RN to BSN in Connecticut

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.

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

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: June 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1
  • The program offers a traditional four year BSN curriculum to students with no prior college credits.
  • RN-BSN curriculum offered on campus only.
  • BSN curriculum is not an accelerated program.
Campus 1615 Stanley St
New Britain, CT 06050

Fairfield University

$ 675 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: January 15
  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are offered.
  • RN to BSN program is offered on campus only.
  • Minor in Health Studies is available through the Integrated Nursing and Health Studies Initiative.
Campus 1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 6824

Goodwin College

$ 525 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: May 15
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • The RN to BSN program is offered both online and on campus.
  • Seminars are held by the Nursing Department for current students and prospective students.
  • Missions abroad in Central and South American countries are available to RN to BSN students.
Hybrid One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118

Quinnipiac University

$ 550 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: February 1
  • Spring Semester: August 1
  • RN to BSN program is online only.
  • Post-Bachelor’s study courses are offered in Adult Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia.
  • All post-Master’s curricula is offered exclusively online.
Campus and Online Mt Carmel Ave
Hamden, CT 06518

Sacred Heart University

$ 545 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Rolling Admissions
  • Early Decision: December 1
  • Early Action: December 15
  • Priority Deadline: February 15
  • RN to BSN program taught exclusively online.
  • Several other online nursing programs are available.
  • Opportunities to study abroad in Jamaica, Guatemala and Ireland are available.
Hybrid 5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, CT 06825-1000

Southern Connecticut State University

$ 400 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: December 1
  • Spring Semester: February 1
  • RN to BSN program is available exclusively online.
  • The school offers doctoral program for nurses who want to become educators.
  • Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) programs available to students who already have a BA or BS degree in another discipline.
Online 501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1355

St. Vincent’s College

$ 595 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: July
  • Spring Semester: November
  • RN to-BSN programs are taught online with some on-site work required.
  • AS degree and certificate programs are also offered.
  • Radiography courses available in addition to standard nursing curricula.
Hybrid 2800 Main St
Bridgeport, CT 06606-4201

University of Hartford

$ 500 per credit hour

Application Deadlines


  • RN to BSN program accepts up to 60 credits from another institution.
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is also offered.
  • Multiple certificate programs are offered in addition to degree-track curricula.
Campus 200 Bloomfield Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599

University of Saint Joseph

$ 630 per credit hour

Application Deadlines


  • RN to BSN program is on campus only.
  • Nursing learning center and simulation lab are available.
  • BS in Nursing program is for women only.
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.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

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.

Practice & Care

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.

Interprofessional Care

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.

Contact Info

Carole Bergeron

Former Executive Director
Connecticut Nurses’ Association

Robert Forte

Workforce Alliance

Linda Berger Spivack

SIP Project Director

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Connecticut Action Coalition page.

Connecticut Licensing

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.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information