We turn passions into professions.
In the College of ENHP, our singular focus is helping you become the teacher, nurse, or health professional you’ve imagined. Our curriculum and fieldwork are designed with one goal in mind - to prepare you for the professional certification or graduate study you need to launch a successful career.
With 94 percent of our class of 2017 working or pursuing continuing education within six months of graduation, we know how to help our students succeed. And 95 percent reported they were working in a field directly related to their major.
At the graduate level, our programs will prepare you to advance to higher-level positions in your profession. Our alumni are working as school principals, superintendents, nursing directors, clinical directors, and hospital administrators.
Focused on your success
Real-world training is a vital part of our programs. Seventy-five percent of the class of 2017 participated in an off-campus learning experience - internships, clinical placements, or student teaching. And 33 percent were offered a full-time job by their internship employer.
In addition to clinical placements, our students receive an array of career preparation services, from resume writing and interview coaching to graduate school advising. The Pre-Medicine Advising program helps students maximize their chances of successful entry into professional programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry and other health professions.
ENHP students have many opportunities to conduct research with faculty members and attend professional conferences, which builds your resume and makes you attractive to potential employers or graduate programs.
And the University of Hartford’s small class sizes allow our faculty to get to know you personally and advise you on internships, research opportunities and clinical programs that match your skills and career goals.
The University of Hartford’s education programs prepare you to become a confident, versatile, creative teacher. Our programs weave together coursework, clinical experiences, and preparation for Praxis exams to help students successfully obtain State of Connecticut certification. Here are a few examples:
- You’ll begin classroom training the first semester of your first year. You’ll have a supervised program at a local school or early childhood center so you gain real-world experience right away.
- As you continue through the program, you’ll have classroom observation and experience every year, culminating in student teaching assignments during your senior year with one of our 55 partner schools throughout the state.
- You can increase your marketability with our bachelor’s degree in Integrated Elementary and Special Education. This program enables you to earn two Connecticut certifications in four years, which gives you many more employment options.
- Our Montessori concentration programs prepare students for in-demand careers as Montessori teachers. We have the only program where you can earn a bachelor’s degree, an internationally recognized Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma, and state teacher certification in four years.
Mikayla Pascucci ‘18, special education teacher at CREC Academy of Science and Innovation, New Britain, Conn.
Some of my friends who went through other education programs are working as paraprofessionals this year, because they need more time before they feel comfortable leading a classroom. But I feel comfortable teaching every day. The University of Hartford really prepared me well for where I am now.”
A partial list of where our 2016 graduates are working (undergraduate and graduate):
Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School
Ansonia Public Schools
Boston Public Schools
Bristol Preschool Child Care Center
Brookfield Public Schools
Capital Community College
Connecticut Technical High Schools
Coventry Public Schools
Gateway Community College
Global Academy International
Hartford Board of Education
Hartford Public Schools
Jumoke Academy Honors
New Britain Public Schools
Newington Public Schools
Regional District 6 - Wamogo High School
South Windsor Schools
Southern Connecticut State University
Waterbury Board of Education
West Hartford Public Schools
Women’s League Child Development Center
Many of our graduates have advanced to senior leadership positions in education:
Barbara Beaudin, C, Associate Commissioner (retired), Connecticut State Department of Education, Division of Assessment, Research and Technology
Mark Benigni, EdD, Superintendent, Meriden Public Schools
Lisa Eells, 6th-Yr Cert, Principal, Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School, Bloomfield
Steven Minkler, BA, MA, EdD, Dean of Academic Affairs and Lead Campus Administrator, Middlesex Community College
Marisol Aponte Ostrov, EdD, Director - Health Services, Central Connecticut State University
William Perez, EdD, Chief - Fire Department, University of Connecticut
James Thompson, Jr., MA, Superintendent, Bloomfield Public Schools
Danielle Wilken, EdD, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Goodwin College
Health Professions Preparation
The University of Hartford has extensive clinical opportunities with leading hospitals and healthcare facilities across the state and region. These clinical programs will give you a breadth of hands-on experiences to prepare you for a successful start in your profession.
Here are just a few examples:
Students in our respiratory care program begin clinical rotations during their sophomore year at one of our 12 affiliate partner institutions, which include Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and UConn John Dempsey Hospital. Rotations include neonatal, pediatric, adult critical care, and long-term care. In addition to gaining real-world experience, these clinical rotations help you expand your professional network and increase your marketability after graduation.
Our program enables you to earn your professional credential in radiography and gain a second credential in advanced imaging (CT, MRI, or sonography), which makes you highly attractive to potential employers. Beginning in the second year, students participate in clinical rotations at our affiliate partners, including major hospitals such as Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, and private imaging offices.
Through our partnership with the Hanger Clinic, students in our Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program gain hands-on experience learning to design, fabricate, and fit prostheses and orthoses for patients who have lost limbs or have other disabling conditions of the limbs and spine. This level of professional preparation results in a high level of placements in residency positions throughout the country.
Stephanie Agudelo ‘15, Radiologic Technology
Clinical rotations every semester are excellent for experience. I learned something new from every site that has helped me professionally in my present job. Working closely with a variety of different technologists has helped broaden my capacity to pick up new ways of doing things quickly and easily.”
A partial list of where our 2016 graduates are working:Apple Rehab
Baystate Medical Center
Braintree Rehab Hospital
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Valley Hospital
CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Eastern Connecticut Health Network
Hospital for Special Care
Independence Physical Therapy
Johnson Memorial Medical Center
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Midstate Medical Center
New England Orthotic and Prosthetic Systems
Radiology Associates of Hartford
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
The Hospital of Central Connecticut
University of Connecticut Health Center
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Many of our graduates have advanced to senior leadership positions in health care:
Pamela Manor, MSN ‘10
Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester
Bobbi McNeil, BS '94
Director, Imaging Services, Hartford Hospital (retired)
Jeannine Nonaillada, BS ‘01
Assistant Dean, Faculty Development and Mentoring, New York University Winthrop Hospital;
Assistant Professor, Clinical Family, Population & Preventative Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Lisa O’Connor, BS ‘95, MSN ‘98, EdD ‘06
Dean of the School of Nursing, Quinnipiac University
Maria Tackett, EdD '10
Nursing Director, Professional Practice, Hartford Hospital