Pathways to the Nursing BSN Program
The nursing program requires that all students submit an application to the nursing department to be considered for admission to the nursing program as a nursing major. The admission cycle is once per year from mid-December to February 15th.
Pathway through Pre-Nursing: First-year students.
- Apply and get accepted to the Pre-Nursing major through CCSU Office of Recruitment and Admissions. Applications to CCSU as a Pre-Nursing major are due by May 1 and are considered for fall semesters only in order to apply to nursing program during second semester of first year. See Pre-Nursing Admission Requirements below.
- Meet with SEPS advisor: Enroll in prerequisite and general education courses. See Prerequisites below (must meet required course grades)
- Apply (online) to the Nursing Program through the Department of Nursing by February 15.
Pathway through Pre-Nursing: Transfer and Re-Entry students.
- Apply to the Pre-Nursing major through the CCSU Office of Recruitment and Admissions - timeline overview:
- Apply to CCSU late fall/very early spring with all pre-requisites completed: can submit application to nursing for consideration for the following fall semester. See Pre-Nursing Admission Requirements below. Note: the ATI TEAS test must also be completed by February 1st
- Apply to CCSU in spring semester or over summer with need to complete pre-requisites: Enroll & complete prerequisite and general education courses. See Prerequisites and Pre-Nursing Admission Requirements below. Students should plan on applying to nursing in the upcoming application cycle.
Pathway directly to Nursing for Continuing (major other than pre-nursing) CCSU Students: an option for continuing CCSU students who do not get t accepted into the pre-Nursing major.
- Meet with your assigned advisor, complete all pre-requisites. Apply to the Nursing Program through the Department of Nursing by February 15. See Nursing Admission Requirements below.
NOTE: There is NO option for ANY CCSU student to submit a change of major request to Pre-Nursing OR to 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.
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- For biology courses taken at CCSU
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 Major Application
The application for the fall 2023 semester is now closed. The online application for the fall 2024 semester will open in mid-December 2023
Complete application and upload ALL applicable transcripts from institutions other than CCSU. Your information will be password protected and encrypted. Please read the second page carefully - as those agreements/policies are pivotal to understand (note that some of the fillable fields to sign are your initials only).
Applicants will be notified of their status in early to mid-March. Please DO NOT contact the Department prior to receiving that notification.
- Accepted to CCSU; transfer students must have confirmed their acceptance to CCSU prior to department application.
- A minimum CCSU cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
- A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.00 for all coursework taken at all institutions, including CCSU.
- Minimum grade of C+ in CHEM 161/162 General Chemistry I lecture and laboratory, or equivalent. Minimum individual score of 70.0% on ATI TEAS test (please visit TEAS overview page for all requirements)
**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:
- Completion of all prerequisites by the end of the application semester (spring)
- A grade of C+ or better in CHEM 210 Foundations of Organic Chemistry or equivalent
- A grade of C or better in PSY 136 Life Span Development or equivalent
- A grade of B- or better in any nursing course, if completed at any institution