Central Connecticut State University Nursing School Review
Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is made up of five schools and offers undergraduate through doctorate programs. CCSU is dedicated to education in the community, and over 85% of graduates remain in Connecticut. Over 11,000 students are enrolled each semester.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
This program allows students with no prior education in nursing to earn their BSN degree. The program begins with students taking pre-nursing, and applying to the nursing program in the spring of their first year of study. The next three years are spent as a nursing major. Students will have to earn a minimum of 127 credits to graduate.
Students must first be admitted to CCSU and enrolled in pre-nursing. Applicants are admitted to the program in the fall semester only. To be able to apply to the pre-nursing program, students must have a 550 score or greater on the Math section of the SAT or a 24 in Math on the ACT, to be eligible to enroll in Chemistry of Allied Health.
Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a 3.0 or better in science courses, as well as a B- or higher in any nursing courses already completed, if any.
Pre-nursing students may apply to the BSN program after they have been admitted to CCSU, have completed at least 14 credits and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70, have a grade of C or higher in Chemistry of Allied Health, and a B- or better in Introduction to Nursing Theories. These are the minimum criteria for application, and do not guarantee admittance into the program. Priority is given to first year CCSU students, and then to CCSU students that changed their major to pre-nursing.
This is a four year program due to the order in which nursing courses must be taken. Even students that have a prior bachelor’s degree will need fours years to complete them.
After graduation, students will be allowed to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).
BSN for RNs (RN/BSN)
This RN to BSN program allows Registered Nurses (RNs) to continue their education and earn their BSN. Students will complete 25 nursing credits, will receive up to 35 credits for previous nursing coursework through the articulation agreement, and the remaining credits will be University requirements for graduation. To receive a degree from CCSU, students must complete at least 30 credits at the university.
To apply to this Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RN’s program, students must be licensed Registered Nurses in Connecticut, have malpractice and health insurance, get nursing faculty advisement, have CPR certification, have current immunizations and a background check, and finish the BSN program within five years of taking Introduction to Nursing Education.
CCSU has a Nursing Learning Center where nurses may practice skills in a high tech hospital simulation.
The Learning Center offers students the opportunity to practice with actual supplies and equipment on manikins. They will become comfortable performing procedures in simulation before moving to real patients in a clinical setting. In addition to the equipment, the Learning Center also has reference books and DVDs available.
Nursing majors have the opportunity to study abroad through the Center for International Education. Students will participate in a CCSU affiliated program and learn about other cultures, become more independent, earn credit toward graduation, and enhance their resumes.
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050