UConn’s School of Nursing has a timeless commitment to wellness and works to provide the exceptional education needed to succeed in this rapidly evolving profession. For over a half century, the University of Connecticut School of Nursing (SON) has prepared professional nurses who have gone onto provide leadership at state, national and international levels. Grounded in the arts, sciences, and humanities, the School of Nursing, as an integral part of the University of Connecticut, is committed to provide nursing education at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, certificate and continuing education levels.
What is special about UConn School of Nursing?
- It is the Flagship University of the Connecticut System nestled in the rolling hills of northeast Connecticut.
- It is ranked in the Top 25 National Public Universities, and is the only Research Public University in New England.
- Its University of Connecticut Health Center in nearby Farmington provides unlimited opportunities for intra- and inter-disciplinary collaboration.
- The UConn School of Nursing’s expanding support for research programs assists with faculty and student grant development.
- The UConn Libraries System holdings are 2.5 million volumes with continually expanding Electronic Databases.
- Researchers will be delighted to find the archives and book collection of Virginia Henderson, internationally renowned Nurse Scholar, in the Thomas Dodd Research Center.
- The Josephine Dolan Collection is housed on the second floor of Storrs Hall, with rotating exhibits containing nursing memorabilia honoring the past, informing the present, and enlightening the future.
- It is the home of Huskymania and student/athlete champions.
Educational requirements for eligibility to apply for licensure varies from state to state. It is the responsibility of each prospective applicant and student to know the educational requirements in the state for which you plan to apply for licensure. For an overview of whether the program curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure by state, please click here.
Public Health Initiative at UConn
The Public Health Initiative is an effort to cultivate collaboration among faculty and students across the University. A broad range of established academic programs at the University of Connecticut perform relevant public health work. Most have strong research and outreach programs that work within communities statewide. These outreach and research efforts provide training for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Bachelor of Science (BS)
The Bachelor of Science degree provides a combination of a general education with professional preparation for nursing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the CT State Board of Nurse Examiners. The curriculum requires four academic years. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive the Bachelor of Science degree and are eligible for examination for licensure as registered nurses.
Current UConn Students who want to apply to change their major to nursing must complete the Petition application. Applications are accepted from November 1st to February 1st each year for admission for the following fall. A motivational statement is required from all applicants stating why they wish to change to nursing. For more specific information to go the University Catalog. Further Information on changing your major, click here.
"I chose UConn to study nursing because of its reputation and the opportunities I was sure it would present me with. I was impressed with the cutting edge technology, especially the simulation labs. I became confident that the university had the resources needed to give me the experience every nurse needs. Already my experiences in the UConn School of Nursing have exceeded my expectations and instilled in me a passion for nursing.”
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. program in nursing prepares nurse leaders who will advance the scientific body of knowledge that is unique to professional nursing practice. Educational experiences are offered in nursing theory development, in philosophy of nursing science, in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and in advanced statistics. Study in a specialty area further supports the individuals area of research interest.
“The doctoral program at UConn School of Nursing differs from other programs because of the rigorous training in multiple research methods. While some programs are known for one specific methodology or another, UConn’s program requires mastery of multiple qualitative and quantitative research methods. I completed the program with a new conviction that we are much more likely to approach the “truth” by answering important research questions in a series of studies based on different methodologies. I had the privilege to choose a method—Yin’s multiple case-study method—that previously had not been investigated by a doctoral candidate at SON. I very much appreciate the expert guidance from my committee members.”
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides a terminal degree in nursing practice for those currently engaged in advanced practice, offering an alternative to doctoral programs focused on the science of research.
“Although I’ve profited greatly by my scholarly research, I preferred that my nursing career be defined by my clinical practice. This made the UConn DNP program the perfect choice for me.”
CEIN/BS Accelerated Second Degree Program
Certificate Entry Into Nursing is an accelerated pre-licensure program for those with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field.
“The CEIN/BS program gave me education and training that led to a rewarding career change. When I was ready to return to UConn to earn my master’s of science in nursing, the application process was easy. The field of nursing is full of opportunity. UConn’s CEIN program was intense and required a high degree of motivation. But it was worth it.”
Master of Science (MS)
The Master of Science program prepares students for the Clinical Nurse Leader Role, as a generalist or for advanced practice, with several options for specialization. All of the options can be pursued by RN’s without baccalaureate degrees or those with degrees in other fields through the RN to MS program. Please read our Master's Program Applicants FAQ here.
“The cutting edge information you receive from the UConn professors is information you can trust and immediately apply. The nursing school continually challenges me.”