Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) Program

The ACE program is an accelerated BSN program for individuals already holding a BS/BA in any field from an accredited college or university who wish to enter the nursing profession. The intensive program allows qualified individuals to complete the nursing coursework in 12 consecutive months.

A group of nursing students in a nursing simulation lab

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook (2018), employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026 with an expected demand for 438,100 RNs nationally. By 2022, there will be far more registered nurse jobs available than any other profession, at more than 100,000 per year. With more than 500,000 seasoned RNs anticipated to retire by 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for 1.1 million new RNs for expansion and replacement of retirees, and to avoid a nursing shortage.  In Connecticut, 56% of the full-time nursing workforce is over the age of 50, indicating a need for a significant number of new nurses to fill the anticipated retirements that will occur over the next 5 to 10 years. (Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce, 2019).

While Connecticut has several of these programs, none are located within the state university system, limiting program choice options for students who want a quality program at a reasonable price. The undergraduate nursing program at SCSU is recognized as a high quality program. Our NCLEX pass rates have been mostly between 90-100% over nearly three decades and employers readily hire and confirm the quality of our new graduates. Many curricular changes have been implemented during the last several years to improve the quality of our instruction and better prepare students for the realities of practice.

After reviewing the information below regarding how to apply, eligibility requirements, and prerequisites, you may email if you still have questions.

  • The nursing curriculum can be completed in just 12 months (excluding nursing prerequisites).
  • The ACE program is based on the same curriculum as SCSU's highly successful and nationally accredited traditional nursing program.
  • There are opportunities to learn with other highly motivated, adult learners with rich life and work experiences.
  • We offer small class size and affordable tuition.
  • Our faculty are dedicated to working with this unique population.

Applications for Summer/Winter 2023 have closed. Notice of admission will be available no later than April 1, 2023. Entry for 2024 will open in May 2023. 

  • There are two entry terms for the Accelerated BSN program, Summer and Winter. There is only ONE application for both entry terms. Students must indicate their preferred entry term. An accepted student may be offered either entry term dependent on a variety of factors. 
  • New applications for Summer/Winter 2024 will open in May 2023. Those who have applied for 2023 entry can expect a decision letter by April 1, 2023.
  • Entry in 2024: All prerequisites must be complete with a C+ or greater by the conclusion of the Fall 2023 semester (December) and proper documentation must be provided by January 2, 2024. If applicable, CLEP examination(s) and AP scores must be received by the UG Admissions Office by January 2, 2024.
  • There is a required essay portion of the application, and applicants must also complete the Checklist and Prerequisite Form. The new essay and checklist form for 2024 will be available beginning May 2023. 
  • Current applicants: Official transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools attended MUST be sent to the Transfer Services Office by January 2, 2023Any international transcripts will need to be accompanied by syllabi for relevant nursing prerequisites in order to undergo proper evaluation. Courses on international transcripts without syllabi will not be considered for prerequisite equivalency. High School transcripts and SAT/ACT scores are not required. Resumes and recommendation/reference letters will not be accepted.
  • Future applicants must complete an Undergraduate Transfer Application. DO NOT complete a Graduate Program application. 
  • Students may not apply to both the ACE and Traditional BSN program at the same time.

To be considered for the 2024-2025 ACE Cohort, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Conferred BA/BS degree from a fully accredited academic institution (by October 21, 2023). December 2023 and May 2024 graduations will not be considered as eligible.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (including all post-secondary GPA's from fully accredited schools attended).
  • Essay completion and submission to your online application portal. 
  • Completion of the required prerequisites, outlined below, with a C+ or greater (by the end of Fall 2023). Official transcripts must be submitted to the Transfer Services Office (no later than January 2, 2024). Any outstanding or incomplete items after the Fall 2023 semester will result in an incomplete application and will not be considered for admission.
  • All prerequisites must be complete with a C+ or greater however applicants are not allowed to have more than 2 repeated prerequisite courses due to an initial grade below a C+.
  • Completion and submission of the ACE Checklist and Prerequisite Form to your online application portal.
  • Southern CT State University has an agreement with Eastern CT State University for the ACE program. The items outlined in this agreement are only applicable to matriculated ECSU students who are earning their first undergraduate degree.
  • Southern CT State University has an agreement with SCSU Senior students approaching graduation. The items outlined in this agreement are only applicable to matriculated SCSU students who are earning their undergraduate degree. 

SCSU does not have a limit on the number of credits that you may transfer into the university. The university currently does not have an expiration date on any of the below required prerequisites. It is not a requirement to take the required prerequisite courses at a specific college or university as long as they are equivalent courses. Please use the provided tools to verify course equivalencies. 

Below is a list of the required prerequisite courses for the ACE program, and their CT Community College equivalencies. All must be successfully completed, each with a grade of a C+ or higher. Non-science prerequisites are acceptable as online courses, but science prerequisites require an in-person lab (no online labs will be accepted). Official transcripts must be submitted to the Transfer Services Office. (Place an application during the designated application dates before you begin submitting documentation.)

SCSU CT CC Equivalency
Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 200) Biology 211
Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 201) Biology 212
Microbiology (BIO 120/BIO 233) Biology 235
Math for Natural Sciences (MAT 108)*
*May be substituted by MAT 120, MAT 122, or MAT 150
Math 142*
*MAT 172, MAT 186, or MAT 254
Elementary Statistics (MAT 107) Math 167
General Chemistry (CHE 120) Chemistry 121
General Psychology (PSY 100) Psychology 111
Life Span Development (PSY 219) Psychology 201
Introduction to Nutrition (PCH200) Nutrition 102

If you attended and/or graduated from a regionally-accredited institution within CT, you may see how your courses will transfer to Southern before applying. Use the Transfer Articulation Request Tool to look through our database of colleges and universities. If your school is listed, you will be able to search the courses you have taken and see the transfer course equivalency.

Nursing Curriculum and Credits Summer Cohort Winter Cohort
NUR 350: Therapeutic Nutrition (2cr) Summer B Winter
NUR 351: Nursing Research (2cr) Summer B Winter
NUR 340: Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing (3cr) Fall Spring
NUR 341: Health Assessment (3cr) Lab Included Fall Spring
NUR 342: Evidence-Based Nursing Interventions (3cr) Lab Included Fall Spring
NUR 343: Integrated Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I (3cr) Fall Spring
NUR 344: Gerontological Nursing (2cr) Clinical Included Fall Spring
TWO NUR Electives (1cr each) Winter Fall
NUR 352: Adult Health Nursing (5cr) Clinical Included Spring Summer A/B
NUR 353: Integrated Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II (3cr) Spring Summer A/B
NUR 354: Mental Health Nursing (3cr) Clinical Included Spring Summer A/B
NUR 430: The Childbearing Family (3cr) Clinical Included Spring Summer A/B
NUR 431: The Childrearing Family (3cr) Clinical Included Spring Summer A/B
NUR 432: Adult Health II (5cr) Clinical Included Summer A/B Fall
NUR 442: Public Health Nursing (3cr) Clinical Included Summer A/B Fall
NUR 443: Nursing Capstone (5cr) Clinical Included Summer A/B Fall
NUR 444: Leadership, Management and Health Care Issues in Nursing (3cr) Summer A/B Fall

Virtual Information Session

The information session will explain the ACE application process, prerequisite courses, how the transfer process works, and hear about the program itself.

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If you are interested in both the traditional BSN and ACE programs, you may be interested in comparing the two. For further information, please contact the School of Nursing.