College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

RN to BSN Program

If you’re a registered nurse who plans to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), our program is designed for you. It provides licensed registered nurses with the opportunity to complete a BSN degree on a part-time basis in a supportive, caring atmosphere.

About the Program

RN to BSN program nursing

The RN to BSN program was the first completion program in Connecticut. Our focus has consistently been oriented to adult learners, facilitating advanced study for nurses while addressing your unique needs as individuals and professionals.

Our program is designed to be completed in 18 months part-time to accommodate the schedules of working nurses. You will attend two classes one evening per week. Courses follow a consistent schedule and the entire program can be completed in five semesters, including one summer.

As a transfer student from an associate degree program in nursing, an unlimited number of your associate degree credits will transfer to our RN to BSN program. You will be expected to complete your final 30 credits at the University of Hartford.

We recognize that you bring much more than prior college credits to our program. Your clinical experience and that of your classmates is a vital component of our curriculum and valued by our nursing faculty. Our faculty encourage you to bring patient-care issues to the classroom and classroom learning to the workplace.

Curriculum

RN to BSN nursing students with research

A minimum of 120 credits is required to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).  This includes 30 credits of professional nursing courses and 90 credits of general education requirements.  See the course catalog for full requirements:

 

Admission Process

Application Steps

Steps to apply to the RN to BSN program:

  1. Go to the Apply section of our website.
    1. Choose UHART Portal option (NOT Common Application).
    2. Create an account to start a new application and select your intended start term.
    3. Choose Undergraduate Application under the application type question.
    4. Choose Transfer under the applicant type question.
    5. Choose part-time under the question about whether you intend to enroll full time or part time.
    6. Choose Nursing-RN to BSN under the question “What is your intended program of study?”
  1. Request official transcripts from all colleges you have attended, and ask the issuing institution to send official transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Note: If you have transcripts under prior name(s), ask the college or university sending the transcript to include your current name. If you believe a transcript may have been sent to our Office of Admission without your current name on it, please notify the transfer counselor in the Office of Admission. This will facilitate the processing of your application. Email admission@hartford.edu or call 860.768.4296.

  1. Formal admission to RN to BSN Program: When the admissions process is complete, you will receive a mailing from the University of Hartford with your new student ID number. In a separate mailing you will receive an “equivalency report” listing the names of general education courses that have transferred into the University of Hartford. Save your equivalency report.
  2. Download your University of Hartford transcript: Once you are admitted and have a student ID number, log on to the online Student Self-Service Center to access your University of Hartford transcript. Check the transcript to make sure that all of the courses you have taken transferred in and that there are no courses missing. If there are missing courses, contact the University of Hartford Office of Admission at admission@hartford.edu, 860.768.4296.

Transfer Information

As a transfer student from an associate degree program in nursing, an unlimited number of your associate degree courses will transfer to our RN to BSN program. You will be expected to complete your final 30 credits at the University of Hartford.

The University of Hartford participates in a dual admission agreement with the six Connecticut community colleges that offer the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ADN). This agreement guarantees enrollment in the RN to BSN program at the University of Hartford pending completion of the associate's degree, a minimum 2.7 GPA, licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Connecticut, and a few additional conditions.  See the Additional Information link below for details.

For general information about transferring, contact:

Carla J. Fuller
Office Coordinator
Department of Nursing
860.768.4213
cfuller@hartford.edu

You will submit your application and documentation to our Office of Admission. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, and you may begin study in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Office of Admission
860.768.4296
admission@hartford.edu

Community Outreach

Project Horizon

Project Horizon nurse taking blood pressure

Project Horizon is a community outreach project of ENHP's Center for Health, Care, and Well-Being. For over 25 years, registered nurses pursuing their BSN degree from the University have volunteered their services in schools and neighborhood health agencies in the community, including organizations serving people who are homeless.

Project Horizon nurse-students volunteer 4 to 6 hours a week in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, neighborhood centers, transitional living centers and schools. Nurse-students provide nursing care, health teaching, wellness promotion, support, advocacy and referral advice to improve the health and quality of life in the Hartford community.

