Requirements—Entry Level

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Applications are due by September 30th for classes beginning the following May.

To qualify for an interview, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Current unrestricted licensure as a registered professional nurse in one of the fifty states. Note: you must obtain a Connecticut RN license in order to begin the clinical phase.
  2. Minimum of one year of nursing experience by the application deadline, in a critical care setting such as medical or surgical ICU, or other areas deemed appropriate by the Admissions Committee. Critical care is defined as regular hands-on care of patients with life threatening pathophysiology, invasive lines, e.g. pulmonary artery catheters and arterial lines, ventilators; continuous ECG monitoring and interpretation, vaso-active infusions. In general, Emergency Department is not considered critical care.
  3. Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ACLS) and CCRN certification is required. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is highly recommended.
  4. One of the following degrees is required:
    a. Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing
    b. Baccalaureate Degree in another science that the Admissions Committee deems appropriate.
  5. Prior to application, the applicant should have taken the following science courses as a minimum, with grades of B or better:
    a. 2 semesters of chemistry: 1 semester inorganic/general and 1 semester organic/biochemistry
    b. 2 semesters of human anatomy and physiology
    c. 1 semester of microbiology
    Pre-requisite science coursework that is greater than 7-10 years old, must be supplemented with refresher courses at either the undergraduate or graduate level. (Please call the Program Director with individual concerns).
  6.  Requirements for admission to the Graduate School at CCSU include a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  7. At least three professional reference letters, utilizing our form [see pdf link below]. One should be from a current supervisor.
  8. A personal interview with the Admissions Committee. Note: interviews are granted only to qualified applicants who meet or exceed the above pre-requisites.
  9. GRE (within the past 5 years) are required for all entry level applicants.
    Application Fee: $ 100.00

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2017 -Reference Form