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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

Fall 2017 pre-nursing advisement will begin in March.  If you are declared as a pre-nursing student, you will receive an email with information on how to schedule your appointment. 

If you are a current student at Southern and not in the system as a pre-nursing student, but are interested in meeting with an advisor to discuss applying to the nursing program, please email Angela to schedule an individual appointment.

If you are in the middle of applying to the nursing program and have questions regarding your application, please contact Chelsea Ortiz at

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

PRE-NURSING WORKSHEET - To Be completed prior to advisement and brought with you to your advising appointment!  Completing the PRE-NURSING ADVISING CHECKLIST is also highly recommended!

REGISTRATION DATES - Be sure to "check your registration status" under "Registration" in your Banner Web student service portal to find out if you should be registering as a freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior.

Additional information and resources

Application Information  - BSN Website

Answers to most of your questions - Pre-nursing Handbook

Requirement Search Instructions - W Course and LEP Course Search Instructions / Search For W Courses Video

TEAS Exam Resources - Must Read Information / ATI's WebsiteArticle comparing the new ATI TEAS to the TEAS V.  Additional info can be found in the pre-nursing handbook.

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

Academic Support - Academic Success Center

Grade Replacement - Policy

Taking courses elsewhere during intersessions - What is the Process /CT Community College Course Equivalency Guide / If you have taken courses or plan to take 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.

Exploring Options -What Are My Options? / Making a Decision

Major Exploration - Steps to Choosing a Major / FOCUS is a self-paced online tool that will help you explore career paths and select the major area of study to support your career goals / Explore Health Careers and the education requirements necessary/ Wondering what you can do with a major in... / MORE info on Choosing a Major 

Human Help with Major Exploration -  If you need additional assistance narrowing down a major Contact Career/Major Advising! Once you narrow your search down, contact the Academic Department for more information! 

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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