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Central Connecticut State University

Department of Nursing

New Britain, CT


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Central Connecticut State University



Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), founded in 1849 as the New Britain Normal School, is the state’s first publicly funded institution of higher learning. Its original mission was to train teachers and became known as the Teachers College of Connecticut in 1933. This reflected the school’s transformation into a four-year degree granting institution. The name changed once again in 1953 to Central Connecticut State College and in 1955, the Graduate School was founded. In 1983, the school became a comprehensive regional university known by its current name.

The Department of Nursing was founded in November of 1981, and today it offers not only undergraduate degrees but also a Master of Science in Nursing – Hospice and Palliative Care, in which coursework can be pursued exclusively online. This program is designed to meet the needs of working professional nurses, who might otherwise lack the time and availability to pursue a graduate degree in an on-campus setting.

The highest standards

As is true throughout all of CCSU, the Department of Nursing is committed to helping each and every student to reach the pinnacle of personal growth, public service and professional achievement. For the department’s faculty, this means not only imparting essential skills and knowledge but also promoting social awareness and a global perspective. They want to equip their students to be able to provide the most effective and compassionate care possible to those who are facing some of life’s most difficult and challenging circumstances.

Nursing in theory and practice

CCSU’s MS in Nursing – Hospice and Palliative Care is the first of its kind in the region. This fully online, 35-credit program works on the cohort model to educate nurses in both theory and practice on how to deliver holistic end-of-life and chronic care to patients and their support networks.  The practicum and capstone courses are arranged within the student’s location to advance education and professional experience.

The core curriculum includes:

  • Theory of Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Global Policy and Ethical Issues in Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Pathophysiology and Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • Nursing Leadership, Management and Inter-Professional Collaboration
  • Emerging Best Practices and Research in Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Comparative Domestic Delivery Systems and Informatics
  • Current Pharmacology and Complementary Therapies in Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Nursing Practicum
  • Nursing Capstone

The goals of the program are several. Upon graduation, its students should be prepared to:

  • Respond to emerging healthcare challenges using appropriate theories
  • Apply ethical analysis and clinical reasoning to advanced nursing care delivery
  • Influence healthcare policy to advocate for patients and the community
  • Use quality processes and improvement science to evaluate care and ensure patient safety
  • Determine appropriate application of interventions across all populations affected by end-of life and chronic care
  • Incorporate skills and knowledge into effective evaluation, planning and implementation for hospice and palliative care practice
  • Collaborate inter-professionally and utilize informatics to improve quality of care
  • Integrate scholarship and leadership skills into nursing practice
  • Meet the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Masters Education in Nursing

Accessible and Affordable

Because the program is offered almost entirely online (with the exception of the Practicum and Capstone courses), it is readily accessible to virtually anyone who meets the program admissions requirements. These include a bachelor’s degree – preferably a BSN in Nursing – from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning, and RN license, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale and a 3.00 GPA in any and all post-baccalaureate coursework.

Classes in the graduate program are also affordable, with a $685 cost per credit for in-state students and a $767 cost per credit for out-of-state students. For those requiring financial aid, CampusRN has $15,000 in available scholarship.

Opportunities for career advancement

Those who attain CCSU’s Master of Science in Nursing – Hospice and Palliative Care degree will be well-prepared to boost their careers in meaningful ways. Graduates are eligible for certification by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Center (NHPCC), meaning that they possess the skills and knowledge to advance in clinical nursing positions and position themselves for leadership opportunities.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Hospice and palliative care

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required
Nursing capstone


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7, essay, letter of reference, minimum grade of C+ in an undergraduate statistics course

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Recommended IELTS Paper score: 6.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 0%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 100%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 0%


Male (0%)
Female (100%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 2
Part-time - 0

Location & Contact

Address 1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT  06050-4010
United States
Contact Dr. Catherine Thomas
Acting Chair
Phone: 860-832-0032