Program Options for Adult Learners

The programs for adult learners are designed to draw on previous education and experience and allow students to earn the bachelor's degree by different routes. A program of study for individuals who hold an associate degree in nursing allows students to pursue a BS in nursing. Another option for adult learners is an accelerated format for persons holding a bachelor's degree in another field.


Students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing in the RN to BSN program may attend on a part-time basis. Classes are available during the academic year and in the summer. Registered nurses must have successfully completed an associate degree or diploma program and possess a RN license.

Students interested in the Second Degree program, a 15-month full time accelerated program, must hold a bachelor's degree in any field. Core and prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the program.

Admission is competitive and all students must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 to declare a nursing major. Students must complete an application to begin nursing courses.


Matriculation is official enrollment in a degree program. Students in the RN to BSN Program are matriculated after successful completion of NS 0112 Healthcare Delivery SystemsNS 0250 Dimensions of Professional Nursing, or NS 0252 Health Assessment for Registered Nurses.

Core Requirements

Adult learners must meet the University's core course requirements. Course requirements in the liberal arts and required supportive courses can be met by challenge examinations, transfer credits from other academic institutions, or enrollment in specific courses. Courses are accepted in transfer from other accredited colleges and universities on the basis of a satisfactory (C or better) academic record and course equivalency.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

The Egan School suggests that all prerequisite courses be completed within 10 years prior to the first nursing course. Applicants normally have completed science courses with grades of A or B in the last three to five years. Acceptance of credit is at the discretion of the Program Director and Dean. Students are expected to review course material to ensure that their knowledge of the subject matter is current. Students can maximize their potential for success in the nursing program with a strong foundation that is provided by these courses.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 60 credits, including credits in nursing, must be completed at Fairfield University. In addition, the last 30 credits for the degree must be taken at Fairfield University.

Partnership Programs

Fairfield University's Egan School has a partnership with the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program. This program provides a seamless transition from associate to bachelor's degree in nursing and grants 34 credits in Advanced Placement nursing.

Credit from International Programs

Students completing coursework outside the United States must submit certified English transcripts and course-by-course evaluation of all academic records. Information may be obtained from World Education Services (800-937-3895 or