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Health & Medicine Profile

A Premier Education Center for Health Professionals

Quinnipiac University makes three promises, expressed in our mission statement—outstanding academic programs, a student-oriented environment, and a strong sense of community. We provide an educational experience that combines the closeness of a small college with the opportunities of a university.

U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” (2015) places Quinnipiac among the best regional universities in the North, and The Princeton Review again recognizes us as one of The Best 378 Colleges in the United States.

We combine science; practical, in-depth education; and teamwork skills in nationally recognized programs, including physical and occupational therapy, nursing, physician assistant, diagnostic imaging, and the natural sciences.

Preparing tomorrow’s professionals
The School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing have graduated health professionals in nearly every field who work in hospitals, clinics, corporations, and organizations across the country. The methods of teaching and learning are creative and thorough. Classroom lectures, interactive media, and Internet-based learning extend your mind and imagination. In every class, your professor will take a personal interest in you and help you think critically and clearly. 

Geared toward educating the health care “team,” the state-of-the-art facilities in the Center for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences feature 29 classrooms, 26 seminar and team study rooms, 24 teaching labs, an operating room suite, a 48-station anatomy lab, patient exam rooms, a SimMan suite, and a complete diagnostic imaging suite.

Clinical experiences, field studies, and internships are integral parts of all health care programs. Quinnipiac University maintains affiliations and cooperative arrangements with hospitals, health care agencies, and specialized clinics both near the University and at sites in other parts of the country. 

Quinnipiac is especially recognized for innovative, in-depth preparation. Physical therapy is a six- or seven-year Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and occupational therapy is a five-and-a-half-year entry-level master’s program.The physician assistant program is a freshman entry-level six-year program culminating in a master’s degree.

Quinnipiac’s pre-med advisement gives you the background to meet the academic entrance requirements of professional schools, including chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, osteopathy, podiatry, and veterinary. 

It is an education that works. In a survey of a recent Quinnipiac class taken six months after graduation, more than 90% of respondents were either employed or in graduate school full time.

Help beyond the classroom
College-level academics can be demanding, but Quinnipiac is a learning community. The Learning Center provides full tutoring assistance in academic subjects as well as workshops to improve study skills, time management, and research techniques. Tutors are upperclass students who are certified.

What happens after your years at Quinnipiac? Career advisement in each of the schools bridges your college experiences with your career expectations. During your Quinnipiac years, your academic advisor helps you meet graduation requirements and monitors your progress. Intern-ships and clinical work often lead to full-time employment after you earn your degree.

Three settings, one university
Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel campus has academic, residential, and recreational facilities for all students. The nearby York Hill campus is home to the TD Bank Sports Center, a lodge-like student center, and housing for most juniors and seniors. Just four miles away, the North Haven campus Graduate Center has classrooms and state-of-the-art labs for the graduate and professional courses in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, diagnostic imaging, radiologist assistant, education, medicine, and law.



The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine opened in fall 2013 and provides excellent training in health care for those interested in a variety of specialities. The Center for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences provides state-of-the-art facilities for all students.

Top-level intercollegiate sports involve Quinnipiac’s 21 varsity teams in NCAA Division I competition. Quinnipiac is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the ECAC for men’s and women’s ice hockey. 

With more than 100 clubs and organizations, Quinnipiac brings together students with a variety of interests. Keep physically fit with a range of activities, from intramural teams in more than 20 sports to fitness classes of all sorts. You can spend time in our expansive recreation center, weight and fitness rooms, and indoor track. 

In an event-filled student calendar, we’ve hosted the Dave Matthews Band, Everclear, hip-hop and rap groups, and jazz at its very best—as well as speakers such as journalist David Gregory, former President Jimmy Carter, and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

General: Founded in 1929, co-ed, non-sectarian, offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs through the College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Business and Engineering, Communications, Education, Health Sciences, and Nursing; the School of Law; and the School of Medicine

Location: An attractive New England campus on 600 acres in three settings, eight miles north of New Haven, 90 minutes from New York City, and two hours from Boston

Students: 6,500 full-time undergraduates from 28 states and 30 countries; in all, 80% of freshmen come from out of state; 95% of freshmen live on campus.

Faculty: The student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and the average class size is 22.

Computer Capability: The entire campus, including residence halls, library, and classrooms, is part of the Quinnipiac wireless network. All incoming students are required to purchase or bring a laptop.

Costs: 2014–2015 tuition and fees—$40,670; room and board—$14,490

International Study Opportunities:
Quinnipiac sponsors a study abroad program in Ireland and also sends students to a variety of countries, such as Australia, China, France, and Spain, for a semester of study or a summer program.

Financial Aid: With an average financial aid package of $22,600 per year, about 80% of our student body receives some form of aid. We offer merit scholarships based on previous academic work as well as need-based financial aid, for whichthe CSS/PROFILE and the FAFSA
are required.

Admission: About 22,000 students apply for admission each year. About 60% of all applicants are offered admission, and we enroll 1,700 freshmen. Given our rolling admission schedule, we recommend that you apply early in the fall semester. Get to know us personally through three fall open house programs, weekday and Saturday information sessions, and weekday admission interviews, all of which include a student-guided campus tour. You can chat with us online, file your application, view our campus video, and take our virtual tour.

Undergraduate Majors
Accounting, Advertising, Biomedical Marketing, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing

Engineering: Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Software

Communications: Communications/Media Studies; Film, Video, and Interactive Media; Journalism; Public Relations

Health Sciences and Nursing: Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, Biomedical Science, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (3-year accelerated B.S.), Health Science Studies, Microbiology/Immunology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy (5-1/2-year M.O.T.), Physical Therapy (6- or 7-year D.P.T.), Physician Assistant (6-year B.S./M.H.S.), Radiologic Sciences (3-year accelerated B.S.)

Arts and Sciences: Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Game Design and Development, Gerontology, History, Interactive Digital Design, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Services, Sociology, Spanish, Theater

Education: Elementary, Secondary (5-year B.A./Master of Arts in Teaching)

And Remember . . . It’s not always necessary to know what major you want when you apply to college. You can indicate that you’re undecided about your major and select your path as you experience more areas and continue to develop your interests.

Occupational therapy preparation at Quinnipiac offered many pre-clinical experiences to help me observe my major before my junior year. Classes went into depth in documentation and neurotechniques, with a wide base of theory. I participated in three different types of clinical experiences—psychiatric, physical disability, and outpatient rehabilitation in Palm Gardens, Florida. I was employed within a month of graduation. I returned to Quinnipiac after 10 years as an OT and just completed the physician assistant M.H.S. degree in 2014!”  
— Robert Franceskino ’02, ’14
Occupational Therapist
Physician Assistant