Connecticut Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide
The following guide is designed to provide you with important information on the nursing programs offered in the state of Connecticut. Connecticut’s colleges and universities feature an eclectic menu of concentrations, including family nurse practitioner, nursing education, and clinical nurse leader. Flexible, alternative options to earning a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing are available through online programs. Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, which is featured later in this guide, also has several options that allow graduate students to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online.
Nursing Program Stats
- 8 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
- 12 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
- 10 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
- 5 schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: Fairfield University (#88, MSN; #59, DNP), University of Connecticut (#43, MSN; #57, DNP), University of Hartford (#181, MSN; DNP not ranked), University of St. Joseph (#166, MSN; DNP not ranked), Yale University (#6, MSN; #8, DNP).
- Highest graduation rate: Yale University 97%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate: Goodwin College 42%.1
- Highest net price: Sacred Heart University $38,313.1
- Lowest net price: Three Rivers Community College $3,979.1
- Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Connecticut with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $13,517 – $37,255.2
Read below to learn more about the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in Connecticut’s top colleges and universities.
NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Connecticut
The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Connecticut nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing (http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3143&q=388910).
|School||ADN or LVN Program||BSN Program||Graduate Nursing Program||ACEN/CCNE Accredited*||NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**||Number Taking||NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate***||Number Taking||Net Price****|
|Capital Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||91%||N/A||N/A||N/A||$9,934|
|Central Connecticut State University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||74%||N/A||$15,273|
|Fairfield University (BSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||87%||N/A||$36,598|
|Fairfield University (ABSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||87%||N/A||$36,598|
|Gateway Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||79%||N/A||N/A||N/A||$6,647|
|Naugatuck Valley Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||94%||N/A||N/A||N/A||$6,196|
|Northwestern Connecticut Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||90%||N/A||N/A||N/A||$5,523|
|Norwalk Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||82%||N/A||N/A||N/A||$7,248|
|Quinnipiac University (BSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||89%||N/A||$35,595|
|Quinnipiac University (ABSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||95%||N/A||$35,595|
|Sacred Heart University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||96%||N/A||$38,313|
|St. Vincent’s College||Yes||Yes||No||ACEN||90%||N/A||N/A||N/A||$14,786|
|Southern Connecticut State University (BSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||85%||N/A||$13,741|
|Southern Connecticut State University (ABSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||100%||N/A||$13,741|
|Three Rivers Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||93%||N/A||N/A||N/A||$3,979|
|University of Connecticut-Storrs (BSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||90%||N/A||$18,931|
|University of Connecticut-Storrs (ABSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||97%||N/A||$18,931|
|University of Connecticut-Groton||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||95%||N/A||$18,931|
|University of Connecticut-Stamford||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||86%||N/A||$18,931|
|University of Connecticut-Waterbury||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||89%||N/A||$18,931|
|University of Hartford||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$30,328|
|University of Saint Joseph (BSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||90%||N/A||$23,672|
|University of Saint Joseph (ABSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||79%||N/A||$23,672|
|Western Connecticut State University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||98%||N/A||$16,926|
*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates who graduated from an LPN program testing between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).
Schools in Connecticut with Nursing Degrees
Associate’s in Nursing Programs
Goodwin College offers an associate’s degree program in nursing that can be earned in 20 months of part-time study once prerequisite courses are completed. The program uses a selective admissions process based on the prospective student’s GPA, grades in prerequisite courses, and score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. Courses in the nursing curriculum include Nursing Skill Development, Adults and Wellness Continuum, and Integration of Nursing Skills: Adults with Complex Health Problems. The program emphasizes compassionate nursing care and communication with patients and the healthcare team. Goodwin College also offers an online RN to BSN program that can be completed in as few as 16 months with part-time study.
Naugatuck Valley Community College
The Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program at Naugatuck Valley Community College requires 68 credit hours to complete and can be earned in as few as four semesters with full-time study. Evidence-based practice and skills are emphasized in the program. Core courses include Family Health Nursing, Life Span Development, and Pharmacology for Families Across the Lifespan. Graduates are prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and earn licensure in Connecticut before embarking on careers as professional nurses. The ASN program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is approved by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs
Nursing majors must complete 130 credits of general college and nursing course requirements at Fairfield University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program generally takes four years to complete. Students will take a full range of nursing courses, completing the majority of those classes in the final two years of the program. Coursework focuses on therapeutic nursing interventions, mental health nursing, geriatric nursing, patterns of illness, and public health nursing. Students gain hands-on experience through clinical experiences during the academic year and may complete non-credit internships during the summer. Nursing majors can become involved on campus by joining the Student Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau Mu Chi, an honor society for nursing students.
