Accelerated Second-Degree CEIN/BS Program Campuses: Storrs*Waterbury*Stamford*Avery Point
Accelerated Second-degree CEIN/BS is available at four UConn campuses: • • Avery Point (Groton, CT) (16 miles from RI) Stamford (< 10 miles from Westchester County NY) Storrs Waterbury
The UConn CEIN/BS Program … • An Accelerated Second-degree program. • Designed for those with a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field • Earn a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. • Recognizes achievement and previously earned credits • https: //youtu. be/cgzflus. RT 5 s
Ease the Nursing Shortage • Nurses are retiring • Increase in healthcare jobs • Rapidly aging population
More About The Program … • Program takes twelve months (full-time only). • Awarded a BS degree & a certificate in nursing • Eligible to take the NCLEX (the licensure examination for nurses in the United States). • Starts once per year in January • Applications accepted November to July 15 th • Rolling admissions
Why Choose UConn? • Since 2003, this program has graduated over 1, 500 students. • We are CCNE accredited • Our faculty develop outstanding mentoring relationships. • Graduate and student mentoring program • We have strong links with area facilities and community-based healthcare resources. • Excellent NCLEX pass rate • Valued by employers – Strong post-program employment rate
What is nursing? • Nursing’s Social Policy Statement: The Essence of the Profession: “Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (ANA, 2015, p. 1).
Nurses • Highly skilled caregivers • Nurses today have taken on new roles and expanded their responsibilities
Responsibilities: • Perform physical exams and health histories • Provide health promotion, counseling and education • Administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions • Interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions • Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals • Direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides • Conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes http: //www. nursingworld. org/Especially. For. You/What-is-Nursing/Tools-You-Need/RNs. APNs. html
Career Opportunities • They are endless…. . • You can work in hospitals, nursing homes, medical offices, clinics, schools, workplaces, specialized institutions, homeless shelters, prisons, sporting events, cruise ships, camps, the armed forces, home and community settings • Also work as forensic nurses, nurse health coaches, managers, counselors, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetist, educators, researchers, and many more options
Certificate Entry into Nursing Pre-Licensure Program Total of 45 credits • Starts once each year in January • 3 semesters - Spring, Summer, Fall • 45 didactic and clinical credits in basic nursing • 2 Mandatory Orientation Days in the fall prior to start date
Schedules • Classes - one day a week from 8: 30 am - 6 pm & some hybrid classes • Clinical hours: – 21 hours a week, not including preparation time – With exception of class day, any day of the week is a potential clinical day – Clinical times vary by group; 6: 00 a. m. -12: 00 Midnight • Clinical resource lab – one day a week in the Spring semester and then variable times throughout the rest of the year • Schedules are known 3 -4 weeks before each semester begins
Example of Schedule Sunday Prep time for clinical Monday Clinical – 9 hours Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Preparation for classes – 3+ hours per 1 credit Clinical Resource Lab Preparation for classes – 3+ hours per 1 credit NURS 4304 8 am to 12 pm Preparation for classes – 3+ hours per 1 credit Study group/ preparation time for classes and clinical Preparation for classes – 3+ hours per 1 credit 8: 30 am to 2: 30 pm NURS 4300 3 pm to 6 pm Saturday Clinical – 9 hours
Pre-Licensure Course Information First semester (Spring) NURS 4300– 3 credits: Pathopharmacology for Nursing Practice NURS 4304 – 12 credits: Health Assessment and Fundamentals of Nursing PRAXIS Second semester (Summer ) NURS 4301– 3 credits : Concepts & Theories of Nursing Practice NURS 4414 – 4 credits: Theory & Nursing Practice for Behavioral Health NURS 4424 – 4 credits: Theory & Nursing Practice Perinatal-Women’s Health NURS 4434 – 4 credits: Theory & Nursing Practice for Child Health Third semester (Fall) NURS 4544 – 4 credits: Theory & Nursing Practice for Community Health NURS 4554 – 8 credits: Theory & Nursing Practice for Acutely Ill Adults NURS 4305 – 3 credits: Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice
CEIN/BS Calendar • 2 Mandatory pre-program sessions: – Friday, second week in October in Storrs & 1 day in November at home campus – Pre-program work assigned • • • Program starts in January Spring break (1 week) Two weeks off – last week in April - first week of May Summer session starts beginning of May Two weeks off in August Fall semester starts last week of August Thanksgiving break – 1 week Graduation – mid-December Post-graduation – 3 -day live NCLEX review
Problem-Based Teaching and Learning • Nursing history • Disease science • Culture • Health assessment • Information technology • Nutrition • Patient safety • Pharmacology • Health care finance • Clinical science • Nursing theory • Nursing science • Nursing ethics – Independent / interdependent nursing actions • Leadership
Pedagogy • Problem based learning – Case studies – Interactive exercises • Clinical experiences • Simulated laboratories
What is Clinical? CCNE defines clinical practice experiences as planned learning activities in nursing practice that allow students to understand, perform, and refine professional competencies at the appropriate program level. Clinical practice experiences are not limited to clinical patient care settings. Clinical practice experience also refers to any nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes.
