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Department of Health Sciences and Nursing

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The Department of Health Sciences and Nursing offers:

Two majors Three Health Science concentrations
Four minors
Two licensing and certification programs
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Accelerating Nursing Programs for Health Science Graduates at Fairfield University, the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University.

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Department Chair
Dr. Yaw Nsiah
Goddard Hall, Rm. 212D
(860) 465-4524
(860) 465-0395
Associate Director of Nursing Admissions, Enrollment Management and Communication
Geeta Thapa, M.D.
Goddard Hall, Rm. 206
(860) 465-0376
(860) 465-0395
Assistant Chair
Amy Bataille
Goddard Hall, Rm. 217
(860) 465-4002
(860) 465-0395
Kate Linderson
Goddard Hall, Rm. 212
(860) 465-5027
(860) 465-0395
Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Christina Nadeau
Goddard Hall Rm 212A
(860) 465-5509
Clinical Coordinator
Lindsay Boucher
Goddard Hall Rm 206
(860) 465-5547
University Assistant
Donna Anderson
Goddard Hall, Rm. 212
(860) 465-5045
(860) 465-0395
University Assistant 
Jenny Spellman
Goddard Hall, Rm. 212
(860) 465-5008
(860) 465-0395
Students in Ghana
Students in Lab
Students in Lab
Virtual Dissection Table

In the News

Windham Hospital

Eastern partners with Hartford HealthCare to address nursing shortage

March 20, 2024

Eastern Connecticut State University and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) are joining forces to tackle Connecticut's nursing shortage by establishing a partnership aimed at increasing the number of healthcare professionals in the region. The collaboration centers around Eastern's new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and includes the construction of a cutting-edge simulation facility at Windham Hospital.

Eastern brings together experts to consider solutions to opioid epidemic

Experts on opioid epidemic open community dialogue at Eastern

March 06, 2024

Early in his career as a paramedic, in the 1990s, Peter Canning responded to a cheerleading accident in which a high school girl broke her back. Two years later, he responded to her again, this time in a car accident, unconscious from a heroin overdose.

Students in Eastern’s planned BSN program will use specialized equipment such as this virtual dissection table.

Eastern receives state grant to launch nursing program

March 02, 2023

Eastern Connecticut State University is receiving a $1.2 million grant from the Connecticut Health Horizons project, a three-year, $35 million program established by the state to address the nursing shortage in Connecticut.

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Programs of Study

  • Health Sciences majors choose from concentrations in Public Health, Allied Health or Exercise and Sports Science. Students are educated through outstanding experiential learning, community service and research studies to address societal health needs for diverse populations. Our state-of-the-art laboratory equipment include a 3D Virtual Human Dissection Table; DNA Sequencer; imaging center with confocal microscope; gait analysis walkway; isokinetic system; body balance system; and emergency medical technology and paramedic equipment.

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  • Eastern's cohort-based Nursing program is dedicated to educating the future leaders of the nursing profession. Combining the core values of the liberal arts with innovative clinical experiences, students will obtain the necessary skills to provide exceptional healthcare to our community. Our newly renovated space in Goddard Hall provides facilities for classroom and experiential learning in a collaborative space with students and faculty. In partnership with Hartford Healthcare (HHC), Eastern students benefit from experienced clinical faculty, a state-of-the-art clinical simulation lab at Windham Hospital and clinical rotations at diverse Hartford Healthcare sites.

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  • Students in the allied health concentration in the Health Sciences major take courses in microbiology, anatomy & physiology, and chemistry in preparation for a graduate school in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, and physician assistant. They are also prepared to enter a variety of health- and science-related careers.

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  • Public Health is available as a concentration in the Health Science major. The program builds upon supporting courses in chemistry, mathematics, health, sociology and psychology. Students learn about public health issues, drinking water management, substance abuse, and health promotion and prevention as they prepare for careers in public health or entrance into graduate school.

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  • Exercise and Sport Science is devoted to study how exercise improves physical health and performance. This curriculum examines two broad themes: (a) how exercise promotes physical and mental health. Areas of study include exercise, physical fitness, and disease caused by sedentary lifestyles including cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders; (b) the scientific principles underlying exercise improve sports performance. Areas of study include the physiological basis of exercise, biomechanics, overtraining, specialization, musculoskeletal injuries, and the emotional health of athletes.

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