2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

College of Nursing

Mary Alice Donius , EdD , RN


Phone: 203-365-7578 Fax: 203-365-7662

E-mail: doniusm@sacredheart.edu

Focusing on the Catholic Intellectual Traditions of Sacred Heart University and a caring-healing philosophy of nursing, the College of Nursing offers comprehensive graduate programs embracing spirituality, ethics, diversity, and community. Immersed in the liberal arts tradition, the College of Nursing is committed to providing a well-rounded education built upon the deep respect for the dignity of the patient and clients. All our programs within the College of Nursing are accredited by the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing’s national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, as well as the State of Connecticut’s Board of Nurse Examiners. Our quality nursing faculty have a history of successful change and innovation.

The College of Nursing offers graduate students the opportunity to earn their Master’s degree in an online setting focusing on four different tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Management & Executive Leadership, Nurse Educator or Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition, we offer the RN a specialized program: RN-MSN, allowing the student to progress through our College earning a baccalaureate degree and master's degree in an accelerated program. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice for Family Nurse Practitioner preparation is presented in a hybrid format including online classes and onsite intensives. The post master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program is offered in two different formats: hybrid and 100% online. These programs are designed to advance nursing careers to best meet the healthcare needs of our communities.

The College of Nursing proudly focuses on service learning and campus-community partnerships, as well as interprofessional education with other colleges within the University. The College’s collaboration with professional partners in the community ensures that students benefit from an integration of academic and clinical experiences. Hands-on clinical practice at local, regional and national health care institutions as well as in state-of-the-art simulation lab rooms provide exceptional learning opportunities for all students.