HCC Offering RN/Nursing Master’s Degree Prep Program
Unique Among CT Community Colleges

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College next semester is offering a new program designed to help students in their efforts to obtain a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Connecticut.

HCC’s new RN/master’s prep program, open to students with or working towards a bachelor’s degree, offers the opportunity to complete the prerequisites for entry into the UCONN’s one-year accelerated Registered Nurse program, known as the Master’s Entry into Nursing (MbEIN) program.  Qualified graduates of that program are automatically accepted into UCONN’s master’s degree in Nursing program. 

“The HCC program is designed to give students the opportunity to complete all eight prerequisite courses here at Housatonic,” said Prof. Kathleen Toedt, who put together the program. “The full package of prerequisites isn’t offered at UCONN’s Waterbury or Stamford campuses and Housatonic is the only community college in the state that offers it.”

The eight prerequisites for the program are Principles of Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Genetics, and Microbiology. To be eligible for the UCONN programs, students must have a B or better in each course.

Other prerequisites include undergraduate statistics and undergraduate research methods. Students must get a C or better in these courses.

“Aside from Genetics, which must have been completed within the previous five years, there are no time restrictions on when the other science prerequisites must be completed,” Toedt said.

To be admitted into the MbEIN program, students must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate  GPA, which may have been earned in any discipline. Those who complete the MbEIN program with a 3.0 are automatically admitted into UCONN’s master’s degree in Nursing program.

HCC’s RN/master’s prep program gives students coming to HCC a second way to pursue a nursing career. The college also offers an associate’s degree in Nursing in conjunction with Bridgeport Hospital.

For more information on the program, contact Dr. Toedt at Registration for the Spring semester is going on now. In-person registration will be conducted Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 22; by fax, mail, or dropping off a registration form and payment information in the drop box in Lafayette Hall through Jan. 15, or online at through Jan. 25.

Formal registration sessions will be held Thurs., Jan. 7, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; and Tues., Jan. 12, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Late registration sessions will be held Tues., Jan. 19, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Thurs., Jan. 21, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held Thurs., Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to noon. Classes start Friday, Jan. 22.

For more information, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203-332-5088.