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Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing

Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing
The Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) is a three-year full-time course of study that combines preparation in basic nursing with advanced preparation in an evidence-based clinical specialty.  

The first year of the program of study is designed to provide a solid foundation in basic nursing theory, nursing process, biological science, nutrition, and pharmacology. This content is reinforced by clinical experience in medical- surgical, pediatric, psychiatric–mental health, maternal-newborn, and community health nursing settings. The curriculum also includes a course that addresses current issues in nursing and health care and health assessment.

Upon completion of the prespecialty year, the student moves into a clinical specialty and continues with the study of relevant nursing theory, practice, and research. Students are admitted into a designated specialty when accepted into the program. Any change in the choice of specialty is made only with the approval of the specialty directors and the associate dean for academic affairs.

The Certificate in Nursing is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses and experiences in the prespecialty year and in the first term of specialization, but is not intended as an exit point. The Certificate in Nursing satisfies Connecticut
General Statutes requirements, allowing the student to become eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination–Registered Nurse (NCLEX–RN). Students are required to take the NCLEX–RN by July 1 following completion of the first specialty
year. The Certificate in Nursing and a license to practice nursing in Connecticut are two prerequisites for enrollment in the final year of study to earn the M.S.N. degree.

Courses may be elected from those offered by the School of Nursing, the Graduate School, and other professional schools within the University.

The First Year of the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing

Download the Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing Plan of Study (.pdf)


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