Partner Agencies

Project Horizon partner agencies

A partial list of partner agencies includes:

Community Renewal Team Immaculate Conception Shelter
Mercy Housing Corporation My Sister's Place
Open Hearth Association South Park Inn
Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)
Hartford Public Schools West Hartford Public Schools

Research

Project Horizon research

Project Horizon uses community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods that include active community participation in the research process to foster communication among community members and researchers to reduce health risks.

Nurse students supported by academic researchers carry out initiatives to advance outcomes in health, care and well-being in homeless shelters, transitional living centers, urban schools, and neighborhood centers. Recent Project Horizon innovations centered on cardiovascular and pulmonary health, exercise and diet, communicable disease prevention, and on health education related to breast and prostate cancer, HIV, obesity and diabetes.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I pursue my BSN on a part-time basis while working as a Registered Nurse (RN)?

Yes, nearly all of the nurses in our program are working full time while taking one or two classes each semester and summer toward the completion of their BSN degree. Our program is designed to accommodate working nurses and their various schedules.

2. Will class times be convenient?

In general, classes meet one evening per week on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. The final two courses involve nurses in a practicum, which takes place in a community setting. Our nursing programs utilize the homeless shelters in Hartford, the Hartford schools, and other agencies or organizations that support underserved populations in the greater Hartford area. This community outreach has evolved into a program called Project Horizon.

3. What happens if I need to take a semester off?

We recognize that as adult learners, nurses have many competing responsibilities. Periodically, our students need to stop out for a semester or two to deal with a family situation or ease the pressure when assuming a new professional role. You are permitted to take up to a year-and-a-half leave from your program of study without having to reapply to the program.

4. Can I take some courses at a community college?

You may continue to take courses toward your BSN at your local community college. Many nurses prefer to do this, as it is often convenient to home or work. You will be expected to complete your final 30 credits at the University of Hartford. During that period of enrollment, you will not be permitted to take courses at another institution or to earn credits through CLEP, DANTES, etc. If you intend to complete prerequisite or general education courses at another institution, it is important that you do this early on in your program of study and obtain the approval of your faculty advisor.

5. How long will it take me to complete my BSN?

It will depend upon the number of general education courses you will need to complete your BSN. If you have completed all your general education requirements and prerequisite courses, you will complete the program over two years attending part-time. (A 3-year option is also available.)

Additional Information

Connecticut Community College Dual Admission Agreement

The University of Hartford participates in a dual admission agreement with the six Connecticut community colleges that offer the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ADN). The agreement facilitates continuing education for ADN graduates. If you are a graduate or current student in nursing at one of the nursing programs listed below, please review the dual admission agreement and the course comparison chart on page 5 of the agreement. The course comparison chart helps students match courses from the community college that fulfill University of Hartford requirements.

Capital Community College — Hartford

Gateway Community College — New Haven

Naugatuck Valley Community College — Waterbury

Northwestern Connecticut Community College — Winsted

Norwalk Community College — Norwalk

Three Rivers Community College — Norwich

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.

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

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

Estimated Per Semester Program Cost

Based on 2019-2020 University Tuition and Fees

(Excluding Graduation Fee)

Tuition: 6 credits x per credit rate ($530)

$3,180

Registration fee

$30

Technology fee

$96 ($25 summer)

Parking fee

$45 ($75 year)

Books, lab fees & miscellaneous supplies                                                       

Estimated about $300

Total semester estimate (6 credits)
   $3,651

Estimated Total Program Cost

Tuition: 30 credits x per credit rate ($530)

$15,900

Registration fee of $30 at each registration (x average of 5 registrations)

$150

Technology fee of $96 per semester (x average of 4 semesters)

Technology fee of $25 per summer (1 summer)

$409

Annual parking fee of $75 x academic years (2)

$150

Graduation fee

$208

Books, lab fees & miscellaneous supplies estimated at $150 per course x 10 courses

$1,500

Total estimated program expenses (30 credits)
$18,317

Program Contacts

Karen Lucas Breda
Associate Professor
Director of the RN to BSN Program in Nursing
Department of Health Sciences and Nursing
860.768.4477
breda@hartford.edu

Carla Fuller
Office Coordinator
860.768.4213
cfuller@hartford.edu

Accreditation

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: 202.887.6791. Information about the accreditation process is available at CCNE.

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