Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. We will accept online lab courses for Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I, and Anatomy & Physiology II through Spring 2022.
  2. Bachelor’s degree, attained by August at the latest, of the year in which the applicant is applying to the CEIN program (with undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred)
  3. An official transcript showing degree conferral is required before the application can be reviewed by the faculty committee.  Holding a bachelor’s degree is required before applying to a second degree program
  4. Required courses, with B or better grades in each (a B- or below is not accepted), taken within eight years of enrollment:
    • Anatomy and Physiology, I and II: 8 credits
      (PNB 2264 & 2265 or equivalent; CT Community College BIO 211 & 212; University of Phoenix BIO 290 & BIO 291)
    • Chemistry: 4 credits
      (CHEM 1122 or equivalent; CT Community College CHEM 111, 121, or 122; University of Phoenix CHEM 150 & CHEM 151)
    • Biology (no lab required): 3 credits
      (BIO 1107 or equivalent; CT Community College BIO 121)
    • Microbiology (no lab required): 3-4 credits
      (MCB 2610 or equivalent; CT Community College BIO 235)
    • Genetics (no lab required): 3-4 credits (within 5 years of enrollment)
      (MCB 2400, 2410 or equivalent; CT Community College BIO 260)
    • Undergraduate Statistics Course
      (STAT 1000Q, 1100Q, or equivalent; CT Community College MATH 167 0r MATH 165) grade of C or better (a C- is not accepted)
  5. Application Review to establish competency in the sciences and other indicators of potential for success in the program.

        Outstanding Prerequisites

        Applicants to the 2023 cohort may have up to 3 outstanding prerequisite courses when they submit their application. Proof of enrollment in these classes MUST be uploaded to your application. Proof of enrollment can be a picture of your registration, a Bursar's receipt, or a transcript showing the course name, semester, and your name. Applicants can take 2-3 prerequisite courses in the Summer of 2022 but can take no more than 1 prerequisite courses in the Fall 2022 semester. All prerequisite courses MUST be completed and official transcripts submitted by December 31, 2022, in order to begin the program in January 2023.

        Additional requirements for foreign-born or -educated applicants

        A TOEFL (IBT) exam is required if you were born or educated outside of the United States of America. Permanent residents of the United States who attended English speaking U.S. schools beginning in the 9th grade are waived from this requirement. Applicants born in English-speaking countries where non-standard varieties of English are primarily spoken must are not waived from this requirement. Applicants born in the following countries are also waived from this requirement: Australia, Canada (except Quebec Province), New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States.

        TOEFL Exam

        A total score of 92 with the following breakdown: a minimum of 26 in both the listening and speaking sections and a minimum of 20 in both the reading and writing sections. Please have an official copy of your scores sent to the School of Nursing at this address. These scores need to be submitted before your application can be reviewed. The TOEFL exam must be taken within 2 years of the date of application.

        Duolingo English Test

        We require at least a score of 115. Scores must be sent directly to Heather Spottiswoode at These scores need to be submitted before your application can be reviewed. The Duolingo English Test must be taken within 2 years of the date of application.

        Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts

        All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited agency to determine United States equivalencies for degrees and diplomas earned abroad.

        VA Education Benefits

        CEIN has been approved for VA education benefits, retroactive to January 2010.

        Health Requirements

        The following must be completed 6 months prior to beginning coursework. Students who fail to provide written documentation that they have met the stated health requirements will not be allowed to start in the program. Faculty reserve the right to recommend a student’s withdrawal from the program for reasons of health. Please contact UConn's Office of Clinical Placement Coordination with health compliance questions or concerns.

        • Certification in CPR from the American Heart Association's Basic Life Support (BLS) course (Qualifying courses include adult/child/infant one and two man rescuer which must use AED and requires skills demonstration)
        • Health of Students: In addition to pre-entrance University requirements, students admitted to the School of Nursing must present evidence of the following 3 months prior to start of program:
          • Tdap immunization within the past 10 years
          • Four doses of poliomyelitis vaccine administered before age 8, positive Polio titer, or adult Polio booster
          • Annual Seasonal Influenza vaccination
          • Physical examination dated within 12 months
          • Annual Tuberculosis testing (either IGRA/BAMT blood test or two-step Mantoux PPD); annual chest x-ray for positive reactors
          • Titers showing positive immunity to the following (re-vaccination and repeat titer required if primary titer is negative):
            • Rubeola (Measles),
            • Mumps
            • Rubella,
            • Varicella
            • Hepatitis B
          • Any other tests required by affiliating agencies.
        • A criminal background check and drug testing are required. Fingerprinting may also be required.

        Clinical Requirements

        Nursing students are required to complete a series of clinical learning experiences in order to successfully meet the learning outcomes of their program of study. Prior to participating in clinical learning experiences, students are required to meet specific compliance criteria, including but not limited to, American Heart Association certification for Healthcare Providers, health and immunization requirements, a criminal background check, and a drug test by certain published deadlines. Student are responsible for covering the costs for these requirements.

        PLEASE NOTE: The School of Nursing cannot guarantee that a student will be accepted into any required clinical placement sites if the student cannot meet the compliance requirements. Use of drugs, prescribed or otherwise, may create a risk of being denied a clinical placement. This includes, but is not limited to, prescribed medical marijuana or opiates. If you have concerns about prescribed medications, please reach out to your healthcare provider. The results of a criminal background check or drug screening may prevent a student from completing a clinical placement.

        If a student is not accepted to an assigned placement because of their health or immunization status or the findings of a background check or drug screen, the UConn School of Nursing does not guarantee an alternate clinical placement. If the findings of a required screening prevent you from being placed in a clinical agency for your experience, you will not be able to complete the nursing program. Failure to complete all required clinical activities will prevent a student from graduating from the School of Nursing and School of Nursing policy dictates that students who are unable to complete clinical requirements for any reason will be subject to dismissal from the program.

        If you have questions or concerns about potential results from either a background check or drug screening please contact the University Clinical Case Manager at 860-486-8850 or who can discuss the University policy and process for screenings with you.

        The process of obtaining a nursing license in Connecticut and many other states may involve consideration of an applicant’s criminal history or other conduct (see Connecticut license application). Criminal convictions and/or a record of certain other conduct may prevent a nursing student/graduate from being licensed and may preclude the nursing graduate from obtaining gainful employment as a nurse. Applicants to UConn School of Nursing are encouraged to determine, prior to matriculation, the licensure requirements in the state(s) in which they intend to practice.