Monica Sousa, Ed.D, ACNS-BC, MSN, APRN
Western’s Nursing begins in a student’s second-year sequence, or the student’s sophomore year. This provides the students with three full years of nursing courses. We offer smaller class sizes and faculty are readily accessible to students. Western’s nursing department has affiliations with many health care agencies in the greater Danbury,Waterbury and New Haven areas. WCSU nursing has one of the highest pass rates for the NCLEX in Connecticut. Our graduates have gone on to be very successful in many areas of nursing and are sought after by many employers in Connecticut.
Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions regarding our program.
The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program) at Western Connecticut State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S)
Students who graduate with a B.S. degree in Nursing from Western will possess the following learning outcomes. They will be able to:
Synthesize knowledge from the arts, sciences, and humanities with nursing theory as the basis for making nursing proactive decisions.
Exercise critical thinking in using the nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate the care provided to individuals, families and communities.
Apply the nursing process to design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic nursing interventions to provide preventive, curative, supportive, and restorative care for individuals, families, and communities in both structures and unstructured settings, using a variety of techniques.
Use a variety of communication techniques, including written documentation, in the process of assessment, counseling, and therapeutic interventions with individual clients, families, groups and communities.
Develop and implement a variety of teaching-learning strategies in the provision of health teaching for individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings.
Use the process of scientific inquiry and research findings to improve nursing care delivery.
Manage information, human resources, and material resources to achieve optimum client outcomes in a cost-effective manner.
Use leadership, management, and collaborative skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team within the health care delivery system to develop implement, and evaluate health care provided to clients.
Exercise independent judgment and ethical decision-making, and act as an advocate for consumers of health care services.
Demonstrate accountability in learning and in nursing actions, based on accepted standards of nursing care and in accordance of professional nursing practice.
In evaluating students for acceptance into the nursing program, the following criteria are used:
Students must earn at least a C+ in the four science prerequisite courses (BIO 105, BIO 106, CHE 120, and CHE 121) for consideration of acceptance. Sciences may not be more than 5 years old. Consistent with the university admission requirements, preference is given to those candidates who, in the judgment of the DON, have academic and personal qualifications with the greatest potential for program success.
Applicants must have successfully completed or be enrolled in the following courses:
Students newly accepted into the program must adhere to the Health Policies of the DON. The following information must be submitted on or before June 1 prior to starting nursing classes.
Students without documentation of health requirements and/or CPR certification will not be allowed to participate in clinical experiences.
Transfer students coming into the University must first apply to the Admissions Department and must meet the same standards listed above. University students wishing to change their major to Nursing must apply to the DON for admission to the Nursing major and must meet the same requirements as pre-nursing students. Please refer to the above criteria.