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Nursing Department

Message from Chair of Nursing Department

Dr. Joan Palladino
Chair, Nursing Department
White Hall 107A
(203) 837-8651


Joan S. Palladino, Ed.D., MSN, RN.

Western Connecticut State University Nursing Department welcomes our new and returning students, prospective student and our partners both within and outside the university. WCSU Nursing Department prides itself in creating a learning environment that prepares student for the challenging career in nursing. Our faculty are well prepared and remain current in their respective specialties. We offer four areas of study in nursing including undergraduate, RN/BS, Masters and doctoral studies. We offer a comprehensive interactive curriculum and our program of study engage learners, promote critical thinking and promote a professional role in nursing practice. WCSU offers small class sizes and accessible faculty. Faculty develop connections with their students that enable to excel in the classroom and clinical setting.


The doctoral Program with both Western Connecticut State University and Southern Connecticut State University is finishing its first year. This program is designed to prepare nursing faculty for higher education settings.  This program is offered in an online format with a residency requirement once a year.


Our programs are accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE) and we received a full ten year accreditation in 2008.


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


Goals of Nursing at Western Connecticut State University

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

The Nursing Department faculty are experts in their fields, with advanced professional degrees from leading educational institutions, as well as specialty certification where appropriate.


Current News and Events

Required Background Checks

Due to the requirement by clinical sites in Connecticut for nursing students to have completed background checks PRIOR to beginning a clinical experience, our school has partnered with CT. League for Nursing (CLN) to coordinate this service.

Background Check Forms: BS Students | RN-BS Students | MS Students | Ed.D Students


Admission to Ed.D. Program

We are happy to announce that our second cohort will be starting in Fall 2016
We will be accepting Applications starting October 1, 2015 with a deadline of March 1, 2016.


Applications and an application checklist are now available on our nursing website. 


Admission to Graduate Program

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


WCSU Weather Information

Current Conditions in Danbury

Current Conditions

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Wind: 7MPH from the S
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Pressure: 30 in.
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Emergency / Weather Alert Information

The Emergency / Weather Alert will be posted on the WCSU home page any time an emergency or bad weather causes a delay, cancellation or early closing of the university.

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Greater Danbury 5-Day Forecast

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Slight chance for a morning shower, partly sunny and pleasant.
Partly sunny and pleasant.
Mostly cloudy, chance for some showers.
Chance for morning rain then some afternoon sunshine.
Mostly sunny and mild.
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