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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Pathways to the Nursing Program

OPTION 1: Pathway through Pre-Nursing: a three-step option for First-year students.

  1. Apply and get accepted to the Pre-Nursing major through the CCSU Office of Recruitment and Admissions. Applications to CCSU as a Pre-Nursing major are due May 1 and are considered for fall semesters only. See Pre-Nursing Admission Requirements below.

  2. Enroll in prerequisite and general education courses. See Prerequisites below.

  3. Apply to the Nursing Program through the Department of Nursing by February 15.

OPTION 2: Pathway through Pre-Nursing: a three-step option for Transfer and Re-Entry students. 

  1. Apply to the Pre-Nursing major through the CCSU Office of Recruitment and Admissions by December 1 for the following fall semester. See Pre-Nursing Admission Requirements below.

  2. Enroll in prerequisite and general education courses. See Prerequisites below.

  3. Apply to the Nursing Program through the Department of Nursing by February 15. See Nursing Admission Requirements below.

OPTION 3: Pathway directly to the Nursing Program for Transfer and Re-entry Students: a two-step option for transfer and re-entry students who have already completed prerequisites.

  1. Apply to Pre-Nursing, or any related major, through the CCSU Office of Recruitment and Admissions by December 1 for the following fall semester. If applying to Pre-Nursing, see Pre-Nursing Admission Requirements below.

  2. Apply to the Nursing Program through the Department of Nursing by February 15. See Nursing Admission Requirements below.

OPTION 4: Pathway directly to Nursing for Continuing CCSU Students: a one-step option for continuing CCSU students who do not get t accepted into the pre-Nursing major. 

  1. Apply to the Nursing Program through the Department of Nursing by February 15. See Nursing Admission Requirements below. 

NOTE: There is no option for continuing CCSU students to change their major to Pre-Nursing.

Pre-Nursing Admission Requirements:

  • One of the following:

    • Eligibility to enroll in CHEM 161/162 General Chemistry lecture and lab. Eligibility requires a minimum SAT math score of 550 (if taken before March 2016) or 580 (if taken March 2016 or after) or an ACT score of 22 or higher.

    • AP credit for CHEM 161/162 General Chemistry lecture and lab. Credit is awarded to AP scores of three or better.

    • Transfer or prior CCSU credit for CHEM 161/162 with a grade of C+ or higher.

  • For Transfer and re-entry students only, all of the following:

    • A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

    • A grade of C+ or better in any required science courses, if completed.

    • A grade of B- or better in any completed nursing course.

Nursing Prerequisites:

Completed prior to application to the Nursing Program

  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry or equivalent

  • CHEM 162 General Chemistry laboratory or equivalent

  • *BMS 102 Introduction to Biomolecular Science or equivalent

  • *BMS 103 Introduction to Biomolecular Science laboratory or equivalent

* What if an applicant does not have BMS 102 & BMS 103? 

  1. If a candidate has successfully completed BIO/BMS 318:

    • We substitute whichever biology with a lab the student took elsewhere for BMS 102/103 and use this grade for admission to Nursing. If the student took more than one biology course, the Chair of BMS can decide which course – or a combination of courses (BIO 121 & BIO 122 for example) will be substituted. The grade for the substituted course(s) will be used for admission to Nursing.

  2. If a candidate has not successfully completed BIO/BMS 318 but has taken other biology courses:
    • For biology courses taken at CCSU

      • BIO 122 or BMS 201 are the only acceptable substitutions
    • For biology courses taken elsewhere

      • If the Chair of BMS determines that the transferred course is equivalent to BMS 102/103, the transferred course should be changed in the transfer banks and the grade used for admission to Nursing. This scenario is likely only for transfers from colleges with no articulation already established.

      • If the course is equivalent to BIO 122, the student is eligible to take BIO/BMS 318 here. The grade in BIO 122 is used for admission to Nursing.

       

      May be enrolled in at time of application but must be successfully completed by the end of the spring semester prior to enrolling in Nursing courses in the fall.

      • CHEM 210 Foundations of Organic Chemistry or equivalent
      • PSY 136 Life Span Development or equivalent

      Nursing Admission Requirements: Applications to the Nursing Program are due by February 15. Admission to the Nursing Program is highly competitive and meeting the following minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.

      Nursing Major Application

      1. Accepted to CCSU; transfer students must submit applications to CCSU by December 1

      2. A minimum CCSU cumulative grade point average of 3.00.

      3. A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.00 for all coursework taken at all institutions, including CCSU.

      4. Minimum grade of C+ in CHEM 161/162 General Chemistry I lecture and laboratory, or equivalent.

      5. Minimum individual total score of 65.0% for the TEAS test.

      **Students will be ranked on the above criteria as follows: 25% overall GPA, 25% BMS 102/103 grades, Chemistry 161/162 grades, and 25% TEAS score.

      In addition, the following conditions must be met:

      1. Completion of all prerequisites by the end of the application semester (spring)

      2. A grade of C+ or better in CHEM 210 Foundations of Organic Chemistry or equivalent

      3. A grade of C or better in PSY 136 Life Span Development or equivalent
      4. A grade of B- or better in any nursing courses, if completed at any institution



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