More on Clinical Experiences • Groups of 6 -8 students to 1 faculty • Increasing responsibility for total patient care • Technical as well as cognitive process • Thinking as well as doing • Beginning level practitioners
Clinical Experiences • Inpatient and outpatient • All age groups • Long term care, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, maternal/newborn settings, inpatient and well-visit pediatrics, hospitalized adults, community/public health, critical care
More on Schedules & Expectations • Guaranteed clinical placement • No guarantee of specific site or specific days or hours • Agencies can be within 75 miles of campus
Clinical Agencies • • • Apple Rehabilitation, Guilford Backus Home Health Care, Norwich Backus Hospital, Norwich Camp Harkness, Waterford Camp Horizons, South Windham CCMC, Hartford CT Valley Hospital, Middletown Department of Corrections Evergreen Rehabilitation, Stafford Springs Greater Bridgeport Mental Health, Bridgeport Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich Griffin Hospital, Derby • • • Harrington Court, Colchester Hartford Hospital, Hartford Hospital for Special Care, New Britain Institute of Living, Hartford Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London Manchester Memorial Hospital, Manchester Masonicare, various locations Middlesex Hospital, Middletown Mt Sinai Behavioral Health, Hartford Natchaug Hospital, Mansfield
Clinical Agencies • • • Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk Outpatient centers Rockville General Hospital, Vernon St. Francis Hospital, Hartford St. Joseph’s Living Center, Windham St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury Stamford Hospital, Stamford Staywell Health Center, Waterbury The Hospital of Central CT, New Britain UConn Health Center, Farmington UConn Soccer Camp, Storrs • • VA CT Health System, West Hartford Visiting Nursing Associations (VNAs) Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury Westfield Rehabilitation, Meriden Westport Behavioral Health, Westport Health Department, Westport Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven And More!
To think about…Graduate Tracks • Master’s Specialty Tracks – – – Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Neonatal Acute Care Clinical Nurse Leader • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – BS to DNP • Ph. D (Ph. D in Nursing) – BS to Ph. D
BS to DNP … BS to Ph. D • Please see website at www. nursing. uconn. edu • Ph. D – Full-time 4 years; Part-time 6 years • DNP – Full-time 2 years; Part-time 3+ years
Admission Requirements • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3. 0 or better • Required science courses (grades of B or better) • B- will not be accepted. • Undergraduate statistics course (grade C or better) • Official transcripts of ALL colleges/universities attended • Current curriculum vitae/resume • Three references (at least one academic and one professional – no personal references) • TOEFL/IBT exam & foreign transcript analysis - if applicable
New Information about Prerequisite Courses! • Starting with the Class of 2019 • All prerequisite courses except for Genetics must be taken within 8 years of application to the program. • (Human) Genetics must be taken within 5 years of application to the program • For example: For a student applying to the Class of 2020, a Genetics course could be taken in 2014 or more recently. A Biology course could be taken in 2011 or more recently.
Required Science Courses Prerequisites B or better in college level courses (B- will not be accepted) – Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with “in person” labs – Chemistry with “in-person” lab – Biology (no lab required, however Biology with a lab may be a prerequisite for A&P) – Microbiology (no lab required) – Human Genetics (no lab required)
If you are not sure if a course is acceptable: • Check our “Accepted Courses” list on the CEIN/BS website • See http: //transfer. uconn. edu/search. php • E-mail cein@uconn. edu with: – Where you took/are taking the course – The course number and name – The course description and/or a link to the course – The course syllabus may be required
Human Anatomy and Physiology: 8 credits total • A & P I and A & P II (8 credits total with labs) • Labs can NOT be online • If there are separate grades for the class and lab portion, you have to earn at least a “B” or better in both class and lab (the grades will not be averaged by the CEIN/BS Admission Committee). • Content must be human anatomy and physiology, not animal A & P. • Must be taken within the last 8 years
Chemistry: 4 credits • Lab is required and can NOT be online • If there are separate grades for the class and lab portion, you must earn at least a “B” or better in both class and lab (the grades will not be averaged by the CEIN/BS Admission Committee). • The content must be at least the equivalent of CHEM 1122 at UConn: Brief but comprehensive survey of important chemical theories and applications of chemistry. Preparation for onesemester courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry. Atomic structures, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter, and theories of solutions. • Must be taken within the last 8 years
Biology: 3 -4 credits • No lab is required, but many are linked with a lab. Bio with lab can be an A&P prerequisite • If there are separate grades for the class and the lab, you have to achieve a “B” or better in the class grade. The lab grade will not be recorded by the CEIN/BS Admissions Committee. • If a course is not on our list, the content needs to be the equivalent of BIOL 1107 at UConn. • Topics covered should include molecular and cell biology, animal anatomy and physiology. • Must be taken within the last 8 years
Microbiology: 3 -4 credits • No lab is required, but most courses do have lab • Required microbiology content: – Biology of microorganisms, especially bacteria. Includes: cellular structure, physiology, genetics, and interactions with higher forms of life and/or includes the structure, function, growth and transmission of viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and helminths as well as vectors of pathogenic agents. • If there are separate grades for the class and the lab, you have to achieve a “B” or better in the class grade. The lab grade will not be recorded by the CEIN/BS Admissions Committee. • Must be taken within the last 8 years
(Human) Genetics: 3 -4 credits • No lab required, but some courses do have a lab • Must be taken within the last 5 years • This course can be taken online (even if it has a “lab” component). • The content focus has to be human genetics. • If there are separate grades for the class and the lab, you have to achieve a “B” or better in the class grade. The lab grade will not be recorded by the CEIN/BS Admissions Committee.
