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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, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

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

The NCLEX-RN first time pass rate for the 2017 graduates from the traditional program was 95%. The NCLEX-RN first time pass rate of 2017 graduates from the ACE program was 98%. Ninety-two percent of MSN graduates passed their FNP certification exam on their first attempt.

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. Alumni from all of the nursing programs are readily recruited by employers. In fact, Yale-New Haven Health System hired SCSU alumni as a large percentage of their professional RN staff.

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 pabonc1@southernct.edu to ask questions about our program and what SCSU has to offer!

Respectfully,

Lisa M. Rebeschi, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Professor, and Chair
Nursing 101 E
(203) 392-6485
RebeschiL1@SouthernCT.edu

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Updated 6/18