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College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

MSN in Nursing

Open the door to more career opportunities with our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

The MSN program prepares nurses for advanced roles in nursing education, nursing management, or public health.

The 34-credit MSN is a year-round program, and you can begin study at the start of any session (fall, spring or summer). The majority of our students are working full-time and pursuing their degrees on a part-time basis.

Quick Facts
  • 34 credits: Online or On-ground
  • Part-Time or Full-Time
  • Priority Application Deadline - Nov 15  / April 15
  • Spring, Summer & Fall Semester Start
  • Course Catalog
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Questions? Contact Program Director Karen Breda

About the Program

MSN in nursing students in classroom

Our program offers two ways to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree:

  • In-person, hybrid classes
  • Online classes (see below)

The in-person MSN program can be completed in two, three or four years depending upon whether you enroll in one or two classes each semester and during the summer. The online MSN can be completed in 24 months.

The MSN program enables students to prepare for leadership roles by choosing one of three concentrations:

  • Public Health Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Management

Read more about these concentrations below.

The MSN program emphasizes quality teaching complemented by scholarly and creative expression, clinical expertise, community service, and service to the nursing profession. Our faculty are dedicated to the development of professionals who enrich the nursing profession by responding flexibly and creatively to both professional and societal issues.

Programs of Study

MSN Nursing student research
Our annual ENHP Day is a forum for our nursing students to present their community-based research endeavors.

Our MSN program offers three areas of focus. Through scholarly projects, creative partnerships with faculty, clinical experiences, and selection of relevant elective courses, you have the opportunity to personalize your program of study to meet your individual career goals.

 

Public Health Nursing - 34 credits

Healthcare reform places a demand for nurse leaders in the area of population health in community and global settings. The program of study includes the science of public health, foundations of public health theory, and healthcare policy and politics. Nurses are prepared to synthesize nursing practice and public health theory to promote and preserve the health of families, aggregates, communities, and populations.  

Graduates assume roles in public health and community settings, including public health departments, community and global health agencies, home care, schools, and occupational health settings.

Nursing Education - 34 credits

As the demand for nursing instructors and clinical educators continues, many nurses consider educator roles. They may be interested in teaching in a school of nursing, working in professional development, or focusing on the education of a specific patient/community population.

This curriculum prepares nurses to assume advanced roles as instructors in academic and service settings. Our program focuses on curriculum development and foundational knowledge in theories of teaching and learning, and provides flexible and practical experience in academic and healthcare settings. Graduates assume leadership roles in clinical nursing education, academic faculty appointments, and staff development.

Nursing Management - 34 credits

In a rapidly changing healthcare environment, there is a compelling need for nurse leaders in all aspects of healthcare. The nursing management focus centers on principles of leadership and administration. We provide a theoretical and practical approach to prepare you for advanced positions as nurse leaders/managers in acute care, long-term care, and community settings.

Online MSN Program

Advance your career and leadership skills with our online Master of Science in Nursing. Designed to fit your schedule, there are no required login times and coursework is 100 percent online. The 34-credit program offers the same concentrations in public health nursing, nursing education, or nursing management as the in-person MSN program.

You can start the program in any of the three starting points each year - August, January or May. The online MSN can be completed in 24 months. Semesters are divided into two seven-week sessions and students take one class at a time. The program allows practicing nurses to continue working full-time while completing their MSN degrees on a part-time basis.

Admission Requirements

MSN nursing students in classroom

Applications are accepted throughout the year. However, you are best served by submitting your application by the following priority filing dates: April 15 (to begin in the summer or fall) and November 15 (to begin in the spring).

Requirements:

  • Completed online application
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • Evidence of current licensure or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the State of Connecticut. RNs who hold licensure in states other than Connecticut do not need to apply for Connecticut licensure to be admitted.
  • Bachelor's degree from a nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE. Nurses who hold a bachelor's degree outside the field of nursing may apply.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or completion of 6 credits at the graduate level with a minimum grade point average of 3.3
  • Minimum of one year of clinical practice
  • Official transcripts for all college-level work forwarded to the University of Hartford
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from an academic source and one from a professional source
  • Letter of intent
  • Current résumé

If you have graduated from the University of Hartford's RN to BSN program in the past three years and have a minimum 3.0 GPA, you may qualify for automatic admission to our master's program in nursing. Please contact Graduate Admission, Center for Adult and Academic Services, at gradstudy@hartford.edu.

Additional Information

Program Mission and Philosophy

Mission
To prepare future nurse leaders and advance the level of education of registered nurses while fostering their professional and personal development.
 
Philosophy
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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Assimilate the intersection of nursing expertise and the broader knowledge of science and the humanities to improve care for diverse populations.
  2. Apply knowledge of systems, organizations, and leadership skills in effecting change that improve the care environment.
  3. Analyze the principles of safety and quality improvement initiatives in order to promote a culture of safety and high quality health care delivery.
  4. Synthesize translational research principles in creating and integrating evidence-based practice.
  5. Proficiently utilize current technologies in health care delivery, communication and data management.
  6. Integrate the impact of healthcare policy in the nurse’s role as advocate for patients, families, and populations.
  7. Apply principles of communication, cooperation and collaboration to develop, participate, and lead inter-professional health care teams.
  8. Influence and advocate for healthcare policies and practices that best serve the health-promotion and disease-prevention needs of individuals, groups, and populations.
  9. Integrate clinical expertise with advanced nursing knowledge to prepare for leadership roles in Nursing Education, Management or Public Health.

Sigma Theta Tau - Iota Upsilon Chapter

The Iota Upsilon Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing, obtained its charter in 1985 at the University of Hartford. Mary Schulze, who served as a faculty member in nursing from the inception of the nursing program to 1999, attributes the success of starting a University of Hartford chapter to the hard work and dedication of BSN alumna Debra K. Pasquale.   

While the chapter originated on the University of Hartford campus, today it includes the University of Saint Joseph and Central Connecticut State University.

The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.


University of Hartford Faculty Advisor
Karen Duhamel
duhamel@hartford.edu

Iota Upsilon Chapter-at-Large website

Sigma Theta Tau International website

Eligibility for Membership

Estimated Expenses

MSN Program Estimated Costs

Based on 2019-2020 University tuition and fees

Estimated Per Semester Program Cost

6 credits x per credit rate ($615) $3,690
Registration Fee $30
Technology Fee $96 (Summer $25)
Parking Fee $45 ($75/year)
Books, lab fees & miscellaneous supplies Estimated about $300
Total SEMESTER estimate $4,161

Estimated TOTAL Program Cost

Application Fee $50
34 credits x per credit rate ($615) $20,910
Registration fee per semester ($30) x avg of 8 $240
Technology fee - regular semester ($96) x avg of 6; summer session ($25) x 2 $626
Parking fee ($75) x number of academic years (3) $225
Graduation fee $208
Books, lab fees, miscellaneous supplies (est. $150 per course x 11 courses) $1,650
Total PROGRAM expenses $23,909

Program Contacts

Karen Lucas Breda, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences and Nursing
860.768.4477
breda@hartford.edu

Graduate Admissions Office
860.768.4371
800.945.0712
gradstudy@hartford.edu

Accreditation

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.

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