Southern Connecticut State University
Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) is a state university with the main campus in New Haven, Connecticut, making it a short trip to Boston, New York City, and local hiking trails or beaches. The university started as a two-year teacher training school in 1893. The school was renamed and became part of the Connecticut State University system in 1983. The university now offers over 225 academic programs and maintains a student to teacher ratio of 14:1. Along with a low student to teacher ratio, the school provides students with the chance to intern or volunteer at local schools, soup kitchens, and hospitals.
The Department of Nursing at SCSU was established in 1969. They offer a traditional BSN program, along with an accelerated career entry program and an RN to BSN program for undergrads. The undergraduate BSN program is designed to be completed in two years when classes are taken full-time. Admission is competitive, with 150 to 180 students applying each semester for the BSN program and only 60 to 80 are accepted. The MSN programs include three specialty tracks – Nursing Education, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Family Nurse Practitioner. The Department of Nursing at SCSU also offers study abroad opportunities for undergrads and grads going through the nursing programs.
|Campus LocaleMidsize City|
|Number of Students10,202|
|Student to Faculty Ratio14:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
The Southern Connecticut State University Master of Science Degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The program offers specializations in three different tracks Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Leader.
The Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator tracks both consist of 45 to 48 credits that include 24 credits of core courses, 18 credits of role preparation and 6 credits of thesis advisement or 3 credits of a special project.
The Clinical Nurse Leader track consists of 42 credits made up of 24 credits of core courses and 12 credits of clinical courses in addition to a special project or a thesis.
- Successfully complete a baccalaureate program in nursing from an accredited college or university
- Minimum of a 3.0 quality point ratio in baccalaureate program
- Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
- Two professional letters of recommendation from and academic and a professional referee
- Written statement
- Successfully complete undergraduate courses in health assessment, statistics and nursing research methods
- Interview with the Department of Nursing
Admissions to the program are accepted on a rolling basis. Students accepted into the program are required to complete the program within six years from enrollment in the first graduate course.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||0||0|
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education|
12/01/1952 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
09/28/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
09/28/2002 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||930 to 1120|
|ACT||18 to 24|
|Secondary school GPA Recommended|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$569/credit|
|In State Students||$569/credit|
|Out of State Students||$569/credit|
|In District Students||$682/credit|
|In State Students||$682/credit|
|Out of State Students||$682/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 83% of Southern Connecticut State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||4%||$476|
|State Grant & Scholarships||26%||$2,157|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||26%||$4,140|
|Federal Student Loans||66%||$10,598|
$15,234Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$14,475|
|$30,001 to $48,000$17,276|
|$48,001 to $75,000$20,538|
|$75,001 to $110,000$13,589|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing.