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Department of Nursing

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The 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

Programs in the Department of Nursing prepare students for in-demand careers. More than 1.1 million new registered nurses will be needed by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Whether you're just beginning your nursing education or are seeking advanced study, our nursing programs emphasize quality teaching, clinical expertise, dedicated community service, and service to the profession of nursing. 

We offer clinical placements at major hospitals and health care facilities in Greater Hartford, interprofessional learning with students in a range of health care professions, and community-based experiences including our nationally recognized Project Horizon outreach program.

University of Hartford nursing graduates are employed throughout Connecticut and the region in professional leadership, practice, and education positions.

Nursing 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.


Post-Master's Certificate in Teaching for Nurses

In addition to our degree programs, we offer a 12-credit graduate certificate program designed for nurses who focused on a specialty other than nursing education in previous graduate study and who now have the interest or need for teacher preparation.  Learn more here.

Department Faculty & Staff

Karen Lucas Breda
Associate Professor of Nursing; Program Director of RN-BSN/MSN and Project Horizon
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Karen V. Duhamel
Assistant Clinical Nursing Professor
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Susan Eichar
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Lynn Stanley
Nursing Program Specialist
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Joyce Thielen
Chair of the Department of Nursing; Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
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Diane Verrochi
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Valerie Whynall
Nursing Skills Lab & Simulation Coordinator
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Department Contacts

Joyce Thielen
Department Chair

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