Find a nursing school near you

Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Private colleges and universities can be a good choice for any student who wants to become a nurse. Private schools offer one-year, two-year, and four-year program options, and these private institutions often carry more prestige than their public counterparts. While private schools tend to be a bit more expensive, students receive the benefit of smaller class sizes and more opportunities for hands-on learning. Connecticut has over 20 private college and university campuses with nursing programs of study.

One-year or two-year private institutions are suitable for most entry-level nursing jobs. Porter and Chester Institute (five campuses across Connecticut), Stone Academy (three campuses), and Lincoln Technical Institute (three campuses) all offer certificate programs that prepare students for the role of licensed practical nurse (LPN). Several of the state's private schools offer four-year nursing programs, including Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, and Sacred Heart University. Connecticut's most prestigious private institution, Yale University, offers the state's only direct-entry master's of science in nursing (MSN).

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Completing your nursing education at a private college or university may help you to stand out, particularly with major Connecticut nursing employers like Genesis Healthcare or Yale New Haven Hospital. Private schools tend to be more prestigious, so having their names on your resume can help you get a foot in the door at hiring time.

If you are looking for a nursing program at a private school in the state of Connecticut, use our comprehensive list below to get started.

Bridgeport / Stamford / Norwalk area

Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing
Programs offered: Diploma in Registered Nursing; Diploma in Registered Nursing (Accelerated)
Fairfield University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing (Accelerated); Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Evening)
Porter and Chester Institute - Stratford
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sacred Heart University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science
St Vincent's College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing (Evening); Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Hartford

Goodwin College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Lincoln College of New England - Southington
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - New Britain
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Evening)
Porter and Chester Institute - Enfield
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Rocky Hill
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Stone Academy - East Hartford
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Evening); Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Hartford
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
University of Saint Joseph
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

New Haven

Lincoln Technical Institute - Hamden
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Evening)
Porter and Chester Institute - Branford
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Quinnipiac University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing (Accelerated); Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Science
Stone Academy - Waterbury
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Stone Academy - West Haven
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Evening); Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Yale University
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Other Connecticut cities

Porter and Chester Institute - Watertown
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
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