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Master's Entry into Nursing (MEIN)

Master's Entry into Nursing (MEIN) - Accelerated Pre-Licensure Program

This program is designed for those with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. The MEIN program from initial entry through completion of Master's degree level takes approximately three years. Upon the successful completion of the one-year MEIN program, the student is awarded a certificate in basic nursing and is eligible to take the NCLEX (the RN licensure exam). Those who complete the program with 45 credits at a B grade or better are guaranteed admission to the Graduate School for further study.

Now offered on Stamford, Waterbury and Storrs campuses. Our Avery Point site will open in January 2011.   

The new expansion of our MEIN program to the Waterbury and Stamford campuses was announced as a key strategy in efforts to stem the nursing shortage. UConn School of Nursing Advisory Board Chairperson, Elizabeth Beaudin, explained the urgency of our State’s shortage. (11-28-07) View video

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Purpose and Program Objectives

The Master's Entry into Nursing (MEIN) 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
  • Ease the nursing shortage

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online Application Form
  • Bachelor’s degree with undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better  
  • Required science courses (B or better grades in each): 
    Anatomy and Physiology (PNB 2264 & 2265 or equivalent; CT Community College BIO 211 & 212): 8 credits
    Chemistry (CHEM 1122 or equivalent; CT Community College CHEM 111): 3 - 4 credits
    Biology (BIO 1107 or equivalent; CT Community College BIO 121): 3 credits
    Genetics (MCB 2400 or equivalent; CT Community College BIO 260): 3 - 4 credits (within 5 years of enrollment)
    Microbiology (NURS 3110 or equivalent; CT Community College BIO 235): 3 - 4 credits 
  • Undergraduate statistics course (CT Community College MATH 165) with a grade of C or better
  • Undergraduate research course with a grade of C or better
  • Portfolio review will be completed to establish competency in the sciences and other indicators of potential for success in the program.
  • Admission review will be completed three times per year (January, June and August) for seats in the following January class.

Application is made initially to the pre-licensure phase of the program by completing the Application Form on the web and submitting to the School of nursing the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning showing evidence of prior degrees, and other courses completed
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume 
  • Three letters of reference that address your background, perseverance, potential for academic success, potential as a nurse, and ability to successfully work independently and in groups

Application fee of $50.00 is payable to "UConn School of Nursing". The cost for the 2010 program is $22,625.

PLEASE NOTE: The certificate portion of the MEIN program does not qualify for a VA waiver. For additional veteran benefit information go to or visit your local VA Office. 

Requirements prior to beginning coursework

  1. Certification in CPR as professional rescuer
  2. Health of Students: In addition to pre-entrance University requirements, students admitted to the School of Nursing must present evidence of the following prior to clinical experiences: tetanus immunization within the past ten years; one poliomyelitis booster following initial immunization; physical examination; tuberculin test (with chest x-ray for positive reactors); rubella, rubeola, hepatitis B titers (with vaccine if titer is negative); and varicella titer and any other tests required by affiliating agencies. Students who fail to provide written documentation that they have met the above stated health requirements will not be allowed in the clinical areas. Faculty reserve the right to recommend a student's withdrawal from the program for reasons of health.


The pre-licensure portion of the program consists of 45 credits of clinical and related didactic experiences (outlined below). This portion of the program is completed in one calendar year of full-time study beginning each January. The program features problem-based teaching and learning and includes components of history, culture, setting data, clinical science, nursing science, independent-dependent-interdependent nursing actions, disease science, health care finance and ethics. The 45-credit program includes 9 credits of graduate work transferable to the graduate program at UConn.

Upon successful completion of the pre-licensure sequence, students will be qualified to take the NCLEX exam and may then apply to the graduate school and the masters program. For details concerning the master's options, go to the MS Program [ms.html] website.


The pre-licensure courses are offered as follows:

First semester (Spring)

Nursing 5011: Nursing Theories & Patterns of Knowing - 3 credits

This survey course introduces the student to the art and science of nursing practice. It explores the historical, empirical, ethical, esthetical, and personal knowing aspects of nursing praxis. The legal, educational, regulatory and financial world of nursing is examined. The major theorists influencing the development and advancement of the profession are explored.

Nursing 4392: Health Assessment & Fundamentals of Nursing Praxis - 12 credits

This course utilizes a combination of didactic and laboratory methods to explore all realms of health assessment (inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation) and introduces learners to the technological skills necessary for safe nursing practice: vital signs, activities of daily living, medication administration, wound healing and dressing changes, tubes and lines, safety and isolation precautions, and routine monitoring. Patient populations are adults in sub-acute and chronic settings. The course will address the nursing science, clinical science and disease science as appropriate to the assessment and skills.

Second semester (Summer)

Nursing 5020: Statistical Methods in Nursing - 3 credits

Quantitative procedures including descriptive and inferential statistics, nonparametric approaches to data and parametric analyses through factorial analysis of variance.

Nursing 4491: Nursing Across the Lifespan I - 12 credits

This course is a problem-based learning course examining issues in both parent-child health and community health. The nursing care of three major populations are explored: parents of childbearing and childrearing age, children, and clients in the community (wellness care and morbidity care in the home). The course will explore the major health and illness problems associated with these populations and incorporate clinical science, nursing science, and disease science knowledge appropriate to them. Major concepts of birth, wellness, prevention, grief and grieving, and chronicity will be explored. Settings will include but are not limited to hospitals, clinics, and homes.

Third semester (Fall)

Nursing 5030: Nursing Research for Advanced Practice - 3 credits

Analysis of qualitative and quantitative methods employed to answer questions in nursing practice. Emphasis on problem identification; design principles; and accessing, analyzing, disseminating and utilizing research.

Nursing 4592: Nursing Across the Lifespan II - 12 credits

This course examines the major health and illness issues with adults through a problem-based learning approach. Primary areas of focus are acute care and psychiatric mental health nursing. Hospitals and community centers are the primary areas of practice although students may also follow clients in their homes, long term care facilities, or other residential facilities. Major concepts of infection, coping, grief and grieving, loss, aeration/oxygenation, communication, and circulation are addressed.


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