School of Nursing

School Location

Cambridge Building
7 Cambridge Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Program Director

Mary Alice Donius, Ed.D.
Program Director

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The School of Nursing at Sacred Heart University consists of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to a BSNMSN or DNP degree; RN to BSN, RN to MSN programs as well as certificate programs. These programs are designed to advance nursing careers to best meet the healthcare needs of our communities. 

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All SHU nursing programs
are accredited by the Commission
on Collegiate Nursing Education

The School of Nursing offers:

  • Comprehensive philosophy embracing spirituality, ethics, diversity and community, within the Catholic intellectual traditions.
  • Individualized student counseling with low student to faculty ratios.
  • Quality Nursing Faculty with a history of successful change and innovation.
  • Hands-on clinical practice at many area hospitals, as well as simulated learning in state-of-the-art lab rooms.
  • The latest technology for Nursing Education.
The baccalaureate and masters programs in nursing at Sacred Heart University are accredited through June 2020 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120 or 1- 202-887-6791.
The doctor of nursing practice program is accredited through June 2018 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120 or 1- 202-887-6791.

All programs of study leading to undergraduate or graduate degrees (including online programs) are fully accredited and approved by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education Board of Governors.
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Latest News

U.S. News Names Sacred Heart University Among the Best for Online Programs

January 7, 2015
Sacred Heart’s online offerings for its nursing program and bachelor’s program are among the best in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. This is the third year U.S. News has ranked online degree programs.

U.S. News assessed schools based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity. 

Professors Publish 3rd Edition of Nursing Textbook

April 13, 2015

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University Nursing Professors Susan DeNisco and Anne Barker have published the 3rd edition of their text book, Advanced Practice Nursing: Evolving Roles for the Transformation of the Profession. Jones and Bartlett Learning are publishers. This book is a core advanced practice text used in both master’s level and doctor of nursing practice programs. It is framed around the AACN’s Master’s Essentials as well as the Essentials for Doctoral Education featuring the most up-to-date content on each set of Essentials. Throughout this new edition, DeNisco and Barker address the rapid changes in the health care environment with a special focus on health care finance, electronic health records, quality and safety as well as emerging roles for the advanced practice nurse. Patient care in the context of the advanced nursing role is also discussed.

Promoting Global Health Awareness Through Hands-On Training

November 26, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – When you get Christina Gunther talking about international study-abroad opportunities provided through Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, the conversation quickly moves from travelogue and course listings to social justice, unique hands-on training and life-altering experiences. Gunther, director, Global Programs & Assessment, isn’t just an advocate—she’s a coach, mentor, diplomat, social worker, international tour director and global healthcare champion. And she’s working to change the world, one student, one country and one cultural experience at a time “with a talented group of faculty.”

Blessing of the Hands Tradition Continues for Nursing Students

September 26, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A total of 98 nursing students participated in Sacred Heart University’s third annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony in what has become a moving and meaningful tradition. The event took place in the University’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit on Friday, September 19, before a full house of family members and nursing school alumni.