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"Nursing is an art; and if it is to be made an art it requires as exclusive a devotion, as hard a preparation as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or cold marble compared with having to do with the human body." (Florence Nightingale)

Woman Nursing

pre-nursing student is defined as an individual who is admitted to the university, but is not yet admitted to a nursing program at Southern.  This page is designed for pre-nursing students interested in the traditional 4 year BSN program.  For this select group of students, a pre-nursing advisor works one-on-one to help navigate the path to a rewarding career in nursing.  


Academic advisement is required prior to registration each semester to ensure pre-nursing students are registering for the correct courses, are familiar with on-campus resources and university policies that pertain to academic success, and know the nursing application requirements, expectations and deadlines. 

Your Advisor

Angela Ruggiero is your advisor while you are enrolled as a pre-nursing student.  She is currently located in the Wintergreen Building.   

For questions, contact Angela directly at  

*If you are a current student at Gateway Community College and would like to meet with a Southern advisor, please click here for information.

Advisement Information

If you are either a first semester freshman, current student planning on applying to the traditional BSN program this year, or have recently transferred to Southern this semester, your spring semester advisement will occur through a mandatory information session.  Click on the appropriate link below for additional information:                                                                             

First semester college freshmen advisement                                                                                                       

Students planning on applying to the nursing program this year 

Transfer students in their first semester at Southern                                                                             

For all others - individual appointments for spring semester advising will begin around the 2nd week of October.  The scheduling link will be emailed to your Southern email account.  If you do not receive it by Friday, October 7th please email Angela. 

*If you have a question or concern at any point, please email Angela and she will be happy to assist you.


Additional information and resources

Information and application (to be posted Nov. 1st) - BSN Website

Answers to most of your questions - Prenursing Handbook

TEAS Exam Resources - Answers to your most frequently asked questions / ATI's WebsiteArticle comparing the new ATI TEAS to the TEAS V.  Additional info can be found in the prenursing handbook.

GPA Resources - CUM & PreReq GPA Calculator Instructions / CUM & PreReq GPA Calculator / "How to achieve desired GPA" calculator

Taking courses elsewhere during intersessions - What is the Process / CT Community College Equivalency Guide 

If you have taken courses at another college or university within the state of Connecticut, please use the Transfer Articulation Request tool located on the undergraduate admissions transfer website to search for course equivalencies from most CT colleges and universities.  These are subject to change.

The National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) is a voluntary organization through which nursing students practice self-governance; advocate for student rights and the rights of patients; and take collective responsible action on vital social and political issues. Learning about joining NSNA.


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