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Connecticut RN Programs

Directory of approved registered nursing (RN) programs in the state of Connecticut
There are 89,819 registered nurses (RNs) in the state of Connecticut. Despite that, Connecticut is still experiencing a severe shortage of nurses. The average RN salary in Connecticut is $83,860 a year, or $40 per hour. Many long-time nurses are leaving the profession to pursue work in other fields or for retirement.  Learn how you can become an RN in Connecticut. RNs in Connecticut are overseen by the state’s Department of Public Health which maintains strict guidelines for the nursing components of educational programs.

At the very minimum an RN program must consist of four 15-week academic semesters comprising 35 semester credits in nursing related coursework. At least 50 percent of those hours must be spent performing supervised patient care.

The Public Health Department’s regulations don’t mandate specific coursework, but they do stipulate that students must successfully be able to perform the duties set out by the Connecticut Nurse Practice Act (Chapter 378 of the Connecticut General Statute).

Nursing schools in Connecticut are accredited by one of two national organizations: the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Local accreditation is awarded by the Connecticut Board of Nursing. Some programs might be state-approved but not nationally accredited or vice versa.

Nursing schools facilitate a number of different ways to become an RN, including:

• Two-year programs from which RN candidates graduate with an Associates degree (ADN)

• Four-year programs from which RN candidates graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN)

• Transitional programs in which LVNs/LPNs can advance to RN status, LVNs/LPNs can earn a BSN, and two year and other RNs who don’t have BSNs can earn a BSN degree

Ten campus schools offer the basic RN curriculum. There are also online RN programs affiliated with distance learning colleges, many of which are also accredited.

The RN Licensing Exam: NCLEX-RN

In order to practice as an RN in the state of Connecticut, a nursing school graduate must pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) with a score of 80 percent or higher. The test consists of between 75 to 265 questions, most of which are multiple choice answers. Prospective RNs are given five hours to complete the exam.

Applying For Your RN License

The Connecticut State Board of Nursing regulates the state requirements for RN licensure.

New graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN exam with a score of 80% or higher are eligible to apply for an RN license. Transcripts documenting successful completion of pre-licensure education must be included along with the application.

RNs who hold a license in a different state may also submit applications for RN licensure in Connecticut through endorsement with approval from the Connecticut State Board of Nursing.

Connecticut Associates Degree RN Programs

Capital Community College

950 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: 860-906-5150

Gateway Community College

20 Church St
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-285-2393

Goodwin College

1 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
Phone: 860-528-4111

Naugatuck Valley Community College

750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Phone: 203-575-8057

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Park Place East
Winsted, CT 06098
Phone: 860-738-6372

Norwalk Community College

188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone: 203-857-7123

St. Vincent’s College at Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825
Phone: 203-396-6227

Three Rivers Community College

7 Mahan Drive
Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: 860-885-2661

Accredited Connecticut RN Schools

See our complete list of schools in Connecticut that offer state-approved registered nursing (RN) programs. The Connecticut Department of Health is in charge of overseeing nursing education programs and making sure that they meet the national standards set forth by the NCSBN. Nursing programs are organized by the type of degree awarded upon completion. There are two-year Diploma nursing programs, two-year Associates degree programs and four-year Bachelor degree programs. All types of RN programs prepare students to challenge the NCLEX-RN exam and become a licensed registered nurse in the state of Connecticut.

Bachelor Degree RN Programs in Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University

1615 Stanley Street
P.O. Box 4010
New Britain, CT 06050
Phone: 860-832-2147

Fairfield University

North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06430
Phone: 203-254-4150

Quinnipiac University

275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: 203-582-8678

Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825
Phone: 203-371-7715

University of Saint Joseph

1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: 860-231-5253

Southern Connecticut State University

501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: 203-392-6495

University of Bridgeport

169 University Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: 203-576-2345

University of Connecticut

231 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4026
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: 860-486-0537

Western Connecticut State University

181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-837-8556

Connecticut RN Resources

Connecticut Department of Health
Connecticut Student Nurses Association
Connecticut League For Nursing
UConn NCLEX Test Prep
Connecticut Nursing Job Outlook