Nursing

Dean

Professor Regina Cusson

Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

Professor: Jacqueline McGrath

Professors

Beck, Cusson, McGrath, Polifroni, Shelton. Starkweather

Associate Professors

Cong, Delaney, Engler, Kenefick, McDonald, Shellman, Van Hoof, Walsh

Assistant Professors

Baumbauer, Judge, Lucas, Newlin Lew, Young

Clinical Professor

Alexander

Associate Clinical Professors

Bellini, Elwell, Jakubisin-Konicki, McCauley, Meadows-Oliver, Miller, Panosky

Assistant Clinical Professors

Bourassa, Bourgault, Dileone, Dodge, Griffiths, Judd, Krafft, Kuhnly, Malcolm, Maruca, McNulty, Reagan, Sargent, Stolfi, Wetmore, Zakewicz

Professor in Residence

Tikoo

Associate Professor in Residence

Long

The School of Nursing offers study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in nursing.
The M.S. Program

The plan of study includes nursing and related courses according to the plan of study for each area of concentration. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The purpose of the Master’s program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice with specialized knowledge, skills, and values. Graduates assume leadership roles in the health care system and the discipline of nursing by applying existing knowledge and using a spirit of inquiry to examine and test knowledge. Areas of Concentration include the following: Clinical Nurse Leader, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Each student completes a core curriculum in theory, research, statistics, and legal, regulatory and policy aspects of advanced nursing practice. All students are required to follow either a full-time or part-time prescribed plan of study. Additional courses in the areas of concentration are also required. A minimum of 2,080 hours of clinical experience as an RN providing direct patient care is required prior to enrolling in Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (NURS 5062) or Neonatal Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 5362). The Clinical Nurse Leader Program prepares nurses as generalists in designing change at the micro systems level.

An accelerated Master’s program is available for nurses with diplomas or associate degrees or baccalaureate degrees in another field. No student may take more than six (6) credits as a non-degree student. The M.S. program requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above to earn the Master’s in Nursing. Students must earn a B (3.0) or better in all nursing graduate courses in order to earn credit toward graduation. A student may only repeat one course with a NURS prefix throughout their graduate study. If a student does not earn a C+ or better on the first try, a collaborative decision between the advisor and the student is made to determine if a repeat of the course is appropriate.

Admission Requirements for the M.S. Program

In addition to those of the Graduate School, requirements for admission are: a baccalaureate in nursing or its equivalent, current or eligible for registered nurse licensure in Connecticut, grade of C or higher in a three-credit undergraduate course covering statistics, grade of C or higher in undergraduate course covering research, comprehensive health assessment knowledge for professional nursing PRAXIS (undergraduate health assessment course), and a cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.00. A completed application includes clear indication of area of concentration desired: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (or neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist option), or Clinical Nurse Leader. Additionally, three reference letters that address the applicant’s level of commitment, leadership ability, clinical practice experience, professional involvement, and scholarly potential are required. Finally, a personal statement is required that addresses the candidate’s goals, accomplishments, commitment, leadership, practice, professional involvement, and timeframe for degree completion (full time or part time study). A minimum of one or more years of experience as a registered nurse is required prior to beginning clinical practicum courses except for applicants to the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (or neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist option) who must have two or more years NICU nursing experience. Contemporary nursing and related science knowledge is expected in order to be successful in the advanced courses within the graduate program.

Evidence of tetanus vaccination in the past 10 years with one TDAP (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) since the age of 10, one poliomyelitis booster following initial immunization, PPD test (chest x-ray required biennially for positive reactors), rubella, rubeola, varicella, and hepatitis B titers (with vaccine if titer is negative) are required for clinical practicum coursework. A current RN license and CPR certification are required. A criminal background check is also required prior to placement in a clinical assignment. In certain circumstances evidence of a criminal record may prevent a student from fulfilling clinical requirements and/or requirements for professional licensure. A malpractice insurance fee is added to students’ fee bill upon registration for practicum courses.

The D.N.P. Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program offers a terminal degree in nursing for those interested in an advanced nursing practice role, either as a nurse practitioner or as a nurse executive. D.N.P.-prepared advanced practice nurses are prepared to assume leadership roles as providers and administrators in healthcare settings or as clinical faculty in educational settings. The D.N.P. program focuses on an education in the scholarship of application. This program has 2 entry/matriculation points: post-Bachelor’s degree (B.S.-D.N.P.) and post-M.S. entry for those already holding APRN licensure and certification and M.S. preparation. The B.S.-D.N.P. Program encompasses an APRN concentration leading to the conferral of an M.S. degree as part of the B.S.-D.N.P. Program. This option allows students to begin APRN practice while continuing their doctoral studies. APRN options available include the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentrations, the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration, or the Neonatal Acute Care nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist concentration. The B.S.-D.N.P. Program options range in credits from 83-87 in total, depending on area of concentration, as well as a clinical practice dissertation and evidence of a minimum of 1,000 supervised clinical hours. The Post-M.S. Program of Study requires 38 credits, a clinical practice dissertation, and evidence of a minimum of 1,000 supervised clinical hours post-baccalaureate.

