"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)

Woman Nursing

pre-nursing student is defined as an individual who declared nursing as a major when applying to the university, but has not yet been formally admitted to either the 4-year BSN or ACE 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 a pre-nursing student. Once you are accepted into a program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor.

Schedule an appointment using our online appointment system.  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.

Fall 2015 Group Advising Dates

About Group Advising

Additional information and resources

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

To learn how to calculate a Cumulative GPA using the nursing department's calculator, please refer to the Calculating a CUM GPA Instructions.  You can then use the Nursing Department's CUM GPA Calculator.

If you have questions about the TEAS exam, please click here.

For a list of CT Community College equivalent courses that would apply to the pre-nursing program at Southern, click here.  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.