School of Professional Studies

Nursing Department

Message from Chair of Nursing Department


The 2022 Application to the Nursing Program is closed.

Jeanette H. (Bjurback) Lupinacci, Ed.D, RN

Jeanette Lupinacci, Ed.D, RN Chair, Department of Nursing


Western Connecticut State University Department of Nursing (WCSU) welcomes new and returning students, and our community partners to a new academic year. The Department of Nursing prides itself in creating a learning environment that prepares students for a challenging career in nursing. The Nursing Faculty are experts in their fields, with advanced professional degrees from leading educational institutions, as well as specialty certification where appropriate.

We offer four areas of study in nursing: Undergraduate, RN to BS, Masters and Doctoral Studies, allowing for a comprehensive interactive curriculum, engaged learners, emphasis on critical thinking and promoting professionalism in nursing practice. WCSU offers small class sizes and accessible faculty. Our faculty connect with students, which allows for professional dialogue both in the classroom and clinical settings.The WCSU Doctoral Program holds a partnership with Southern Connecticut State University. The fifth cohort starts in the Fall 2020. This program is designed to prepare future nursing faculty for higher education settings. These courses are offered online with a residency requirement once a year.

RN to BS and Masters Programs offer online and hybrid classes.

The Baccalaureate Degree and Master’s Degree Programs in nursing are accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE) 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The Department of Nursing was last accredited in 2018.

We welcome you to explore our nursing and see the dynamic progressive education WCSU has to offer.

Learn more about our undergraduate program:

Goals of Nursing at Western Connecticut State University

The Department of Nursing’s mission is to provide a nursing education that is aimed at preparing beginning & advanced practice nurses to meet the ever-changing health care needs of Connecticut and the surrounding region. This can be achieved through:

  • A dynamic curriculum that is responsive to students and community needs;
  • Clinical competence, scholarship and research;
  • Service to the university, the public and the profession;
  • Accommodation of diverse values and interests;
  • A commitment to a caring culture




Current News and Events

Required background checks, vaccination, drug testing and fingerprinting 

Due to the requirement by clinical sites in Connecticut, nursing students are required to complete background checks, vaccinations, drug testing and fingerprinting prior to beginning a clinical experience.

Admission to Graduate Program

Applications for acceptance into WCSU’s Master in Nursing is on a rolling schedule.