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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

Any traditional pre-nursing student who has not applied to the nursing program this year will be required to register and attend a workshop before scheduling an advisement appointment (dates/times/locations are within the form linked below).  Any student who does not attend the workshop will be advised, but will have to wait to schedule until after those who did attend.  Please make every effort to attend a workshop so you will be able to receive advisement and your registration PIN prior to your priority registration date (see the link below for registration dates).

Students will need to register for a FOCUS account prior to their workshop and may do so by clicking on the FOCUS link and using the access code "owls". 


Click here for tentative registration dates.  (Your registration status can be found in your Banner Web, Registration Portal)

Preparing for Advisement - REQUIRED

Additional information and resources

Application Information - BSN Website

Answers to most of your questions - 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.