Quinnipiac University’s School of Nursing awards the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year, 127 credit program. Students must take general college requirements in addition to nursing core courses, which include labs, and electives to fulfill degree requirements. Students gain real world experience by completing clinical rotations at one of the several dozens of affiliated medical facilities, such as Bridgeport Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Center, Grove Hill Medical Center, and Southington Public Schools. Networking and educational opportunities are available for students who join the Quinnipiac Student Nurses Association and the Tau Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.
Master’s in Nursing Programs
Southern Connecticut State University
Graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Southern Connecticut State University can choose from one of three concentrations: nursing education, family nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse leader. Students in the clinical nurse leader track must take 42 credits of core and clinical requirements to earn the degree. The nursing education and family nurse practitioner tracks each require between 45 and 48 credits. All students, regardless of track, must either complete a thesis or a special project to fulfill degree requirements. Prospective students must submit an essay, two letters of recommendation, and an official copy of the applicant’s current nursing license.
Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University in Connecticut affords graduate students the opportunity to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of several areas: clinical nurse leader (online), family nurse practitioner (traditional and online), patient care services administration (online), and nursing education (online). Each concentration requires students to complete clinical rotations. The clinical nurse leader specialization includes 300 hours of role immersion and prepares students to take the American Association of Colleges of Nursing CNL Certificate Exam. Students in the nursing education and patient care services administration specializations must complete 120 hours in a clinical practicum. Students generally complete their degree in two years.
Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing
200 Mill Hill Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Student Review: “I learned that nurses, by nature of their field, are leaders and lifelong learners. The University of Bridgeport School of Nursing (UBSN) offers an exciting opportunity for all those beginning or continuing nursing education, as here we’ll find a mission of innovation, excellence, caring, integrity, and diversity; experiences for inter-professional practice in a variety of healthcare settings; an opportunity to create history at UB with Dean Carol Papp etc.” – Student at Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing
Capital Community College
950 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103
Student Review: “The capital community college nursing program is a great program. The college itself is a very nice building in a safe area of Hartford. There is a whole floor of the building just dedicated to nursing students. It even has its own study cubicles which I have utilized a lot. I am lucky enough to study under many knowledgeable professors who bring much of their own real-world experience into the classroom. The nursing academic advisers are also very helpful and will put you on the right path. The program also has a variety of very good clinical locations in a variety of settings. I have gotten to practice skills in a nursing home environment, a hospital environment, and a rehabilitation facility. I have done well in this program because I have had great guidance. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in nursing!” – Student at Capital Community College
275 Mt Carmel Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
Student Review: “Being part of Quinnipiac’s Nursing program has been a challenging experience, yet I’ve been able to learn an incredible amount over a short period of time. My nursing classes are just like lecture classes, so I spent a lot of time outside of class reviewing and teaching myself the material. It takes a lot of self-discipline to stay on top of work, and I really wish these classes were more interactive. However, professors are always available to help and encourage us to visit them during office hours. I’d say that what I love the most about this nursing program are the labs. I’ve gotten the chance to learn how to examine people and perform nursing skills such as catheter insertion, tracheostomy suctioning, nasogastric tube insertion, wound care, etc. It can be a little scary (especially when the professor was watching), but the hands-on labs proved to be an invaluable part of my experience here. I couldn’t have chosen a better place!” – Student at Quinnipiac University
Student Review: “I could not have asked for a better nursing program. Quinnipiac University fully prepared me to become the nurse I am today. I love that my professors were constantly available to help me through an academically rigorous program. I was encouraged through the challenges and reminded that I was equipped to overcome them. Quinnipiac also had many extracurricular opportunities available. I personally had the opportunity to volunteer and help raise money and awareness for patients with Type 1 diabetes. For me, nursing school was more than academics, it was a chance to be developed holistically as a nurse.” – Student at Quinnipiac University
Student Review: “The Quinnipiac University Nursing Program was a challenging, beneficial, and ultimately fantastic experience for my education. I had very informed, helpful professors who cared about my academic success. Professors were quick to aid students who struggled, both with accommodating office hours as well as ways to personally contact them outside of University hours. The program at Quinnipiac was engaging and fellow students were competitive and friendly at the same time. Clinical time was helpful and collaboration between the clinical program and the university classroom made the entire program feel cohesive to my learning. Quinnipiac’s program was essential to my growth as a student and as a nurse.” – Student at Quinnipiac University
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=CT&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
6. Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3143&q=388910