The Department of Nursing offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree with tracks in Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Leader. In addition, postmaster's certificate programs for all tracks are offered for professional nurses who already hold a master's degree in nursing. The Master's program at SCSU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20035, (202) 887-6791.
Nursing faculty at Southern Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University have collaboratively developed a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Nursing Education -- the only one of its kind in the state of Connecticut and one of few across the country uniquely designed to prepare nurses for academic faculty roles. Visit the Ed.D. program website for more information.
Both the Nurse Educator and the Family Nurse Practitioner tracks consist of 45-48 credits divided among the following areas: core course, 24 credits; role preparation, 18 credits; and either thesis advisement, 6 credits or special project, 3 credits. The Family Nurse Practitioner certificate is 27 credits. The Nurse Educator certificate is 9 credits. The Clinical Nurse Leader track consists of 42 credits (24 credit core, 12 credits of clinical courses and a thesis or special project). Students have the option of completing either a thesis or special project to complete program requirement. Students in post master's programs do not complete a thesis or special project.
Interested candidates should click here (FAQs) to read more about the MSN program at Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, all admissions forms required to complete your application are found here (Checklist, MSN Essay, MSN Recommendations). Applicants must complete the Graduate School application FIRST. Transcripts from all schools previously attended will be required by the Graduate School. Completing this step generates an ID number the applicant then uses to track the application materials and allows the student to register for classes. Prospective students should also submit the following to the School of Graduate Studies: A copy of a current CT nursing license, 2 letters of reference (one professional and one academic), a completed essay and an interview. Letters of reference must be on official letterhead. Applicants are advised to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Nursing, Dr. Cynthia O'Sullivan, for help with questions and to plan a course of study. Dr. O'Sullivan may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 392-6486.
Taking MSN Classes as a non-matriculated student
Interested candidates may take 3 (3 credit) non-clinical courses in the MSN program as a non-matriculated student. If a prospective student is unsure whether to pursue the MSN or which track to pursue, the student may register online for a core class. (Core classes are required for all students in the MSN program who are working toward the degree.) It is expected and necessary for each student to complete the full application process to become a matriculated student before the 3 courses have been completed. A student is not officially in the MSN program until the student is matriculated. Post-master's degree students are not required to complete the core courses but must show verification of having taken graduate nursing courses in patho-physiology, pharmacology, and advanced health assessment.