"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

Fall 2016 Advising Dates                           

Important Advising Information

Additional information

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

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.