Statistics: 3 -4 credits • C or better in college level courses • (C- will not be accepted) • Must be the equivalent of STAT 1000 Q or 1100 Q at UConn. Example: Standard and nonparametric approaches to statistical analysis; exploratory data analysis, elementary probability, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, one- and two-sample procedures, regression and correlation. Learning to do statistical analysis on a personal computer is an integral part of the course. • Must be taken within the last 8 years
Computer and Writing Literacy Requirements / Expectations • Computer and information literacy • Writing literacy is required • A laptop with wireless capability is required for the program
TOEFL Exam • Permanent residents of the United States who attended English-speaking US schools beginning in the 9 th grade (and through 4 years of college) are waived from this requirement. • Applicants born and educated in an English-speaking country, such as Canada (except Quebec Province), Australia, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland & New Zealand are usually waived from taking the TOEFL IBT exam. However in countries where dialects are often spoken a TOEFL IBT will be required. • Passing scores are as follows - 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. Must be taken within last 2 years! • Upload an official copy of your scores to CAS • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated
Letters of Recommendation (References) • Three letters of recommendation are required (at least one academic and one professional) • No personal recommendations are reviewed. • Should address your background, independence, perseverance, potential for academic success, ability to balance academic workload, flexibility, potential as a nurse, and ability to successfully work independently and in groups. • Please follow directions on the nursing Centralized Admissions Service (CAS) site • Start early – these can take time to complete.
Write a Personal Statement • In addition to questions & answers in CAS… • Tell us about yourself. • Talk about why you want to be a nurse and what influenced your decision. • Write about qualities you have that will contribute to your success in the program, and in nursing. • Relate some of your work & life experiences to nursing. • Describe your short and long-term goals. • Suggested length - about 500 to 1000 words.
You’re Ready to Apply! • Apply online using the Nursing CAS system: http: //www. nursingcas. org/ • Allow extra time for references and transcripts! • Pay application fee to CAS - $50. 00 • Submit a separate application fee of $75. 00 directly to UConn School of Nursing. • Make check payable to UConn School of Nursing. • Mail to: – UConn School of Nursing – Storrs Hall – AES Office, CEIN/BS Program – 231 Glenbrook Road, Unit #4026 – Storrs, CT 06269 -4026
More about Admissions… • Submit all college transcripts to CAS so that your academic record can be evaluated. • After submitting your application, check back to make sure that transcripts have been uploaded and references completed. • Missing documents will prevent review of your application! • Admissions applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting in February. • The earlier you apply, the greater the chance that you will have your first campus choice. • Plan to have your application ready by July 15 th
What about Prerequisite Courses? • Applicants may have 1 or 2 prerequisites left to take when applying. For July applicants, up to 4 prerequisite courses may be outstanding as long as grades for 2 prerequisite summer courses will be submitted in August. • Submit proof of enrollment for any outstanding prerequisites by uploading documentation into the “Applicant Uploaded Documents” section in CAS. • Proof of enrollment can be a Bursar’s receipt or a screen shot of your course schedule. • Must be completed by December prior to the January start. • Once a prerequisite class is completed an official transcript must be uploaded to CAS or sent directly to the AES office at the UConn School of Nursing.
Example… • If you are taking 2 prerequisite summer classes that will not be finished until the end of August, and still have 2 prerequisite fall classes to take. • Submit application by July 15 th with proof of enrollment for all 4 of these classes. • Upload a letter of explanation with proof of enrollment for all classes. • Application will be held for review until final grades for 2 summer classes are submitted to the AES office and uploaded to CAS.