Admission Requirements
  1. B.S.-D.N.P. Program: In addition to those of the Graduate School, requirements for admission to the B.S.-D.N.P. program are: a baccalaureate degree current or eligible for registered nurse licensure in Connecticut, grade of C or higher in a three-credit undergraduate course covering statistics, grade of C or higher in undergraduate course covering research, comprehensive health assessment knowledge for professional nursing PRAXIS (undergraduate health assessment course), and a cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.00. A completed application includes clear indication of area of concentration desired: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (or neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist option). Additionally, three reference letters that address the applicant’s level of commitment, leadership ability, clinical practice experience, professional involvement, and scholarly potential are required. Finally, a personal statement is required that addresses the candidate’s goals, accomplishments, commitment, leadership, practice, professional involvement, and timeframe for degree completion (full time or part time study). A minimum of one or more years of experience as a registered nurse is required prior to beginning clinical practicum courses except for applicants to the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (or neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist option) who must have two or more years NICU nursing experience. Contemporary nursing and related science knowledge is expected in order to be successful in the advanced courses within the graduate program. Submission of any published works or scholarly papers are requested as well as a personal interview.
  1. Post-M.S. D.N.P. Program: Admission to the D.N.P. Program at the post-M.S. level requires an earned Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university, a Master’s degree level certification required in the applicant’s area of specialty such as APRN, CNS, or Nurse Executive Advanced, and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses of record. Alternatively, a student may present a grade point average greater than 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate study coupled with other evidence of competence and accomplishment, particularly during their Master’s program. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may present an exceptionally strong grade point average for the most recent year’s study, along with compelling evidence of potential for success. Additional requirements include, a personal statement from the applicant addressing his or her reasons for applying and his or her plans for the future, three letters of reference from faculty or others who can address the candidate’s potential for success in the graduate program, evidence of successful completion of a graduate level course in statistics within the previous five years, and copies of all published and scholarly works.
Additional D.N.P Requirements

Evidence of tetanus immunization within the past 10 years with one TDap (Tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis) since the age of 10, one poliomyelitis booster following initial immunization, 2-step PPD test (chest x-ray required biennially for positive reactors), rubella, rubeola, varicella, hepatitis B titers (with vaccine if titer is negative) are required for clinical practicum coursework. A current, active RN license and CPR certification are required. A criminal background check is also required prior to placement in a clinical assignment. In certain circumstances evidence of a criminal record may prevent a student from fulfilling clinical requirements and/or requirements for professional licensure. A malpractice insurance fee is added to students’ fee bill upon registration for practicum courses.

The Ph.D. Program

The purpose of the Ph.D. Program is to prepare nurse leaders who will advance the scientific body of knowledge that is unique to professional nursing practice. Educational experiences are offered in nursing theory development, philosophy of nursing science, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and in advanced statistics. Study in specialty areas further supports the individual’s area of clinical interest.

Admission Requirements for the Ph.D. Program

In addition to those of the Graduate School, requirements for admission are:

  • Online Application
  • Application to the Graduate School of the University, which includes transcripts of all prior academic work.
  • Eligibility for licensure as a registered nursing in Connecticut.
  • Graduation from an accredited Master’s program.
  • Cumulative Master’s grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores.
  • Three reference letters that address the applicant’s level of commitment, leadership ability, clinical practice, professional involvement, and scholarly potential.
  • A personal statement addressing the candidate’s goals, accomplishments, research interests, dissertation topic, commitment, leadership, practice, professional involvement, and timeframe for degree completion.
  • Description of career and educational experiences that have formed a focus and expertise in a selected area of nursing, and how the applicant sees this background as a foundation for developing a scholarly pathway.
  • Submission of any published works or scholarly papers.
  • A personal interview.

Additional program information and information concerning the application process is located on the web at www.nursing.uconn.edu.

BS-PhD Program

The School of Nursing offers entry into the PhD program for students holding a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.  This option is intended for nurses who wish to focus their career on research, public policy, administration, history, and / or nursing philosophy and theory.  A Master’s Degree is conferred upon completion of the General Exam.

Admission Requirements for the BS-PhD Program

  • Online Application
  • Application to the Graduate School of the University, which includes transcripts of all prior academic work.
  • Eligibility for licensure as a registered nursing in Connecticut.
  • Completion of a nursing science course (BA or graduate).
  • A cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.25.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores.
  • Three reference letters that address the applicant’s level of commitment, leadership ability, clinical practice, professional involvement, and scholarly potential.
  • A personal statement addressing the candidate’s goals, accomplishments, research interests, dissertation topic, commitment, leadership, practice, professional involvement, and timeframe for degree completion.
  • Description of career and educational experiences that have formed a focus and expertise in a selected area of nursing, and how the applicant sees this background as a foundation for developing a scholarly pathway. If the applicant’s background relative to the projected scholarly pathway is lacking a component that selected master’s level clinical courses could fulfill, the applicant may be required to complete selected clinical courses as part of the program of study.
  • Submission of any published works or scholarly papers.
  • A personal interview.

Additional program information and information concerning the application process is located on the web at www.nursing.uconn.edu.

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