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Nursing Department

Learn about our Direct Admissions into the 4-Year Traditional BSN program.

Lisa Rebeschi Nursing Chairperson

Whether you are a current or prospective student/parent or a prospective faculty member, I am proud to tell you about the Department and encourage you to further explore our website.

The vision of the Department of Nursing at Southern Connecticut State University is to be a center of excellence and innovation in nursing education. Our mission is to prepare nursing graduates to practice, educate, and lead within an evolving, complex world. This is accomplished by: (a) Discovering and applying the science of nursing and related disciplines in the pursuit of excellence and innovation, through scholarship and lifelong learning; (b) Preparing graduates to incorporate professional standards to provide, safe, evidence-based and compassionate care of the highest quality to diverse populations, and; (c) Providing the foundation for students to develop professionally in order to optimize their contributions within the context of inter-professional practice.

The Department of Nursing was established in 1969. As we reflect back over the past 50 years we are so proud of the many accomplishments of our faculty (including retired and emeritus faculty), staff, students, and alumni. Since the inception of the program, the Department has maintained continuous accreditation. The baccalaureate and master's programs at Southern Connecticut State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20035,
(202) 887-6791.

We offer a traditional four-year bachelor's degree program, an accelerated career entry (ACE) program for those with a BS or BA in another discipline, and an online RN to BS program.

Our graduate MSN programs were first offered in 1985. Presently, graduate students are able to select one of three tracks: Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Leader. Additionally, students who already have an MSN can enter certificate programs in any of these three areas. In the fall 2012 semester, we launched our new EdD in Nursing Education in collaboration with Western Connecticut State University. This particular program is designed to prepare future nursing academic leaders, well-equipped to educate the next generation of professional nurses.

Now is a great time to think about Careers in Nursing or to advance your career by pursuing a BS degree, MSN, or EdD in Nursing Education. As you probably know, the nation is facing a growing shortage of both nurses and nursing faculty and the demand for these professionals is expected to grow. In fact, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Registered Nurses is expected to grow by 15% from 2016-2026, much faster than average. I encourage you to learn more about some of our alumni as I am certain that you will be inspired by their professional accomplishments.

We are proud of the growth and accomplishments within the Department. In fact, the Department continues to develop new programs, engaging teaching and learning strategies, and innovative ideas. From our original graduating class of just 13 students, the nursing major at SCSU has been identified as one of the top selected majors on the campus. As one of the departments in the School of Health and Human Services, students and faculty have great opportunities for interprofessional learning experiences.

I invite you to contact the Department for further information. You might be interested in speaking with one of our faculty or visiting one of our classes. Please let me know how I might assist you. I thank you for visiting our website and I am available to you for any questions that you may have. You may also reach out to Mrs. Chelsea Ortiz, Nursing Information and Program Admissions Coordinator, at to ask questions about our program and what SCSU has to offer!


Lisa M. Rebeschi, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Professor, and Chair
Nursing 101 E
(203) 392-6485

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Updated 4/18