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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 BS 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-BS Dual Admission Agreement FAQ for more information.


Admission to the RN-BS 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-BS 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-BS application by the application deadline listed below or enroll in any remaining program prerequisite courses and/or university requirements. 

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

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-BS Program Comparison Chart

Plan of Study

Course Title Credits
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/BS Students 4
NUR463 Concepts of Community Health Nursing for RN/BS 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 120 credits to graduate with a BS 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 prerequisite courses, the requirements listed below may be taken while enrolled in the nursing courses. Please review the Undergraduate Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Critical Thinking
Multilingual Communication (Intermediate level) 
Technological Fluency 
Written Communication (ENG 112 equivalent) 
American Experience 
Creative Drive 
Cultural Expression 
Global Awareness 
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.