About the Connell School

Founded in 1947, the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing (CSON) prepares students to thrive as compassionate nurse leaders in the classroom, in communities, in practice, and through research.  

Grounded in Jesuit ideals, the CSON community focuses on nurturing the whole person and promoting social justice—all in an inclusive, supportive environment. As a result, graduates use their knowledge in service to others.

The Connell School offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, along with continuing education opportunities. Internationally recognized faculty experts are passionate about teaching, advancing clinical science, and empowering new generations of nurses to transform health care around the globe.

Beyond campus, the Connell School helps students hone skills in clinical specialties through partnerships with more than 85 health care facilities in the Greater Boston area. Students and graduates can also leverage an impressive network of nearly 10,000 Connell School alumni to help propel their careers forward.

Find out about our mission and the strategic aims that guide us.

Who We Are

The Connell School of Nursing is a close-knit community of faculty, students, staff, and alumni who all have a common goal—improving health. We enjoy working together and are proud to be part of a leading Jesuit, Catholic university where each individual is valued, social justice is an integral part of our belief system, and we live by Boston College’s motto ‘Ever to Excel.’
Susan Gennaro, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Dean, William F. Connell School of Nursing

Connell School of Nursing Facts & Figures


Clinical partners in the Greater Boston area


Ranked graduate nursing program

2019 U.S. News & World Report Survey


Of undergraduate students study abroad

Experiential Learning at CSON

Our undergraduate students learn in more than 85 locations in
Boston. Last year, 92 CSON graduate students worked with 240
preceptors. Each student has 2-3 placements in Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. 

Learn more about Clinical Experience