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September 20, 2023

Albertus Magnus gets approval to launch new nursing program


Albertus Magnus College on Wednesday secured a key state approval it needed to launch its new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. 

The Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing granted approval for the undergraduate program. The New Haven-based college plans to begin admitting nursing majors now, with the first group of students to start classes in the fall of 2024.

The college plans to have an initial cohort of 26 students in the fall 2024 semester, with another class of 26 to be admitted in January 2025.

Albertus President Marc M. Camille said the new program will help address the “urgent demand” in the state and region for more qualified nurses.

“Albertus will develop a new pool of competent, compassionate nurses who better mirror the diversity of the communities in which they will serve,” Camille said.

Cynthia Jeffrey, inaugural director of the program, started July 1. Jeffrey’s background includes more than 20 years as a nurse and over a decade of teaching and administrative experience in higher education.

Albertus’ nursing program will feature small class sizes and state-of-the-art equipment to allow students to practice caring for patients. Students will also get clinical experience and research opportunities through partnerships with Connecticut Hospice, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Sage Healthcare and the Yale New Haven Health System.

Earlier this year, Albertus received grants to boost the new program. The Connecticut Health Horizons Program, developed by the state to increase opportunities for aspiring nurses and social workers, awarded Albertus $805,000 over three years. A $20,000 grant is being used to buy high-tech patient simulators.

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