Dear MEIN Graduate,
Greetings from the School of Nursing at the University of Connecticut, where much has changed since you graduated from the MEIN program. I hope you are enjoying the professional rewards of your career in nursing, and have been able to adapt to the many changes in both the job market and in health care.
As you know, the MEIN program was created using the terminal objectives of our undergraduate program and the existing professional standards during the time of your enrollment. At the time of your program development, the certificate was deemed an appropriate entry into the profession. We are very aware of the changing expectations in the employment market and understand that the certificate you earned may not satisfy the emerging required educational component of a degree in nursing. As a result of this assessment, we have made arrangements for you to apply to receive a baccalaureate degree in nursing based on both the satisfactory completion of the MEIN program and completion of a UConn offered four credit online course. You must complete this course because the MEIN curriculum from your time does not meet our current degree requirements in 2012. The 4 credit on-line course will fill the gap and meet the current standards required for all baccalaureate degrees in nursing. The course will cost $1452 for 4 credits, plus the appropriate University fees, ($279 for fall and spring semesters, and approximately $45 for summer and winter terms). Fees may increase after spring semester, 2013 and you will be notified of any increases as soon as we become aware of them.
Timing is critical. For all MEIN graduates who completed degrees between 2003-2010, a year-long window of opportunity exists for you to apply and take the on-line course in Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014 or Spring 2014 to earn a UConn baccalaureate degree in nursing. To do so, you must complete the attached application, indicate your preferences for the semester you desire to enroll, which will be confirmed by the SON with a reserved seat (permission number), submit the payment (see application below), and complete the course. Upon successful completion of the course with a B- or better and a degree audit of both your MEIN courses and your prior baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, you will be awarded a baccalaureate degree in nursing at the end of the semester in which you take the course. To meet the anticipated demand, we will run multiple sections during Spring, 2013. There are no exceptions or waivers to this agreement nor is there UConn financial aid available for the course payment. Neither courses completed in other institutions nor experience will be accepted for this agreement. The window to accept this offer ends with the first day of courses in spring semester 2014, which is January 21, 2014. There can be no extensions.
Many people in the School of Nursing and in the University have worked hard to overcome the obstacles of granting a degree to students who were initially enrolled in a certificate, not a degree-granting program. I hope you will be pleased about this opportunity and that you will be able to take advantage of it in a timely manner so that your application can be processed and you can complete the course. Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity. Please share this information with other MEIN graduates to spread the word.
Regina M. Cusson PhD, NNP-BC, APRN, FAAN Dean and Professor
Once you return the form, you will receive, via email, written confirmation of the semester for which your seat is reserved, the exact fee and date due.
Payment is due 30 days PRIOR to the start of the first day of class. If payment is not received by the due date, the seat will be released to the next on the waiting list.
Please return to:
UConn School of Nursing
Enrollment and Admission Services
231 Glenbrook Rd. U-2026, Storrs CT 06269