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Quinnipiac University

School of Nursing

Hamden, CT


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Quinnipiac University School of Nursing Graduate Programs

Quinnipiac University’s School of Nursing offers graduate programs, including the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and DNP-Nurse Anesthesia, that help working nurses build the advanced clinical and leadership skills necessary to meet the diverse challenges of a modern health care system. Graduate nursing education broadens the scope of practice and enables students to acquire expertise in an area of specialization, preparing for key roles in advanced specialty practice and nursing leadership. Quinnipiac graduate nursing students build a solid foundation in science and technology and become well versed in evidence-based practice while learning about successful teamwork and how to lead effective interprofessional teams, with an emphasis on compassionate, holistic care. Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Adult-Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner Tracks

RN to MSN in Operational Leadership (online)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Operational Leadership (online)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post-Bachelor’s Nurse Anesthesia

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post-Master’s Care of Populations (online)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post-Master’s Nursing Leadership (online)


Quinnipiac University Nursing faculty draw upon decades of experience and provide invaluable insight for their students into where the profession is headed. All full-time nursing faculty members have doctoral degrees, and the majority of the full- and part-time faculty are actively practicing nurses or are engaged in research. 

Outstanding Facilities 

The state-of-the-art Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the university’s North Haven Campus features outstanding technology and equipment, emulating the fast, interdisciplinary team-based environments characteristic of today’s health care professions. The 325,000-square-foot facility includes an impressive array of resources, including two operating rooms, a model apartment, high-fidelity simulation suites, a diagnostic imaging suite with MRI, CT and ultrasound scanners, physical therapy, occupational therapy and motion analysis labs, human anatomy lab, and a Standardized Patient Assessment Center.

Clinical Partnerships

Students also benefit from an abundance of excellent clinical opportunities with a wide range of health care facilities, including major hospitals, community hospitals, private practice, specialty care, and college health settings. The department’s knowledgeable staff of clinical coordinators works with students to set up clinical placements.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed as a flexible pathway to advanced nursing practice for working nurses who want to further their education and expand their credentials without sacrificing hands-on experience through clinical practice. Depending on area of interest, students can choose between two specialized tracks: adult-gerontology or family nurse practitioner. Within two years of completing your MSN, students have the option of seamlessly transitioning into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, without losing any credits or duplicating any course work.

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 

In the MSN-Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track, students develop the necessary skills to provide high-quality, cost-effective primary care across the lifespan of adults. Students who complete the track are eligible to take a national certification exam for adult-gerontology nurse practitioners.

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

In the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner Track, students prepare to diagnose and manage most common illnesses for patients of all ages and to assume the responsibility inherent in prescribing medications. Graduates significantly expand their current roles as nurse leaders in a multitude of career settings and nursing specialties, and are eligible to sit for the national family nurse practitioner certification exam.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nurse Anesthesia (post-bachelor’s)

Quinnipiac’s DNP in Nurse Anesthesia prepares nurse anesthetists, ready to assess, administer and maintain anesthesia to ensure proper sedation and pain management, and oversee patient recovery anesthesia after a procedure or surgery. Working alongside anesthesiologists, surgeons and others, nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia for all types of surgical cases, from the simplest to the most complex. In Quinnipiac’s Nurse Anesthesia DNP track, students master a range of competencies, including advanced physiology and pathophysiology, anatomy (with cadaver lab), advanced pharmacology and advanced chemistry for anesthetic practice. Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 71

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
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Entrance Requirements

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards June 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 5.9%
Black or African American 13.89%
White or Caucasian 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.35%
Asian 7.99%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.04%
Unknown 4.51%


Male (12%)
Female (87%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 18
Part-time - 11
Male (4)
Female (25)


Focus of faculty research: Decreasing social isolation of older adults, high fidelity simulation as a teaching method, teaching end of life care to nursing students, nurses with disabilities and practice roles, improving depression care of older home care patients, determining hip labral tears with new physical examination technique
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States

Phone: 203-582-8200
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