L.Wagner Chair, Barnard 324; S. Bochain, S. Christensen, M. Coleman, J. Espelin, M. Levvis, N. Peer (Dept. phone: 860-832-0032)

Department Overview

The department offers two programs leading to a bachelor's degree in nursing: 1) an RN to BSN program for registered nurses who have an associate or diploma degree in nursing and 2) a generic BSN program. Both programs are designed to prepare a liberally educated person to function as a professional nurse in a variety of roles and health care settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to be professionally competent generalists in nursing who recognize the need for continued personal and professional development throughout life and who possess the educational background for post-baccalaureate study in nursing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The generic BSN program is designed for first time students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. The program begins with a pre-nursing year. Admission to the major occurs in the spring of the first year. The remaining three years comprise the nursing major. Graduates of the generic BSN program are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards examination in nursing (NCLEX) for licensure as registered nurses.


Clinical Experience

Background Check


All students in nursing programs are required to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in clinical experiences. Students are responsible for the cost of the background check and will be provided with the necessary consent forms and other documents needed to conduct it. As part of the background check, students may need to be fingerprinted. Students who fail to pass the background check may be unable to complete their chosen degree program at Central Connecticut State University. The University is not responsible for a student’s inability to complete their chosen degree program.


Health Requirements


Students newly accepted into the program must complete the following information regarding Health and Liability Insurance Policies to begin classes:

Submit to the Department of Nursing by August 1st a current CPR certification.

1.         Physical examination: A complete physical examination is required and should be conducted in the summer months. A statement of good health and verification of the exam must be submitted each year prior to the first day of the fall semester

2.         Tuberculosis: A yearly tuberculin skin test (Mantoux type) is required.

3.         Immunity status: Students must present evidence of having immunity through blood titer levels for the following diseases:

                  a)         Varicella

                  b)         Rubella

                  c)         Measles (Rubeola)

                  d)         Mumps

                  e)         Hepatitis B (or provide evidence of receiving 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccination or documentation of refusal of the vaccine).

4.         Evidence of the tetanus/diphtheria immunization within the past 10 years.

Medication Calculation Test


A written Math for Medication Administration test is administered in the first week of the semester of both the junior and senior year. Calculators are permitted. If a student does not pass the exam with a grade of 100% after 3 attempts, the student will be ineligible to begin the clinical course that semester and will need to withdraw from the course. Remediation will be available to students who do not pass the test on the first and second attempts.




Students are personally responsible for all transportation to and from their clinical laboratory experiences. A variety of clinical experiences are necessary to meet the educational needs of nursing students in practice areas. Clinical placement is based on course objectives and the availability of clinical sites. Students may be required to travel up to one hour from campus when attending clinical experiences and are responsible for any parking and gasoline costs. There may be evening or weekend clinical rotations that need to be scheduled. The Department of Nursing retains the right to place and schedule students in appropriate settings.


Retention Policy


1.         Once admitted to the nursing program:

                  a.         Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all courses required for the major (all NRSE courses and all related requirements) each semester;

                  b.         Must achieve a C+ or better in each nursing course; and

                  c.         Must earn a grade of “C” or better in the following courses: BMS 216, CHEM 152, EXS 207, EXS 208.

2.         If any of the circumstances listed above occur, the student will be placed on departmental probation. The following conditions will apply:        

                  a.         Students must meet with their academic adviser and the Department Standards Committee to develop a plan of action;        

                  b.         A student is permitted two semester of probationary status prior to dismissal from the program;

                  c.         When the student earns a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher, the student will return to departmental good standing.

3.         Nursing courses may be repeated only once.

4.         Students who achieve below a C+ in a nursing course may repeat the course once.

Two nursing course failures will result in academic dismissal from the program.

5.         Clinical experiences are graded pass/fail. A student must receive a passing grade in clinical in order to receive a passing grade in the course. If a student fails the clinical component, they fail the entire course. If they fail the theoretical component, they fail the entire course and must repeat both the theoretical and clinical component.


Revocation of Admission to the Professional Program


1.         The following occurrences result in academic dismissal from the Department of Nursing:

                  a.         C or below in any two nursing courses in the nursing program;

                  b.         C or below in the same nursing course more than once.

2.         Once dismissed from the program, students may not reapply.




Major in Nursing, B.S.N. (130 credits)

Minor in Gerontology












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