Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the UConn School of Nursing!

For 77 years we have served the citizens of Connecticut and the world by educating nurses dedicated to advancing the health of individuals and communities.

Home to five nursing degree programs – the Bachelor of Science (BS), the Certificate Entry into Nursing (CEIN/BS), the Master of Science (MS) (Adult Gerontological Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner tracks), the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – our interprofessional curricula stress innovation, leadership, scholarship, evidence-based practice and research. This year our DNP program celebrates its 10th anniversary and our PhD, its 25th! Online certificate programs in Holistic Nursing, Pain Management, Health Professions Education, and Healthcare Innovation (January 2020) and our Long-term Healthcare Management Certificate, in partnership with the School of Business, provide other avenues for study and professional development.

Here you will find a rich environment for your professional growth. While innovation and a focus on learning science are at the heart of our mission, we remain true to the vision of service and leadership instilled by our founding dean, Carolyn Ladd Widmer. The School and the University offer unparalleled opportunities for you to develop as an innovator and an entrepreneur. At the only public, research-intensive institution in the state, our students have unrivaled opportunities to work with researchers in the areas of pain, maternal-child health, aging, and chronic disease prevention and management, including exploration of the genetic basis for disease and the role of the microbiome.

Our Center for Advancement in Managing Pain and our National Institutes of Health-funded P20 Center for Accelerating Precision Pain Self-Management (CAPPS-M) are supported by a new biobehavioral lab that offers unique educational experiences for students across all levels of study. We are in the process of relocating the International Center for Life Story Innovations and Practice (ICLIP) to Storrs. Our commitment to advancing nursing practice and scholarship is supported by our Center for Nursing Scholarship and Innovation. Our dedication to innovation and interprofessional collaboration could not be better exemplified than through our team at Analytics and Information Management Solutions (AIMS). AIMS is working with the State of Connecticut’s Office of Health Strategy and the State Innovation Model program to design and implement the state’s Core Data Analytics Solution, an innovative approach to develop ways of making data useful to a range of health care providers, institutions, and consumers in order to foster informed decision-making.

Here you will find opportunities for study abroad, as well as work within our local communities through the Urban Service Track, a unique interdisciplinary program where students in the Schools of Nursing, Social Work, Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Pharmacy, work with underserved populations. Strong clinical partnerships, across the state and beyond, including John Dempsey Hospital at UConn Health in Farmington, provide exceptional learning opportunities, including internships for our students. A recently funded HRSA grant, “Primary Care NPs Caring for Underserved Populations – An Innovative Clinical-Academic Partnership to Enhance NP Preparation for Practice (PCNP CUPS)” will enhance expertise for managing the behavioral health needs in the primary care setting through collaboration with Community Health Centers, Inc., Generations Connecticut, and Community Health Centers, Inc. These clinical sites are an integral part of our team of 48 full-time faculty, 165 adjunct faculty, 17 staff and more than 8,000 alumni/ae who are dedicated to your individual growth and professional excellence.

We invite you to join us on a nursing journey of caring, innovation, and advocacy.


Deborah A. Chyun, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Dean & Professor

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Deborah A. Chyun, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Dean and Professor
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