The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions has a long-standing commitment to preparing professionals for service to the community. Our roots in the Greater Hartford area are deep, as demonstrated by the many partnerships with education, health, and community organizations we have built and nurtured over the years. Our mission’s emphasis on preparing teachers, promoters of well-being, and leaders grounds us in a rich past and leads us toward our future. External affiliations are the key to integrating health and education science with community engagement.
The three departments of the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions form an academic unit that provides students with a comprehensive educational experience. Faculty members employ resources and facilities both on campus and within the community to offer baccalaureate programs in the service-oriented professions of education, health science, nursing, radiologic technology, and respiratory care.
Faculty members within the college hold professional and graduate-level degrees and have extensive practical experience. The small-class environment, combined with a personal advising and counseling system, allows each student to prepare successfully for a career in a chosen service-oriented profession.
Programs within the college are accredited through the appropriate nationally recognized agencies (see Accreditation and Memberships ) and use a wide variety of resources to provide the student with outstanding educational experiences. Programs integrate classroom study and practical experience.
General requirements and procedures for admission are given in Admission of Students .
Each department within the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions has its own admission requirements. Refer to department information for specifics.
Each department within the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions has its own GPA standards. Refer to department information for specifics. Students are expected to meet or exceed cumulative grade point average (GPA) and credit-hour requirements. Falling below these standards will result in academic probation.
For an overview of the University-wide Honors program and specific program requirements for ENHP students, see Special Academic Opportunities .
The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions offers programs of study leading to the following undergraduate degrees: Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The requirements include three components: general education requirements for all baccalaureate degree candidates, including the All-University Curriculum ; courses in a major area of specialization; and a number of elective courses.
All-University Curriculum (AUC)
Each student completes a minimum of one course in four of the following five categories. Each department will determine which categories are required for its students.
The AUC is described in detail in All-University Curriculum .
Living in a Scientific and Technological World (AUCT) [3-4] (Health Sciences students do not take AUCT courses)
Living in a Cultural Context: Western Heritage (AUCW) 
Living in a Cultural Context: Other Cultures (AUCC) 
Living Responsively to the Arts (AUCA) 
Living in a Social Context (AUCS) 
Transfer students will meet the AUC credit requirements, in accordance with the following guidelines:
||AUC courses required
|Fewer than 23
|More than 53
Students enrolled in the Department of Education must take at least one-half of their required AUC courses for a letter grade.
Intercollege transfers will be evaluated on an individual program basis for AUC requirements.
The Department of Education offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. The Department of Education’s Integrated Elementary Education/Special Education Bachelor of Science program allows students to become certified in both elementary education and special education.
A Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Mathematics is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Department of Health Sciences and Nursing offers an Associate in Science degree program in Health Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs in Health Science, Nursing, Respiratory Care, Radiologic Technology, and Health Science for Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Osteopathic Medicine, Pre-Pharmacology, and Pre-Podiatry. The Nursing degree is an upper-level program designed for nurses who currently hold the registered nurse (RN) license.
The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences offers a health science degree that leads to either a Doctor of Physical Therapy or a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
A minor program is available in education (see Teacher Education Minor ). Interested students should consult an advisor in the Department of Education. An minor in health sciences is also available (see Health Science Minor ).
In addition to credits required in general education and the major, students complete any remaining credits in unrestricted electives. They may, however, take no more than two courses in physical education for credit from courses that are labeled as PE 110 and/or PE 111 . Other academic courses in physical education may be taken for credit with the approval of the advisor and course instructor, or as part of a planned program.
Institute for Translational Research
The Institute for Translational Research in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions was chartered by the University in 2010 and serves as a college-wide umbrella for collaborative research activities by faculty and students as well as their community partners. The institute promotes academic excellence through relevant, community-engaging research and scholarship. Specific initiatives take full advantage of collaborations with two anchor partners that reflect the college’s dual focus, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Hartford Public Schools, in addition to a broad range of other health and education institutions. Translational investigation-those that are designed to “translate” scientific results into relevant outcomes and invite constituent communities to inform science’s directions-are conducted through three distinct but integrated content centers that reflect the college’s disciplinary foci: the Center for Health, Care, and Well-being; the Center for Learning and Professional Education; and the Center for Leadership in Education and Health.
Teaching and Research Spaces Affiliated with the Institute for Translational Research
The Institute for Translational Research’s Technology and Inquiry Laboratory houses state of the art equipment to create a supportive environment for students and faculty to engage in innovative learning, teaching, and scholarly activities. For example, with the use of interactive technologies, recordings of students engaging in professional practice training can be captured and shared.
The Esphyr Slobodkina Reading Room was donated to the University by Esphyr Slobodkina, Children’s author, illustrator, and artist. It provides a flexible space for children to read and be read to, for university students and faculty to interact on literacy course content and research, and for university and community members to discuss contemporary issues in elementary and early childhood education, especially those concerning reading and literacy.
The Clinical Simulation Resource Center utilizes realistic life-simulating equipment to model, experience, and study clinical practice scenarios in a safe, supportive, and non-threatening learning environment. These experiences promote mastery of complex technical skills and procedures and develop critical thinking skills that are needed by future clinicians in areas such as physical therapy, respiratory care, and nursing.
Public Magnet Schools on Campus
There are two public magnet schools located on the University of Hartford campus. The proximity of the schools facilitates collaboration among college and magnet school students as well as teachers and professors. In turn, it greatly expands learning opportunities for University students in education and the health professions.
The University of Hartford Magnet School is a prekindergarten to grade 5 elementary school. It employs Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, which proposes that there are many kinds of intelligence that are important aspects of human capabilities. Therefore, in addition to linguistic and logical/mathematical intelligence, teaching also focuses on visual/spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, musical, naturalist, interpersonal, and intrapersonal intelligences.
The University High School of Science and Engineering opened a new, state-of-the-art building on the University of Hartford campus in 2009. The school maintains a rigorous, inter-disciplinary curriculum with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is also an early college model that is focused on integrating high school students into the college experience through college courses, campus visits, and collaborative projects that expose students to higher-education options.
Educational Main Street
In 1990 the University of Hartford initiated Educational Main Street (EMS) to create a learning community across four levels of education. The continuum that is created by the connection of public schools and the University of Hartford takes advantage of the proximity of schools that are near the campus. EMS seeks to minimize barriers that traditionally exist between black and white; between elementary, middle, and secondary teachers and university faculty; and between public schools and private higher education. Its array of initiatives and activities seeks to keep students in school by engaging them in an education continuum that stretches from kindergarten to graduate school.
The collaborations between these schools can provide youngsters with learning and teaching opportunities at other partner schools and the university campus. Many University students serve as tutors or classroom assistants through EMS each semester. EMS provides opportunities for curriculum collaboration and professional development for teachers at all levels and empowers teachers to create change and implement school reform.
University Physical Therapy, LLC
Located in the Sports Center, University Physical Therapy, LLC, is a faculty private-practice facility located in the Sports Center at Health Services. Physical therapy providers include adjunct and full-time faculty from the physical therapy program. Students in the physical therapy program are linked to the clinic through various professional courses called integrated clinical experiences. In addition, the clinic serves as a site for student clinical experiences.
Seniors in good standing are eligible to take selected graduate courses in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions with the permission of their advisor and the course instructor.
The Department of Education offers graduate programs in the following areas: early childhood education, early childhood education with Montessori concentration, and elementary education and elementary education with Montessori concentration. A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is offered through the Educational Leadership program.
The Department of Health Sciences and Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing. Students may focus on nursing management, nursing education, and public health nursing
The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences offers combined degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics programs are described in detail in the University of Hartford Graduate Bulletin.