Advancing Careers in Health Care
As a major academic affiliate of the Yale School of Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital provides a significant amount of Health Professions Education on an annual basis. This includes Graduate and Indirect Medical Education in the area of residency and fellowship education for physicians / medical students, the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing including a Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program, allied health education, radiology residency program, pastoral care residency program and a pharmacy program. In addition, the hospital provides a clinical setting for undergraduate training to students enrolled in various allied health fields including nursing, laboratory and radiology. In 2013, the cost to Bridgeport Hospital to provide funding for healthcare training and education programs was more than $19.5 million, and benefited 220 individuals.
A total of 86 students graduated from the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (43 in the 15-month accelerated program and 43 in the traditional two-year program). Most graduates accepted nursing positions at the Hospital. A total of 12 nurses graduated with master’s degrees from the joint Bridgeport Hospital-Fairfield University Nurse Anesthesia Program. The Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Surgical Technology Program had 16 graduates and 38 people completed the School’s Sterile Processing Technician course.
During 2013, the hospital provided a clinical setting for undergraduate training to 120 students enrolled in programs for nursing, laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, physical and occupational therapy, and dietary professionals. Bridgeport Hospital has long standing partnerships to provide this training with several area colleges and universities including Fairfield University, University of Connecticut, Gateway Community College, Norwalk Community College, Goodwin College, St. Joseph College, Sacred Heart University, Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University.