College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

BSN in Nursing

Our direct-entry Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program provides you with the classroom, laboratory and hands-on clinical experience you need to become a highly skilled, compassionate caregiver. After completing the program, you’ll be prepared to take the national exam for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN).

If you already hold a license as a registered nurse, see our RN to BSN program for information on completing your bachelor's degree.

About the Major

BSN Nursing students in lab

In our four-year bachelor’s program, you will:

  • Work closely with expert nurse educators in small class sizes to learn evidence-based practices in health promotion, illness prevention, disease management, and care coordination
  • Strengthen your leadership skills by working with teams across health care disciplines to improve patient care outcomes
  • Be prepared to deliver patient care in a compassionate and ethical manner that respects individual differences

You’ll also receive enriching, hands-on experiences that will train you to solve real-world health challenges. These include:

Clinical Placements

nursing student in lab

Our program provides clinical placements at the leading hospitals and healthcare facilities in the Greater Hartford area, including:

  • Hartford Hospital
  • Eastern Connecticut Health Network - Manchester Memorial Hospital
  • Gaylord Specialty Care/Gaylord Hospital
  • Hospital of Central Connecticut - New Britain General Hospital
  • McLean Care
  • Middlesex Hospital
  • Midstate Medical Center
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center/Trinity Health of New England

Simulation Lab

Nursing simulation lab

Our on-campus high-tech simulation lab offers interactive and practice-based learning experiences, so you can develop your skills prior to starting your clinical rotations. Our lifelike SimMan® mannequins have their own pulse and can blink, speak, and even cry, simulating actual clinical situations.


Community Outreach

Nursing Project Horizon

Make a difference by participating in Project Horizon, a nationally recognized service learning experience dedicated to improving health in underserved communities. For more than 25 years, our nursing students have worked one-one-one with homeless shelters, soup kitchens  and schools in Hartford.


Career Outlook

Nursing career outlook

Nurses are in high demand.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for 1.1 million new RNs by 2022.  There will be far more RN jobs available by 2022 than any other profession. In addition, more employers are requiring or strongly preferring nurses with a BSN degree.


Degree Requirements

First Year Requirements

Fall Courses Credits Spring Courses Credits
BIO 122: Introductory Biology 4 BIO 212: Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CH 114: Prin. of Chem I 4 CH 136: Prin. of Chem II 4
ENHP 140: Dialogue 1 UIS: University Interdisciplinary 3
WRT 110: Academic Writing I 3 WRT 111: Academic Writing II 3
PSY 105: Introduction to Psychology 3 NUR 101: Pre-Nursing Seminar I 1
Total 15   15

Sophomore Year Requirements

Fall Courses Credits Spring Courses Credits
BIO 440: Medical Microbiology 4 SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 132: Human Development 3 M 114: Everyday Statistics 3
BIO 213: Anatomy and Physiology II 4 UIS: University Interdisciplinary 3
CMM 110, 111, or 115: Communication 3 NUR 201: Foundations of Nursing Practice 6
NUR 102: Pre-Nursing Seminar II 1    
Total 15   15

Junior Year Requirements

Fall Courses Credits Spring Courses Credits
NUR 334: Evidence-Based Practice 3 NUR 370: Maternal/Child Nursing 6
NUR 301: Medical/Surgical Nursing I 7 NUR 360: Mental Health Nursing 6
NUR 340: Health Assessment 3 NUR 343: Diversity in Nursing 3
UIS: University Interdisciplinary Studies 3    
Total 16   15

Senior Year Requirements

Fall Courses Credits Spring Courses Credits
NUR 433: Population Health Nursing 3 NUR 482: Nursing Capstone Seminar 4
NUR 434: Population Health Service learning 3 NUR 471: Medical/Surgical Nursing II 7
UIS: University Interdisciplinary Studies 3 NUR 510: Informatics for Healthcare Clinicians 3
NUR 446: Pharmacology Synthesis 3 HS 300-500: Health Science Elective 3
NUR 432: Proactive Nursing 3    
Total 15   17

For eligibility to begin the nursing curriculum in the second year, and to continue in the professional coursework, students must pass all required math and science courses with a C+ and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.33. To progress through the sequential NUR coursework, students must achieve a minimum C+ grade in all NUR-prefix courses, while maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.33.


Admission Requirements

BSN Nursing application requirements

Successful first-year applicants to the BSN program should complete a college prep high school curriculum that includes:

English - 4 years

Social Studies - 3 years

Mathematics - 3 years

Foreign language - 2 years

Lab science - 3 years including:

- Biology (required)
- Chemistry (required)
- And one of the following:

- Anatomy
- Physiology
- Earth Science
- AP Biology

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is optional.

Applicants should submit at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or high school counselor.

Additional Information

Program Mission and Philosophy

To prepare future nurse leaders and advance the level of education of registered nurses while fostering their professional and personal development.
We emphasize quality teaching complemented by scholarly and creative expression, clinical expertise, dedicated community service, and service to the profession of nursing. We are dedicated to the preparation of persons who enrich the nursing profession by responding flexibly and creatively to both professional and societal issues.

We believe that students seek relevant learning experiences grounded in experiential learning and have a clear commitment to the identity of the professional nurse. We believe that the best learning takes place in an environment of support where students are respected, and their life experiences honored. The ideal education setting is a learning community that allows student to realize their full potential as reflective, active, and life-long learners. Because we are committed to the idea that active involvement is essential to effective learning, we foster an environment of interaction among students and faculty. We expect all students to participate in their own learning and to facilitate the learning of others by participating in collaborative learning groups and partnerships, respecting each other’s opinions and questions, and by establishing a commitment to learning and critical and creative thinking. We strive to create a global community of scholarly caring.

Functional Requirements for Nursing Students

Click here to read the essential function performance standards for nursing majors.

Program Costs

Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for the most up-to-date information on undergraduate tuition and fees.

Nursing students will incur additional fees including but not limited to a clinical program fee, and a fee to support assessment of learning and preparation for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The clinical program fee is assessed on a per-semester basis to cover costs related to clinical rotations. Additional expenses specific to the nursing program relate to essential requirements of the program such as clinical uniforms and supplies, health care requirements, immunization, toxicology screening, and criminal background checks.

Program Contact:

Joyce Thielen
BSN Program Director


Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the State of Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing.

CCNE logoThe nursing programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; telephone: 202.887.6971. Information about the accreditation process is available at CCNE.

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