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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.

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Questions? Contact the Department of Nursing at 860.768.4588

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 hospital wearing scrubs

Clinical Placements

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

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

Community Outreach

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.


Learn in our new academic building

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Our new 60,000-square foot academic building, opening in Fall 2021, will include state-of-the-art labs and classrooms for ENHP students. Facilities will include labs for motion analysis, human performance, physical therapy, and nursing simulation.

Degree Requirements

The BSN is a minimum of 125 credits. A sample of courses is listed below; view the full curriculum and course descriptions in the course catalog.

All first-year pre-nursing students must meet the following requirements to begin nursing coursework in the sophomore year: 

  • Complete all required first-year pre-nursing courses, BIO 122, CH 114, CH 136, BIO 212, and PSY 105, with a grade of C+ or better in each course and earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.67.
  • Students may repeat a single pre-nursing course once to achieve the required grade/s of C+ in each course. Repeated course/s must be taken in the next term offered. No more than three courses can be repeated.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.67 prior to beginning sophomore year.

The following course requirements will take effect in the 2020-2021 academic year:

Professional Courses (67 credits)

NUR 201 - Foundations of Nursing Practice - 6 credit(s)

NUR 202 - Nursing: Professionalism & Practice - 2 credit(s)

NUR 205 - Health & Physical Assessment - 4 credit(s)

NUR 210 - Pharmacotherapeutics - 3 credit(s)

NUR 215 -  Pathophysiology -  3 credit(s)

NUR 301 - Adult & Older Adult Health I - 7 credit(s)

NUR 315 - Introduction to Healthcare Informatics - 3 credit(s)

NUR 334W - Seminar in Nursing Research - 3 credit(s)

NUR 360P - Psychosocial Issues in Nursing Practice - 6 credit(s)

NUR 370 - Maternal/Child Nursing - 6 credit(s)

NUR 433P - Population Health Nursing - 3-5 credit(s) (5 credits required)

NUR 455 - Leadership & Management of Care - 6 credit(s)

NUR 465 - Prep for Licensure & Practice - 2 credit(s)

NUR 471 - Adult & Older Adult Health II - 7 credits(s)

NUR 482W - Nursing Capstone Seminar - 4 credit(s)

Sciences (26-27 credits)

BIO 122 - Introductory Biology I - 4 credit(s)

BIO 212 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credit(s)

BIO 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II -  4 credit(s)

CH 114 - Principles of Chemistry I - 4 credit(s)

CH 136 - Principles of Chemistry II - 4 credit(s)

HS 315 - Human Nutrition - 3 credit(s)

UIST University Interdisciplinary Studies: Natural, Scientific, and Technological Exploration elective 3-4 credit(s)

General Education Requirements

Basic Requirements (14 credits)

WRT 110W - Academic Writing I - 3 credit(s)

WRT 111W - Academic Writing II - 3 credit(s)

HS 140P - Introduction to Healthcare Professions I - 2 credits(s)

HS 141P - Introduction to Healthcare Professions II - 2 credits(s)

M 114 - Everyday Statistics - 3 credit(s)

US 190 - FY Success Seminar - 1 credit(s)

Humanities and Arts (9 credits)

CMM 110 - Communication in the Digital Age - 3 credit(s) OR

CMM 111 - Business and Professional Communication - 3 credit(s) OR

CMM 115 - Improving Communication Skills 3 credit(s)

UISA University Interdisciplinary Studies: Artistic and Creative Expression - 3 credit(s)

UISC University Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural and Historical Interpretation - 3 credit(s)

Social Sciences (12 credits)

PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology - 3 credit(s)

PSY 132 - Human Development - 3 credit(s)

SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology - 3 credit(s)

UISS University Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Context and Change - 3 credit(s)

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Synthesize concepts from the arts, humanities, and the natural and social sciences in professional nursing practice
  2. Apply leadership and organizational skills to provide quality care for diverse populations across a variety of settings
  3. Evaluate and apply evidence-based research and practice to improve patient outcomes
  4. Demonstrate skills in using information technology, information systems, and communication tools that support safe nursing practice
  5. Articulate the influence of policy, finance, and regulatory environments on healthcare outcomes and nursing practice
  6. Manage knowledge and support decision making using best practices in interprofessional communication and collaboration to optimize patient outcomes
  7. Apply principles of health promotion and disease prevention with populations in diverse settings
  8. Demonstrate professional values that are indicative of moral, ethical, and legal conduct
  9. Demonstrate evolving competence in clinical reasoning and professional nursing practice across the healthcare continuum.

Core Performance Standards for Nursing Students

Click here to read the Core Performance Standards for Admission to the Nursing Major.

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 baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at the University of Hartford College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; telephone: 202.887.6791. Information about the accreditation process is available at CCNE.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Regulation 34 CFR 688.43(a)(5)(v), please refer to The Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirement page here. Select Connecticut on the dropdown menu for full licensure requirements in Connecticut.

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