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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)

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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 a new part-time transfer or non-matriculated student, please contact Academic Advisement at 203-392-5367 to schedule an appointment.

If you are a new full-time transfer student, please refer to your online "Next Steps" to schedule your orientation.  Advisement will occur during your orientation.

If you are a newly admitted non-transfer student, please email the Office of New Student and Sophomore Programs at to begin scheduling your orientation.  The staff will create your first semester schedule and review it with you during your orientation.

If you have been a matriculated student at Southern for at least one semester and would like to meet with the pre-nursing advisor, please schedule an appointment using the booking form below.  *Appointments will not be available August 15 - September 6th.  If you have a scheduling concern or other urgent matter, please come to the advisement office for our first come, first serve walk-in days.  Nursing application and TEAS information will be discussed later in the semester.


  • Students arriving for their appointments must check-in at the Academic and Career Advisement Center located in the Wintergreen Building.  
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so through the cancellation link in the appointment confirmation email or by emailing Angela directly.
  • If you have a quick question, please email Angela and she will be happy to assist you.


Additional information and resources

Please read the Pre-Nursing Information Handbook for information regarding the Pre-Nursing program.  The nursing application/information packet will be posted on the BSN webpage November 1st. 

To learn how to calculate a Cumulative GPA (for those who have attended more than one college/university) and Prerequisite GPA using the nursing department's calculator, please refer to the Nursing Department CUM GPA Calculator Instructions.  You can then use the Nursing Department's CUM GPA Calculator.  Once you have calculated your CUM GPA and Prerequisite GPA, you can use the GPA Calculator located on the Registrar's website to get a sense of what grades/credits are needed to reach your desired GPA.  

If you have questions about the TEAS exam, please refer to page 15 of the Pre-Nursing Information Handbook above and visit the ATI website.  **Please note that ATI Testing will be releasing a new edition of the TEAS exam.  The next students to apply will need to take the TEAS, 6th ed.  Here is an article comparing the TEAS 5 to the New ATI TEAS.  

Students who plan to take courses at one of the CT Community Colleges may use this Transfer Course Equivalency sheet as a guideline.  Students should always refer their degree evaluation when selecting courses.  Current Southern students must submit a Transfer Credit Approval form to the Registrar's Office before enrolling in a course at another institution.  

If you have taken courses at another college or university within the state of Connecticut, please use the Transfer Articulation Request tool to search for course equivalencies from most CT colleges and universities.  Otherwise, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will evaluate and transfer your credits once accepted to the university.

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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