L.Wagner Chair, Barnard 324; S. Bochain, M. Levvis (Dept. phone: 860-832-0032)

Department Overview

The department offers two programs leading to a bachelor's degree in nursing: 1) an RN to BSN program for registered nurses who have an associate or diploma degree in nursing and 2) a generic BSN program. Both programs are designed to prepare a liberally educated person to function as a professional nurse in a variety of roles and health care settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to be professionally competent generalists in nursing who recognize the need for continued personal and professional development throughout life and who possess the educational background for post-baccalaureate study in nursing. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The generic BSN program is designed for first time students who wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. The program begins with a pre-nursing year. Admission to the major occurs in the spring of the first year. The remaining three years comprise the nursing major. Graduates of the generic BSN program are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards examination in nursing (NCLEX) for licensure as registered nurses.



Major in Nursing, BSN

Admission to the Major
Admission to the BSN program is highly competitive. Meeting the following minimum criteria does not guarantee admission to the major.

  • Submission of all application materials to the nursing program by March 1;
  • Matriculation at CCSU;
  • Completion of a minimum of 14 credits;
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 at CCSU and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 for all undergraduate coursework taken at all institutions (including CCSU);
  • A grade of C or better in CHEM 150: Chemistry of Allied Health I; and
  • A grade of B- or better in NRSE 110: Introduction to Nursing Theories.                        

Admission to CCSU as a pre-nursing major requires:

  • Eligibility to enroll in CHEM 150: Chemistry of Allied Health I , or
  • AP credit for CHEM 161 and 162.

Requirements for the BSN program (130 credits)
General education requirements as follows: PS 110, SOC 110, PSY 112, ENG 110, STAT 215 or 104, and CS 110.

BSN Core (60 credits)

NRSE 110Introduction to Nursing Theories3
NRSE 150Nutrition3
NRSE 210Health Assessment4
NRSE 246Health Care Ethics3
NRSE 250Nursing Care of Well Populations4
NRSE 303Introduction to Nursing Research3
NRSE 310Pharmacology4
NRSE 320Care of Adults with Health Alterations4
NRSE 350Nursing Care of Families in Transition5
NRSE 375Seminar in Family Nursing Concepts2
NRSE 400Nursing Externship3
NRSE 420Public/Community Health Nursing I3
NRSE 430Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing4
NRSE 440Gerontological Nursing3
NRSE 460Public/Community Health Nursing II3
NRSE 470Care of Critically Ill Adults4
NRSE 480Professional Issues 2
NRSE 490Leadership & Management in Nursing3
Related Requirements (31 credits)
PSY 236Life Span Development3
BIO 111Introductory Biology3
BMS 111 Cells and the Human Body3
BMS 102Introduction to Biomolecular Science3
BMS 206Genetics for Nursing3
BMS 216Microbiology for Nursing3
BIO/BMS 318Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO/BMS 319Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO/BMS 412Human Physiology3
CHEM 150Chemistry of Allied Health I3
CHEM 152Chemistry of Allied Health II4

RN to BSN Program

In addition to meeting all requirements established for admission to Central Connecticut State University*, the applicant must:                                                                                   

  • Be licensed currently as a registered nurse in Connecticut;**
  • Carry and provide documentation of adequate malpractice and health insurance;
  • Have completed a minimum of 45 undergraduate credits from an accredited college or university;
  • Have advisement by nursing faculty;
  • Be CPR certified;
  • Meet specific immunization and OSHA requirements;
  • Successfully complete the state articulation agreement (30 credits of nursing transferred from associate degree or diploma school program) prior to enrolling in NRSE 303; and
  • Complete the BSN program within five years of taking NRSE 303.

*Admission to the University does not guarantee advancement to upper division nursing courses.

**Applicants in their final year of a diploma or associate degree may be accepted on a provisional basis.


RN to BSN Core (125 credits)

Including articulation credits (lower division nursing credits) of 30 credits, and the following:

NRSE 246Health Care Ethics3
NRSE 299Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice1
NRSE 300Nursing Assessment4
NRSE 301Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
NRSE 303Introduction to Nursing Research3
NRSE 410Holistic Family Care and Health Promotion of Families, Populations, and Communities4
NRSE 412Holistic Nursing Care of Families, Populations, and Communities Clinical Practicum4
NRSE 414Professional Nursing Role4
NRSE 490Leadership and Management in Nursing3
BIO 412Human Physiology3
BIO 413Human Physiology Lab1
PS 448The Politics of Human Services3
PSY 236Life-Span Development3

No minor is required for this major.

Transfer Students, Change of Major, or Re-entry Policy
Transfer students must meet the same course requirements and application procedures as CCSU students. Acceptance as a pre-nursing major is done for fall semester only and requires:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.70 or better;
  • A grade of C or better in any required science courses, if completed; and
  • A grade of B or better in any nursing course, if completed.

Minor in Gerontology

The minor in gerontology provides students with a solid background in different issues related to adult development and aging in order to prepare them to serve the aging population in various capacities. The minor incorporates courses from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies, and Engineering and Technology. For more information, see the Gerontology page linked here.



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