Major in Nursing, B.S.N. (130 credits)

Admission to the Major
Admission to the Major in Nursing 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.

Nursing 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 310Altered Health Concepts and Therapeutic Interventions
NRSE 320Holistic Care of Adults with Health Alterations5
NRSE 350Nursing Care of Families in Transition5
NRSE 375Seminar in Family Nursing Concepts2
NRSE 420Social Justice and Community Health Issues
NRSE 430Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing4
NRSE 440Gerontological Nursing3
NRSE 460Seminar & Practicum in Community Health Nursing
NRSE 470Holistic Nursing Care of the Critically Ill5
NRSE 480Professional Issues 2
NRSE 490Leadership & Management in Nursing3

Related Requirements (27 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
EXS 207
Anatomy & Physiology in Human Performance I
EXS 208Anatomy and Physiology in Human Performance II4

BIO/BMS 318Anatomy and Physiology I4

BIO/BMS 319Anatomy and Physiology II4
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 (35 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


122 credits including:

NRSE 246Health Care Ethics3
NRSE 300Nursing Assessment4
NRSE 301Theoretical Foundations of Nursing3
NRSE 303Introduction to Nursing Research3
NRSE 413Population- and Community-Based Nursing Care5
NRSE 414Professional Nursing Role4
NRSE 490Leadership and Management in Nursing3
Anatomy and Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology II
BMS 216
Microbiology for Nursing

BMS 316Microbiology
PSY 236Life-Span Development3

and up to 35 additional articulation credits in Nursing.

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.
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