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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

Scholarship Opportunities

To be Announced

Admission to Undergraduate Program

Application to the Nursing Major for Fall 2015 is now open.

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 Graduate Program

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

Admission to Bridge Program

Students interested in the WCSU bridge program (RN with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree), must make application to the master program. Upon completion of the application they will be contacted by the graduate coordinator. Admission to this program is on a space available bases.

Admission to Ed.D. Program

The next Ed.D. cohort starts Fall 2014 - with a summer residency in August 2014.
Applications will be accepted starting October 1, 2013 with a Deadline of March 1, 2014


WCSU Weather Information

Current Conditions in Danbury

Current Conditions

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Wind: 7MPH from the S
Humidity: N/A%
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.

Weather Alert Example

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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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