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UConn's Certificate Entry into Nursing (CEIN BS) Program


What is the CEIN BS program?

The one-year Certificate Entry into Nursing (CEIN BS) program is designed to:

  • Provide an opportunity to be a Registered Nurse (RN) in an efficient and focused manner for those with a bachelor’s degree in another field;
  • Recognize achievement and previously earned credits;
  • Progress to specialization rapidly; and
  • Ease the nursing shortage.

What is the completion time?

The pre-licensure portion of the program requires 12 months of full-time study. The CEIN BS program from initial entry through completion of the master’s degree level takes approximately three years.

What is the outcome after graduating from the program?

Upon the successful completion of the one-year pre-licensure portion of the CEIN BS program, the student is:

  • Awarded a certificate in nursing;
  • Eligible to take the NCLEX (the RN licensure exam); and
  • Poised to begin the graduate degree program.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Bachelors degree in a non-nursing field from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4 point scale)
  • B or better in basic chemistry, basic biology, microbiology, human genetics and two semesters of human anatomy & physiology
  • Human genetics must be completed within the last 5 years; all other science prerequisites have no time restrictions
  • Click here for class equivalents at Eastern

What do I do if I do not have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better?

  • Meet with a program advisor (call 860-486-1968 to schedule an appointment)
  • The grades earned in the science prerequisites MUST be at a B or better regardless of overall GPA

How and when do I apply?

  • Online. Click here to go to current application.
  • As soon as you are able to establish your place in the que
  • Application fees must be submitted at the time of the application in order to be entered into the system

Where can I take the prerequisites?

Any accredited college or community college

  • CLEP exams are available if you believe you have the prerequisite content but have not taken a course or do not have the necessary GPA (Click here for a list of CLEP exams available through Eastern)

Is financial aid available?

  • Yes, mainly through private loans
  • Apply as a NONDEGREE student

What is the cost?

The certificate portion of the process costs $22,500 plus books, uniforms & travel (for 2009)

  • Books cost approximately $750 per semester
  • Uniforms cost approximately $250
  • Travel & parking costs approximately $300 per semester (depending on location)

Where will I be able to work after I pass the NCLEX?

  • Any place that hires individuals with RN license
  • Hospitals, community agencies, long term care facilities, occupational health settings, airlines

How competitive is the program?

  • 32 students per year are admitted to the Storrs site
  • 32 students per year are admitted to the Waterbury site
  • 16 students per year are admitted to the Stamford site (2009)
  • Approximately 150 applications received annually

When are admission decisions made?

  • January, June and August of each year
  • Applications must be complete prior to an admission decision rendered

Are provisional admissions possible?

All courses must be complete PRIOR to an admission decision UNLESS:

  • you are moving to CT specifically for the CEIN BS program OR
  • you are applying for the Stamford class

May I work during the program?

  • We highly recommend not working as the program requires 9 hours of class and 21 hours of clinical per week without preparation, study or travel time.
  • Clinical placements are guaranteed but we are not able to work around anything other than course schedule (assignments are done randomly)

Can I take classes part time?

  • The certificate program is FULL TIME
  • Graduate study may be completed on a part time basis

Where are classes and clinicals?

  • Storrs Campus
    • Class day – Mondays
    • Clinical day possibilities: Tuesday through Sunday 6 am – 12 midnight
  • Waterbury Campus
    • Class day – Fridays
    • Clinical day possibilities: Saturday through Thursday 6 am – 12 midnight
  • Stamford Campus
    • Class day- Fridays
    • Clinical day possibilities: Saturday through Thursday 6 am – 12 midnight

Information sessions

  • Held regularly throughout calendar year
  • Check UConn's nursing website for most current information or call 860-486-1968


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