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

Visit our Financial Aid pages for information regarding the following:

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

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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).
Before classes start 100%
1st week 80%
2nd week 60%
3rd week 40%
4th week 20%
5th 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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Probation, Suspension and Dismissal

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Student Drug and Alcohol Policy

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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