University of Hartford Nursing School Review

In 1957, three schools merged to become the University of Hartford (U of H). The school has grown from a commuter college to a large residential university serving the Hartford community. The University of Hartford enrolls over 7000 students each semester, and offers over 80 undergraduate and over 30 graduate majors.

Nursing Programs

Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This program is for the RN who wishes to earn their BSN degree and further their nursing education. The BSN program does not accept freshmen. This part time program is designed to meet the needs of working students. Classes are offered once a week in late afternoon or evening. Students are also encouraged to take equivalent courses at community colleges when convenient. However, they will need to take their final 30 credits at University of Hartford.

Students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing may transfer into the University of Hartford. They will be granted 60 credits or more toward their BSN program. This program generally takes students two to three years to complete.

To be eligible to apply, students must have a current RN license and have earned a C grade or higher in all previous nursing classes.

Master of Science (MS) in Nursing

The MS in Nursing program has three areas of focus, listed below. To be eligible to apply, students must have a BSN degree from an accredited institution, a current RN license or be eligible for one, and one year of RN work experience. They must also submit their professional goals and a resume, letters of recommendation, and have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

MS in Nursing – Nursing Education Focus

This program is designed for nurses who wish to pursue a career in education. The focus is on curriculum development and theories of learning and teaching. Students may take this flexible, 34 credit course of study part time while they continue working. Most students complete the program in two to four years.

MS in Nursing – Nursing Management Focus

The Nursing Management program is for nurse leaders and managers who work in acute and long term care facilities. The program requires 34 credits to complete, and focuses on leadership and administration as it pertains to nursing. The program may be personalized for each student to fit their goals, and generally takes two to four years to complete.

MS in Nursing – Public Health Focus

This program is for nurses who have roles in public health departments, global health care, and a variety of school and occupational health settings. Graduates focus on public health care policy and theory. This is a 34 credit program that takes from two to four years to complete, depending on how many classes students wish to take at one time. The program may be personalized to fit each student’s career goals.

Post Masters Certificate in Teaching for Nurses

This is a 12 credit program to train nurses as confident nurse educators. Students in this program already have an MS degree in Nursing, and are interested in becoming faculty at a nursing school or educating a specific patient population. This program may be started in either the fall or spring semester.

Project Horizon

This community outreach project is part of the Center for Health, Care and Well-Being. Nursing students have been offering health and education services to schools, neighborhood agencies and the homeless for over 25 years.

Volunteers give four to six hours per week and attend a class focused on cultural issues, diversity, and family values.

University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

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