Albertus Magnus College Announces New Nursing Program Partnership

Albertus Enters Unique Partnership with Fairfield University for Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing

New Haven, Conn., June 28, 2022 Albertus Magnus College and Fairfield University are answering the call  when it comes to workforce readiness. As the field of healthcare grows along with the high demand for nurses,  Albertus and Fairfield are announcing a new agreement, where Albertus students can achieve a second bachelor’s degree with 15 additional months of study.  

Here’s how it works: Albertus students interested in applying would complete a bachelor’s degree and required  courses at the College to be eligible for admission. For example, those who earn a Bachelor Degree in Biology  or perhaps General Health Studies can apply for the Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing program at Fairfield  University and within 15 months, add a Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SDNU) to their name. 

“This opportunity provides a practical, cost-effective pathway for our students who want to make a difference in today’s healthcare environment, where the need for qualified nurses is at a premium,” said Vice President of  Academic Affairs Sean O’Connell, Ph.D. “By addressing the needs of students and society, our agreement with  Fairfield University is aligned with Albertus’ bold new strategic plan, Albertus 2025: Lighting the Way to a Second  Century, a vision which leverages the gifts and talents of the Albertus community as we prepare to address  challenges and seize opportunities that lie ahead.” 

“So often we hear from students that they think they’d make a great nurse but don’t have an undergraduate  degree in nursing. This agreement with Albertus helps fulfill the urgent need for nurses,” said Fairfield’s Egan  School of Nursing and Health Studies Dean Meredith Kazer, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN. 

The deadline for the first group of applicants to apply is December 1, 2022. 

An Albertus education is consistently recognized for its return on investment and how graduates are career  ready. Recently, the College was once again named one of Money’s 2022 Best Colleges in America, ranked by  value; the Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) recently revealed a new Return on  Investment (ROI) study and ranked Albertus in the top 15-percent of nearly 3,400 schools when weighting ROI  to reflect key factors supporting Pell-eligible students – defined as those whose family income is $30,000 or  less; and graduates outpace the national average when it comes to finding jobs or continuing their education  within six months after earning their bachelor’s degree. The graduating Class of 2021 alumni achieved a 97- percent success rate versus the most recent 82-percent national comparison rate, according to the National  Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Destination Survey results. Each of the College’s last six graduating classes have achieved at least a 95-percent success rate in the important early career success and  return on investment metric. 

Among many national distinctions, US News & World Report recently ranked Fairfield’s Egan School of Nursing  & Health Studies among the Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs. The Egan School was ranked in the top  11-percent nationally at #76 (tied) out of almost 700 schools. It was also ranked among US News & World  Report’s 2023 Best Graduate Schools in the Best Nursing Schools that offer Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)  degrees. Fairfield was ranked #3 in the state of Connecticut.

About Albertus Magnus College

About Albertus Magnus College: Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican tradition. It is recognized by external rankings such as US News & World Report Best Colleges, Money Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. The College has an enrollment of 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree programs, and 12 graduate programs, including a new Master of Public Administration and the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program in Connecticut. In the last year, the College received two significant Federal grants in support of student success and well-being: a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice and a $1.9 million Title III grant from the Department of Education.