School of Professional Studies

Nursing Department : RN to BS Program in Nursing

Letter to Prospective Students

Dear Registered Nurse:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the degree-completion program at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) at Waterbury.  I am sending information that will help you to get started on your studies with us. WCSU offers courses for the RN-BS program at the Waterbury (Naugatuck Valley Community College) campus. Faculty teaching in the program are members of WCSU’s faculty from the Department of Nursing.

Our program builds on nurses’ previous nursing education and respects the knowledge they have developed in their practice experiences.  The two clinical experiences required for the degree (NUR 330, Nursing in the Community and NUR 375, Professional Nursing Role Development) are designed in collaboration with instructors to ensure an enriching experience that will augment each nurse’s current nursing expertise in the clinical area.  The Human Health Experience and Nursing Practice (NUR 336) introduces concepts in holistic nursing practice and Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Nursing Practice (NUR 322) expand knowledge in the ever-changing field of pharmacology and diagnostic modalities.  Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in courses offered through WCSU, including 28 semester hours of required NUR labeled courses, in order to receive a degree from the university.

This packet contains the following information:

  • General information concerning the RN-BS program, which answers frequently asked questions
  • A self-advisement guide, which will help you in selecting initial courses if you wish to register before meeting with an advisor
  • RN-BS program worksheet, outlining all degree requirements which you may use to record your progress toward the degree, including transfer credit
  • Course descriptions for Nursing courses in the RN-BS program

Faculty members are available for advisement during the academic year as well as throughout the summer to answer your questions.  For an appointment to review your transcripts contact Nicole Kullberg at .  For further information on Western at Waterbury, contact our secretary, Catherine Langellotti at 203-596-8777,


Barbara Piscopo, Ed.D, RN
Department of Nursing
RN-BS Coordinator