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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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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

Welcome Owls!

Spring 2018 Academic Advisement will begin in October and registration will begin in November.

Click here for tentative registration dates.

1st Semester Freshmen

You will be required to attend ONE group advisement session.  All will be held in the student center theatre.  No RSVP is required, but please bring your Hoot Loot Card to check-in at the time of the session.  Be prepared to take notes.  PINs for registration will be given at the end of the session (if you are more than 10 minutes late for class, a PIN may not be given to you at this time). 

Click here for a list of advisement sessions and information.

Students Applying to Program This Year

You will be required to attend ONE application information session presented by Chelsea Ortiz from the Nursing Department.  She will go over the application, important dates and what to expect.  She will also answer any questions you may have regarding the process, including the TEAS exam. 

If you are a current pre-nursing student with a minimum 3.0 GPA, you will receive your Registration PIN at the end of the session.  Additional advisement would be required for all others. 

The RSVP form will provide the session dates, times, and locations.

Don't forget to check-out the resources on this page for information about the TEAS, your options and major exploration assistance in the event you are not accepted to Southern's traditional nursing program this year.  We want you to be prepared for whatever the nursing outcome is!

All Other Students

If you haven't been sent an email invitation to schedule an appointment, please check your clutter/junk inbox.  Please email Angela if you do not find this email (First Semester Freshmen should attend a group session mentioned above). 

Preparing for Advisement

  • Please come prepared with questions and ready to take notes.
  • Please complete the PRE-NURSING WORKSHEET to the best of your ability.  Use your degree evaluation to check off requirements already met, and write in the courses you would plan to take next semester based on the information provided on the worksheet.


Additional information and resources

Application Information  - BSN Website

Answers to most of your questions - Pre-nursing Handbook

Requirement Search Instructions - W Course and LEP Course Search Instructions / Search For W Courses Video

TEAS Exam Resources - Must Read Information / ATI's WebsiteArticle comparing the new ATI TEAS to the TEAS V.  Additional info can be found in the pre-nursing handbook.

GPA Resources - CUM & PreReq GPA Calculator Instructions / CUM & PreReq GPA Calculator / "How to achieve desired GPA" calculator

Academic Support - Academic Success Center

Grade Replacement - Policy

Taking courses elsewhere during intersessions - What is the Process /CT Community College Course Equivalency Guide / If you have taken courses or plan to take courses at another college or university within the state of Connecticut, please use the Transfer Articulation Request tool located on the undergraduate admissions transfer website to search for course equivalencies from most CT colleges and universities. These are subject to change.

Exploring Options -What Are My Options? / Making a Decision

Major Exploration - Steps to Choosing a Major / FOCUS is a self-paced online tool that will help you explore career paths and select the major area of study to support your career goals / Explore Health Careers and the education requirements necessary/ Wondering what you can do with a major in... / After exploring options, you may want to contact departments or a career advisor

Human Help with Major Exploration -  If you need additional assistance narrowing down a major Contact Career/Major Advising! Once you narrow your search down, contact the Academic Department for more information! 

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.