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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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A 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 an accepted freshman or accepted transfer, you will be asked to follow your Next Steps through the admissions portal.  Freshmen schedules are created prior to orientations and will be explained during the orientation.  Transfers will be sent an invitation to schedule an advising/registration appointment once the confirmation step of Next Steps has been completed. 

If you are a prospective student and would like an advising appointment, please contact Academic Advisement at 203-392-5367 to schedule an appointment with one of our transfer advisors.

If you are a continuing pre-nursing student and are interested in a summer advising appointment, please email Angela


Preparing for Advisement - REQUIRED

Additional information and resources


Semester by Semester Approach to Pre-Nursing - Pre-nursing Time Frame

Application Information - (There is an update to the application eligibility requirements.  Please see the BSN Website to learn how repeating nursing prerequisite courses can impact your nursing application eligibility.)  BSN Website

Answers to most of your questions - (We are in the process of updating this for the 2018-2019 academic year)  Pre-nursing Handbook

Help Searching for LEP & W Requirements -

TEAS Exam Resources - Additional info can be found in the pre-nursing handbook.

GPA Calculating Tools -

Academic Support - Academic Success Center

Grade Replacement - Policy

Taking courses elsewhere during intersessions -

Exploring Options -

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.