Albertus Magnus College Receives Grant for Planned Nursing Program

Award from the Paul L. Jones Fund Will Help Furnish New Skills and Simulation Lab

Construction of new Simulation Lab

Construction of our state-of-the-art labs is already underway.

New Haven, Conn., July 18, 2023 Albertus Magnus College, is pleased to announce that it has received a $20,000 grant from the Paul L. Jones Fund to help with the launch of Albertus’ planned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, which pending State Approval would officially begin in the Fall 2024 semester.  The grant will assist in furnishing a new skills and simulation lab with state-of-the-art equipment needed to train Connecticut’s next generation of nurses.  Specifically, the funding will be used toward the purchase of new high-fidelity manikins, which will help simulate medical and clinical scenarios for Albertus nursing students. 

Albertus is establishing the new BSN degree program to help address Connecticut’s nursing workforce shortage. Earlier this spring, the College announced the hiring of Cynthia Jeffrey, Ed.D., MSN, RN, CNE as the inaugural director of the College’s planned program.  And just prior to that, Albertus was awarded $805,000 over three years from the Connecticut Health Horizons Program, which was launched by the State last year to increase opportunities for aspiring nurses and social workers.  Albertus will utilize these funds to help launch the new nursing program and to support funding for nursing faculty and their continuing education.

“Simulation technology provides healthcare professionals with the opportunity to practice procedures and assessment methods on computer-based models in realistic clinical scenarios.  The high-fidelity manikins will give our nursing students important hands-on experience and an added benefit of reducing the risk to an actual patient,” said Interim Director Dr. Jaime Sinutko. 

“We are very grateful for this generous grant from the Paul L. Jones Fund, which will help Albertus be part of the solution to Connecticut’s nursing shortage, as well as fill the employment void in so many fields that require the well-roundedness and critical thinking skills of a liberal arts degree,” shared Vice President for Advancement Mary Young ’91.

The Paul L. Jones Fund was established in 1979 to assist higher-education institutions in Connecticut with students interested in medical and health-related fields.

About Albertus Magnus College

About Albertus Magnus College:  Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a coeducational Catholic College in the Dominican tradition.  Its values- and liberal arts-based education is recognized by external rankings such as US News & World ReportMoney Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, and has been named a Top 10 Military Friendly School.  For six consecutive years, graduating classes at Albertus have achieved post-graduate employment and graduate school success at a rate of at least 95%.  The College has an enrollment of approximately 1,300 students across its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree program, and 11 graduate programs. Proud to enroll a student body where more than half of its students come from minority backgrounds and nearly the same percentage of undergraduates receiving Federal Pell Grants and being first generation college goers, Albertus is known for its innovative curricular offerings, recently launching new Bachelor’s degree programs in Game and Computer Arts, General Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Project Management, Public Health, Social Media, and Supply Chain Management; among its graduate programs is the State of Connecticut’s only Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program. Just three years from its historic 100th Anniversary Year, the College is implementing its new strategic plan, Albertus 2025: Lighting the Way to a Second Century, which articulates an inspiring, bold vision, in which Albertus Magnus College "will be a destination liberal arts-based college, distinguished in its interdisciplinary and experiential approach to education, rooted in Dominican values, that prepares students for lifelong civic engagement and success." To learn more, please visit