, accommodations need not be provided.  All information concerning disabilities is confidential and will be shared only with a student's permission. For more information regarding accommodations and the registration process, please email acdc@fairfield.edu, or call 203-254-4081.