The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008, and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). These links below provide our site visitors with the consumer information required by the law. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for some of the information links below.

Financial Aid Overview

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Contact Information for Obtaining Financial Aid

Education Finance Specialist
Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing
200 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06610

203.384.3046 – fax

General Information

Career Development Information

Health and Safety Information

Student Drug and Alcohol Policy

Student Health Program and Vaccination Policy

Communication of OSHA Standards

To ensure that students receive information about the known and suspected health hazards of toxic substances to which they may be exposed to in the normal course of clinical experiences, they are instructed regarding the OSHA Hazard Communication Standards annually. All students complete the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) Health and Safety Training Course and Test at the time of admissions and repeat the course/test annually requiring an achievement of at least 85% on the test.

Students also follow the clinical institution’s policy on handling hazardous substances. Students have access to the Chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS) which is available on the Bridgeport Hospital Intranet: References/Chemical SDS. Also, for Bridgeport Hospital’s policy and procedure on Safety refer to the Bridgeport Hospital Intranet: Policies/Human Resources/Employee Safety & Security/G: 7 Safety.

Student Outcomes

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Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


BHSN conforms to the regulations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 which protects the privacy of student educational records, establishes the right of students to inspect and review their educational records and provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data. Based on revisions of this act institutions are permitted to disclose, without the consent or knowledge of the student or parent, personally identifiable information from the student’s education records to the representative of the Attorney General of the United States in response to an ex parte order in connection with the investigation or prosecution of terrorism crimes.


Click here for details in the Student Handbook


Maintenance of Student Records
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Procedure for Reviewing Records

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Procedure for Release of Records

Students must meet financial obligations to BHSN and/or Bridgeport Hospital and complete the Student Clearance Form before any written information in the student’s file, grades, official transcripts or references are released.

Students may have official transcripts sent to other institutions, prospective employers, authorized agencies, or receive personal copies upon completion of the "Transcript Request Form" available at the office of the Registrar.  The fee is $3.00 per transcript.

Student record information is kept up to 7 years post-graduation (refer to “Maintenance of Student Records”). Requests for written information, other than transcripts, that pertain to the program must be made in writing to BHSN.  The fee for obtaining such information is 50 cents per page.

Students with Disabilities

BHSN’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is dependent upon the following requirement: students with a hidden or visible disability that may require classroom, clinical or test-taking modifications must provide:

  • The completed and signed BHSN Disability form
  • Current written documentation of the disability (for in-coming students need to submit no later than one month prior to the first day of class)
  • Description of the necessary accommodation(s) for the disability from an appropriate health care provider

If a student requests accommodation during the course of a program or is returning to the program, the above requirement and modifications must be provided.

Disclosure of a documented disability will enable BHSN to consider a plan for the provision of reasonable accommodations; BHSN is under no obligation to provide accommodations beyond BHSN resources.

Tuition Refund Policy

Withdrawal or dismissal from BHSN within four (4) weeks entitles the student to a proportional refund of tuition.  Refunds are granted if the student complies with the leave of absence (LOA), withdrawal or dismissal procedures. The schedule of tuition refunds is as follows:

(Fees are not refundable).

Withdrawal before classes start 100%
1st week 80%
2nd week 60%
3rd week 40%
4th week 20%
After 4th week 0%

Proportional refunds of tuition monies are also in effect for those courses that do not meet on a full semester basis. Calculation must be based on last date of verifiable attendance. Refunds take approximately 10-14 days to process.

NOTE:  All Title IV recipients who withdraw will have a pro-rata refund calculation performed as defined by the higher education amendment of 1998.  In addition, an Exit Counseling Session is required for all students receiving Stafford Student Loans.  For more information on this policy, please contact the Education Finance Specialist.

Student Withdrawal

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Grievance Procedure/Complaints/Inquiries 

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Leave of Absence (LOA)

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Conduct Policies

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Academic Integrity

Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN) expects academic integrity. Students are expected to arrive to class on time and refrain from disruptive behavior during class/laboratory. Violation of academic integrity includes but is not limited to cheating on exams or quizzes, stealing or having unauthorized access to exams, signing another student’s name on an attendance form, sharing of information on exams, plagiarism, and falsification of data for clinical preparation or documentation. Behaviors not compliant with the academic integrity policy will result in dismissal from BHSN.

Academic Environment

All students shall be given the opportunity to learn in an environment that is free from noise, intrusions, and disruptions. Students should remain attentive to the activities of the classroom and behave in a manner that allows others to be attentive. Noise must be avoided and includes, but is not limited to: beepers, cell phones, side conversations among students, monopolization of conversation, and frequent getting up and down while class is in session. Faculty and students are mutually responsible for enforcing optimum classroom behavior, thus, creating an appropriate learning environment for all.

Drug Policies

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and the Drug Free Work Place Act of 1988 requires that schools, their students and employees certify that they have adopted and implemented practices that prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. In accordance with 34 CFR 86.100 the Student Handbook is distributed to each student annually. The policy is as follows:
  1. Standards of conduct at this institution prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by any student on the campus or at a School activity.
  2. Legal sanctions will be taken under Local, State or Federal law to prevent and uncover those who would unlawfully possess, use or distribute illicit drugs and alcohol.
  3. Drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation services are available to students. Students who need help will be referred to these sources either by the Director or the Senior Vice President for Patient Care Operations.
  4. This institution will impose disciplinary sanctions consistent with Local, State, and Federal Law. The Director will determine the sanction after consultation with the Sr. Vice President for Patient Care Operations, U.S. Department of Education, law enforcement officials, rehabilitation staff and others depending on each individual situation. Each instance will be treated on an individual basis. Continuation as a student will depend on factors that include but are not limited to the severity of the offense, completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, frequency of the violation, arrest records and convictions.
  5. Biennial review will be made by BHSN's Director to determine this policy's effectiveness, and the need for changes, updates and revisions.