Application Submission • Applications are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Admission Service. • http: //www. nursingcas. org/ • For prerequisites that are not completed, upload proof of registration for courses & submit course grades when completed (by December before program start). • CAS takes several weeks to verify an application. Once verified it is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. This process can take up to 6 weeks.
How to Submit Transcripts • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning showing evidence of prior degrees and other courses completed, must be sent directly to Nursing. CAS for processing. • Request transcripts to be mailed from the Registrar’s office of the school attended to Nursing. CAS at the following address: • Nursing. CAS Transcript Processing PO Box 9201 Watertown, MA 02471 • Electronic transcripts sent via Parchment or Credential Solutions only are also acceptable
Non-refundable Deposit • Upon acceptance to the CEIN/BS program, payment of $1, 000. deposit is required • This deposit will be applied to first semester’s tuition.
Financial Aid • Considered a 5 th year student (not a graduate student). Must fill out FAFSA form for the Spring semester, and a second FAFSA for the Summer & Fall semesters. • https: //financialaid. uconn. edu/cein/ • Some scholarships are available – Specific to CEIN/BS • You can learn about eligibility for these scholarships and for financial aid on our web site. – Scholarship opportunities are also sent to you via email once you are admitted to the program
Program Costs • $39, 000 for 2021 – not including University fees, equipment, uniforms, books, travel, criminal background checks, other miscellaneous costs. Tuition is the same in or out-of-state! • Non-refundable deposit $1, 000. applied to tuition. • University fees – set by UConn • Equipment & Uniforms cost approximately $320 • Personal equipment – stethoscope, BP cuff, penlight, etc. • Only approved uniforms may be worn • Equipment fee $75. 00 – spring semester only • Books cost approximately $1900+ for the program • Parking at UConn – approximately $110/year • Travel & parking at clinical sites – parking fees site dependent • Could be as high as $4, 872. for parking & travel to clinical sites • Criminal background checks, fingerprinting, drug screening, etc. (additional cost) - $135 to $310 • Reliable transportation required to attend varied clinical sites!
University Fees – Spring & Fall Semester Fee Storrs Waterbury Stamford Avery Point Infrastructure fee $234. Transit fee $80. $20. Technology fee $75. Total $389. $329.
Additional Info about University Fees • CEIN/BS students do not pay the Activity Fee and General University Fee. • This means that students do not contribute to Student Health Services and the Student Recreation Center. • If you wish to use the Student Recreation Center – must sign up and pay directly at the center.
• • • Requirements prior to Beginning Coursework Certification in CPR from American Heart Assoc. as a healthcare provider A criminal background check (instructions provided during orientation day). A criminal record may prevent placement. Additional background checks as required by certain agencies Drug testing & possible fingerprinting; Drug testing may be repeated during the academic year based on agency 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 the findings of a required drug screening prevent you from being placed in a clinical agency for your experience, you will not be able to complete the nursing program. If you have any concerns about your current prescriptions in relation to securing a clinical placement, please contact your health care provider. Meet health requirements.
Health Requirements completed by October 1, 2019 for Jan 2020 start: • Physical Exam within 12 months of start date. • Proof of vaccination: – Tdap (within 10 years) – Flu Vaccine (August or later) – Hepatitis B – dose series & a titer that is positive for immunity is required* – Polio – 3 or 4 dose series (OR Booster OR positive titer) – *2 -step test - tuberculosis (PPD) OR blood test such as Quantiferon Gold test. Chest x-ray for positive reactors. • Blood drawn for titers for: (& re-vaccination if negative for immunity) – MMR [measles (rubeola), mumps, rubella] – Varicella (Chicken pox) – Hepatitis B* • Any additional tests required by affiliated agencies • Suggested: meningococcal vaccine • Health form: https: //nursing. uconn. edu/wpcontent/uploads/sites/939/2014/12/Clinical-Rotation-Health. Review-NURS. pdf
Hepatitis B • Must submit a titer that shows positive immunity to Hepatitis B • Options: • If titer is negative, get a booster and check immunity again in 6 weeks. • If titer is negative after booster, continue with collapsed vaccination schedule – please call amelia. hinchliffe@uconn. edu for information. • This process can take up to 5 months! • Don’t wait to get started – a delay could prevent you from starting the program!
Mandatory Orientations for CEIN/BS • Two full-day orientations • First or second Friday in October at the Storrs campus (all campuses combined) • At Regional Campus as scheduled in November or December
Frequently Asked Questions • How competitive is the program? • Can you attend part-time? • Can you work during the program? • Does UConn provide housing?
Accelerated Nursing Programs: Talk with your family and arrange time for you to immerse in your studies. • Family support is vital for your success. • You may need to study elsewhere (library, reading room, etc. ).
Need More Information? Admissions and Enrollment Services Phone: (860) 486 -1937 Fax: (860) 486 -0001 Email: CEIN@uconn. edu For questions about Health Requirements: