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Program Description

Graduates of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing undergraduate program are liberally educated with a strong background in the humanities and sciences. In the simulated laboratory students learn and practice physical assessment skills, general management and technical skills for patients across the lifespan, and interprofessional leadership skills. In the last four semesters students have their clinical experiences in a variety of settings.

The School of Nursing is affiliated with approximately 60 to 70 health care agencies within a 60-mile radius of the Storrs campus. These include hospitals such as the UConn Health Center, schools, day care centers, housing for the elderly, extended care facilities, community health agencies, ambulatory centers, and clinics. In addition to being with patients in the clinical setting, time is devoted to conferences with instructors and peers to discuss patient care experiences.

In the clinical areas, students are placed in small groups which are guided by expert nurse faculty. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the University of Connecticut and are eligible to take the NCLEX licensure examination. Educated to be generalists, new graduates of this program work as beginning level practitioners in the broad spectrum of health care agencies. Each graduate has the necessary academic foundation to pursue graduate school [in advanced nursing practice and research/science].

Marianne Snyder, PhD, MSN, RN
Director, CEIN/BS Accelerated and Traditional Undergraduate Programs


The objectives of the undergraduate program are the ability to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the arts, sciences , humanities, and the discipline of nursing into the practice of nursing.
  • Demonstrate professional comportment and related skills needed to practice safely, artfully, responsibly and accountably within caring, legal, ethical and professional parameters
  • Evaluate personal systems in relation to those values espoused by the profession at large.
  • Design, organize and/or deliver and continuously improve safe health care for individuals, families and/or community using health information technology and all ways of knowing.
  • Demonstrate initiative and self-direction generated by a spirit of inquiry with integrity.
  • Compassionately address human, fiscal and physical resource demands for provision of high value health care with teamwork and collaboration
  • Formulate and articulate a philosophy of nursing that incorporates praxis, caring and knowing.
  • Collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to advocate for and to optimize the health of all members of society by responding to emerging health care challenges.
  • Think, reason, and select or partner for the creation of evidenced-based solutions to address variations in health and health care as experienced by individuals and groups.
  • Integrate research methods to support best current evidence, clinical expertise, and patient/family preferences and values in order to deliver optimal patient-centered health care.