bachelor of science in nursing for rns (RN-BSN) (ONLINE PROGRAM)
The department offers a flexible admission policy for RNs who hold an associate's degree or diploma, and who desire a bachelor's degree in nursing. Students are provided with individualized attention as they proceed through the nursing program. The program takes into account the rich background of experience of the RN in terms of both clinical and classroom settings.
dual admissions agreement
The Dual Admissions Agreement is for students enrolled in a Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP)
who identify interest in earning the B.S. degree in Nursing at Southern Connecticut
State University. Students MUST indicate their intention to pursue the RN to BSN program
upon admissions to the community college nursing program in the CT-CCNP. Dual Admissions
students will enjoy several benefits that include: guaranteed enrollment in the B.S.
Nursing program at SCSU pending completion of the A.S. degree, consistent and integrated
academic advisement and support, access to SCSU student activities and campus facilities,
a smooth transition from the CT-CCNP to Southern CT State University, and more.
Review the RN-BSN Dual Admission Agreement FAQ for more information.
Admission to the RN-BSN program for those currently enrolled in an RN associates or diploma program is a two step process seen below.
Step One: Those interested in applying to the RN-BSN program, must first apply and be admitted to university through the undergraduate admissions office. Once admitted, "Next Step" instructions will be given, which would include information on meeting with the pre-nursing advisor.
Step Two: Those who have been admitted to the university and have received advisement will either submit an RN-BSN application by the application deadline listed below or enroll in any remaining program prerequisite courses and/or university requirements.
Fall 2017 Entrance: Closed
Spring 2018 Entrance: University application due by November 1st, 2017; Nursing application due by December 1, 2017
Fall 2018 Entrance: University application due by April 2nd, 2018; Nursing application due by May 1, 2018
Nursing application eligibility would include the near completion of the following criteria, which must be met by the start of the program:
- Completion of all 9 Nursing Prerequisite courses with no less than a C+ in each
- Conferred Associate's Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing
- Minimum CUM GPA of a 2.7, which includes grades from all regionally accredited colleges and universities attended
- Passed the NCLEX
Transfer of Credits and Prerequisite Course Requirements
|SCSU||CT CC EQUIVALENCY|
|Writing Arguments (ENG112)||English 102 or 200|
|Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 200)||Biology 211|
|Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 201)||Biology 212|
|Microbiology (BIO 120)||Biology 235|
|Intermediate Algebra (MAT 100) or higher||Math 136-139, 142|
|Elementary Statistics (MAT 107)||Math 167|
|Chemistry in Cont. Issues (CHE 101) or higher||Chemistry 111|
|General Psychology (PSY 100)||Psychology 111|
|Life Span Development (PSY 219)||Psychology 201|
Students may take CLEP exams as a substitute for some liberal arts courses.
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.
Thirty credits for prior nursing course work is awarded within the framework of the Connecticut Articulation Agreement.
To learn more about university credit transfers please refer to the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) & Southern Connecticut State University RN-BSN Program Comparison Chart.
Plan of Study
|NUR351||Evidence Based Nursing Practice||2|
|NUR457||Advanced Clinical Concepts: Selected Health Issues for Practice||3|
|NUR459||Leadership and Management in Contemporary Nursing Practice||4|
|NUR460||Advanced Concepts in Nursing 1||3|
|NUR462||Health Assessment of RN/BSN Students||4|
|NUR463||Concepts of Community Health Nursing for RN/BSN Students||4|
|NUR467||Care Across the Continuum for Special Populations||3|
In addition to the Nursing Prerequisite courses, students must also fulfill university requirements within SCSU's Liberal Education Program (LEP) and meet a minimum of 128 credits to graduate with a BSN degree, 30 of which need to be completed at SCSU. Transfer work may apply to some or all of the following. Please keep in mind that unlike the Nursing Prerequisite courses, the requirements listed below may be taken while enrolled in the nursing courses.
Multilingual Communication (Intermediate level)
Written Communication (ENG 112 equivalent)
Natural World I: Physical
Conflict and Consensus
Time & Place
*LEP requirements for students with previous baccalaureate degrees in another field are waived.
For further information contact the Nursing Department, (203) 392-6495.