"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)

A Pre-Nursing student is defined as an individual who has declared Nursing as a major when applying to the University.  We look forward to working with you as you travel the path to a rewarding career in nursing.

Academic Advisement

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

Fall advising for the spring semester will begin the first half of the semester through group sessions and individual appointments.  Please continue to check your owls e-mail and this website for additional information.

Angela Ruggiero is the pre-nursing advisor who will be meeting with students who have not yet been accepted to either the 4-year BSN or ACE program.  If you would like to schedule an individual appointment with Angela at any point in time, you can do so online at  If you have a question or would just like to say hello, Angela would be happy to speak with you over the phone, 203-392-5302 or through e-mail at

**Once accepted into a program, students will be assigned a faculty advisor.  

Pre-Nursing information

Please read the Pre-Nursing Information Packet for information regarding the Pre-Nursing program. 

Pre-Nursing Information Packet (pdf)

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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