Illicit drug or alcohol use by students is in direct conflict with the philosophy of BHSN, the professions of nursing and Allied Health. Therefore, the faculty of BHSN does not sanction the indiscriminate use, unauthorized possession, use or exchange of drugs and/or alcohol. Unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol will result in dismissal and is punishable to the fullest extent of the law.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited on school and hospital premises. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

Probation, Suspension and Dismissal

BHSN reserves the right to place a student on probationary status, suspend or dismiss a student for academic, clinical, behavioral, administrative, or other appropriate reasons. Reasons are not limited to, but may include, failure to meet:
  1. program requirements;
  2. course requirements, either academic or clinical;
  3. financial obligations to BHSN or Bridgeport Hospital;
  4. legal and ethical standards of practice;
  5. standards of safe and competent care;
  6. standards of moral, civil, professional and/or unlawful conduct.

Code of Conduct

Students in the BHSN programs are expected to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the high standards of the profession and in accordance with the Bridgeport Hospital Employee Conduct Policy. Students are entering a profession that requires a high level of personal integrity. Any violation of conduct will be dealt with promptly and appropriately. Students will be subject to disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the School.

Civility, Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing is a community of students, faculty and staff that are committed to a respectful, safe and protected environment. Our belief is that learning and work can exist when the environment is free from any type of uncivil acts. Acknowledging that uncivil acts may fall on a continuum ranging from lack of respect through physical violence, the School of Nursing requires that all members of our community value and respect each other. Any type of uncivil act will be taken seriously and will be dealt with promptly and appropriately.

Harassment on the basis of protected class is strictly prohibited. Harassment includes:

  1. Verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital status or any other class protected by applicable law; and
  2. That has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

Any form of sexual harassment of or by a student, be it physical, verbal, or implied will not be tolerated. Every effort will be made to prevent such harassment from occurring at BHSN. Sexual harassment is defined as "Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.” Sexual harassment in any form is grounds for dismissal.

Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing does not discriminate, nor will it tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation, or with regard to the bases outlined in the Veterans Readjustment Act and the American’s with Disabilities Act in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and other programs administered by BHSN.

Complaints of any form of harassment or discrimination should be submitted by the student to the Director of the School. Retaliation against an individual for reporting harassment or discrimination or for participating in an investigation of a claim of harassment or discrimination is a serious violation. Individuals who commit acts of retaliation, any form of harassment, or discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the School. Complaints should be submitted in writing if possible.

Student Health Program
Bridgeport Hospital’s Industrial Medical Center provides students with initial medical treatment for minor illnesses, health counseling, health instruction, consultation service and medical attention for injuries incurred during student experiences. Licensed health care personnel provide these services. Students are encouraged to seek additional care for illness by their private health care provider.

It is highly recommended for students to have insurance that will cover medical, emergency and hospital care. Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing is not responsible for the cost of emergency care, hospital care, specialized diagnostic procedures and/or treatments provided for a student.

Mantoux Tuberculin testing (PPD) is required annually or a physician documented chest X-ray report. Hepatitis B immunization is optional but strongly recommended. This immunization is provided by the Industrial Medical Center at cost to students. A declination form must be signed and returned by the student who does not complete this immunization. Annual influenza immunization is also strongly recommended and is offered by the Industrial Medical Center. Drug testing is required prior to entry and re-entry into BHSN. All drug testing must be done at the Industrial Medical Center for a fee.  

The Industrial Medical Center is located at 226 Mill Hill Ave, Bridgeport, CT.  The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  (203) 384-3290.  If an illness/injury occurs during a student’s clinical experience when the Industrial Medical Center is closed, students may be seen in the Emergency Department for care. All required incident/injury documentation must be completed. A copy of the incident/injury will be given to the Director of the School of Nursing.

Graduation Requirements

Before graduation, a student must complete the following:

  1. All course requirements*, including submission of non-nursing official transcripts
  2. Standardized tests, nursing students only
  3. Exit Interview including Student Clearance form with:
    1. Education Finance Specialist/Registrar
    2. Associate Director, Director of BHSN or Program Coordinator
  4. Payment of outstanding financial obligations to BHSN and Bridgeport Hospital.

* Surgical Technology students must complete all program requirements and documentation of Student Case Log. Surgical Technology students are required to complete a total of 1114 program hours and 120 clinical cases (minimum 80 1st scrub cases and 40 2nd scrub cases), evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties with 15 cases maximum in 1 specialty.

Upon satisfactory completion of all the graduation requirements, the nursing diploma or surgical technology certificate and pin are awarded at graduation ceremonies. Sterile processing students receive a certificate.

IMPORTANT:  BHSN official transcript, diploma/certificate, pin, and/or references will be withheld if graduation requirements are not met. In addition, official transcripts to the State Board of Examiners are held for nursing graduates who have completed the program but do not meet graduation requirements. Students have up to 1 year from the finish of the last nursing course to complete all graduation requirements to be considered a graduate of BHSN and be eligible for an official transcript.

Sterile Processing Program

The Sterile Processing student will receive a Certificate upon completion of the following program requirements:

  1. Completion of all course requirements
  2. Payment of outstanding financial obligations to BHSN and Bridgeport Hospital