Sacred Heart University, St. Vincent's College agreement seen as benefit for health students

BY John Stearns

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield and St. Vincent's College in Bridgeport have agreed to enter into a management agreement that will merge school resources and give an opportunity for Sacred Heart's College of Nursing, St. Vincent's College and St. Vincent's Medical Center to create new models for student transfers and greater access to clinical education, the schools said.

It will provide a pathway for St. Vincent's College students to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree at Sacred Heart, while providing Sacred Heart students expanded access to inpatient clinical sites, according to an announcement.

The agreement also anticipates a transfer of St. Vincent's College to Sacred Heart as either a division of the university or a subsidiary. This transfer will be part of a master agreement that requires accreditation and regulatory approvals, the announcement said.