Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) Program

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The ACE program is an accelerated BSN program for individuals already holding a BS/BA in any field from an accredited college or university who wish to enter the nursing profession. The intensive program allows qualified individuals to complete the nursing coursework in 12 consecutive months.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by year 2012, one million more registered nurses will be needed in the United States. An analysis of nursing workforce needs at the state level indicates that Connecticut will be one of the states that will experience the worst shortages unless actions are taken to remedy the situation. In fact, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) projects that by 2010, Connecticut nursing workforce will be 33% short of what is needed and by 2020 that number will increase to 57% (Connecticut League for Nursing, 2005). In order to meet this demand, many colleges and universities across the nation have developed accelerated BSN programs for students with baccalaureate degrees in other fields to increase access for people desiring a change in career later in life, and allow faster entry into the workforce. In fact, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2005) there are 168 accelerated BSN programs in existence, with 46 more in the planning stages. While Connecticut has several of these programs, none are located within the state university system, limiting program choice options for students who want a quality program at a reasonable price. The undergraduate nursing program at SCSU is recognized as a high quality program. Our NCLEX pass rates have been mostly between 90-100% over nearly three decades and employers readily hire and confirm the quality of our new graduates. Many curricular changes have been implemented during the last several years to improve the quality of our instruction and better prepare students for the realities of practice                                                                          

Advantages of the ACE Program


Admission Requirements

THE UNIVERSITY IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2015 ACE COHORT.  The next date to begin the application process for the 2016 ACE cohort will be April 15, 2015.

Steps and Dates to apply for 2015 ACE Cohort

Step 1:  Apply to the university on April 15, 2014.  You will follow the link through for the University Application.    Applications will only be available online and between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm.   Because of limited space and resources the application will CLOSE at 4 pm on April 15, 2014.

When completing the University application select  Spring 2015 as desired entry term. In personal statement dialog box type: NA/ACE.

High School transcripts and SAT/ACT are not required. Official transcripts MUST be sent to the Admissions office of ALL post secondary schools attended.  THE ADMISSIONS MUST HAVE THEM BY JUNE 1, 2014 in order to review your file and be considered an applicant.  At the time of application to the University there is  no limit on the number of prerequisites completed.

Remember when applying to the ACE program a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required by the nursing department.( Overall GPA is derived by dividing your QPR by # of Credits).

DO NOT complete a Graduate Program application.  This is an Undergraduate program.

Step 2. Submission of the ACE application to the nursing department.  The ACE application will be available November 1, 2014 at  Viable candidates will have the following

In order to be eligible to apply for the 2015 ACE cohort you must be  accepted by the University undergraduate committee as outlined above. 

ACE application and ALL materials must be submitted to the Nursing Department by January 15, 2015.

With only 30 students being accepted into the program each year admission is competitive and qualified students may not be accepted because of limited Department of Nursing resources and clinical placements. The Department of Nursing admission committee members will evaluate the overall academic record and select candidates whose academic and personal qualifications present the greatest potential for program success. Students applying to the ACE program should understand that, if accepted, they will need to follow the ACE's program's plan of study and required course sequencing. Students are advised to refer to the Student Policies Governing Academic and Professional Responsibilities of Undergraduate Programs in Nursing (2011). Students are ineligible to apply for admission to the SCSU nursing program if:

**Students may not apply to both the ACE and traditional BSN program in the same year.

Transfer of Credits and Pre-Requisite Course Requirements 

SCSU does not have a limit on the number of credits that you may transfer into the university.

The following Pre-requisite(or equivalency) courses are REQUIRED prior to entering the program.  Please note that when you make 1st application to the university it does NOT matter how many pre-requisites you need to complete.  When you make application to the ACE program (2nd part of application process) you may NOT have more than 4 outstanding prerequisites at application due date(1/15/15).  If accepted into the program then remaining courses must be successfully completed(C+ or better) by June 30, 2015.

Prerequisite Courses:

  SCSU                                                          CT CC Equivalency

Human Biology 110 (A & P)                              Biology 211

Human Biology111 ( A & P)                               Biology 212

Microbiology 120                                                  Biology 235

Math for Natural Sciences(Math 108)         Math 142

Elementary Statistics (Math 107)                  Math 167

General Chemistry (Chem 120)                      Chemistry 121

General Psychology (Psy 100)                        Psychology 111

Life Span Development (Psy 219)                  Psychology 201

Once the University Admissions office receives ALL of your transcripts they will evaluate your credits and send you an equivalency worksheet(needs to be submitted with your ACE application ) indicating how your courses transferred into the university.  THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE DOES NOT REVIEW TRANSCRIPTS UNTIL FORMAL APPLICATION TO THE UNIVERSITY IS MADE.  THE NURSING OFFICE  DOES NOT DO UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REVIEWS.       


 ACE Info

Plans of Study

Summer Session C - Begin Program


Winter Sessions


Summer A

Summer B - Complete Program


For further information please contact Angela in the Nursing Department at 203 392-8954