Connecticut ranks among the ten healthiest states in the country, according to recently released figures from the United Health Foundation’s 2015 Health Rankings.
Nurses in Connecticut are eligible for only a single state license, meaning they cannot be licensed to work in other states in the country. There are ample opportunities, however, in Connecticut’s larger cities, including Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, New Haven, Danbury and Hartford.
Nurses’ salaries are slightly higher than national averages. Nursing assistants can earn about $32,000 annually, with practical/vocational nurses earning about $55,000 per year. Registered nurses earn about $76,000 per year and nurse practitioners top the list at about $98,000 per year.
Connecticut employs over 60,000 nurses state-wide.
- Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
- Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
- Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
- Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
- Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
- Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
- Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
- Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
- Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
- Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
- Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
- Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.
RN-to-BSN Programs in Connecticut
Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Connecticut’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.
Central Connecticut State University
$ 420 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus|| 1615 Stanley St |
New Britain, CT 06050
$ 675 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus|| 1073 N Benson Rd |
Fairfield, CT 6824
$ 525 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| One Riverside Drive |
East Hartford, CT 06118
$ 550 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| Mt Carmel Ave |
Hamden, CT 06518
Sacred Heart University
$ 545 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 5151 Park Ave |
Fairfield, AL 06825-1000
Southern Connecticut State University
$ 400 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 501 Crescent Street |
New Haven, CT 06515-1355
St. Vincent's College
$ 595 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 2800 Main St |
Bridgeport, CT 06606-4201
University of Hartford
$ 500 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus|| 200 Bloomfield Ave |
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599
University of Saint Joseph
$ 630 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Campus|| 1678 Asylum Avenue |
West Hartford, CT 06117
Please contact the RN to BSN program in Connecticut that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Connecticut that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!
State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths
The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Connecticut has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Connecticut is actively progressing on this front.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
What is being done to increase the number of Connecticut RN’s with a BSN?
No specific plans announced.
Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?
Yes. RN to MSN programs.
What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?
The AC has formed a taskforce for leadership development strategies, which is part of an effort to promote greater representation by nurses on medical boards and in organizations.
Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?
Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?
Yes. The coalition is working with other groups through the state legislature to eliminate requirements for mandatory collaborative arrangement with a physician.
Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?
No specific plans announced.
How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?
Toward the goal of improving diversity, the AC is planning meetings with the Northern and Southern CT Black Nurses Association and the CT Chapter of the Hispanic Nurses Association.
What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?
No specific plans announced.
Connecticut Nurses’ Association
Linda Berger Spivack
Source: Campaign for Action
For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Connecticut Action Coalition page.
Connecticut is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A Connecticut nursing license is only valid within Connecticut. For licensing information, visit the Connecticut Department of Health and Human Services.
Nursing Employment Outlook
Nursing Supply and Demand Projections
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
Dept. of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS# 13PHO
Hartford, CT 06134
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Meriden, CT 06450
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