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While many nursing jobs used to require only an associate's degree or hospital diploma for qualification, nursing employers are increasingly looking for graduates of accredited four-year colleges and universities. These schools offer four-year programs in many fields including nursing, typically culminating in the conferral of a bachelor's degree. A four-year program can provide well-rounded education in the nursing and healthcare field, including specialized information on personal care, midwifery, and other medical fields. A bachelor's degree also lays the groundwork for more advanced nursing positions, such as advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) or a supervisory nursing role, which require a master's degree.

The state of Connecticut has 13 four-year colleges and universities with accredited nursing programs. Several of the state's most well-established nursing schools are Yale University in New Haven, University of Connecticut in Storrs, and Fairfield University. These universities offer a range of specialized nursing programs depending upon your chosen career path; UConn alone has five distinct graduate certificate programs including mental health nursing and maternal health. Major Connecticut employers like Genesis Healthcare, Yale New Haven Hospital, and Aetna will look favorably upon the advanced degrees conferred by these institutions.

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If you want to boost your hiring chances for a well-paying hospital or medical office role, check out our list below of Connecticut's best four-year nursing schools and find the right program for you.

Bridgeport / Stamford / Norwalk area

Fairfield University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Sacred Heart University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
St. Vincent's College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Hartford

Central Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences: Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Goodwin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lincoln College of New England
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Connecticut
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Hartford
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Public Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Saint Joseph
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

New Haven

Quinnipiac University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern Connecticut State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Education in Nursing Education
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Yale University
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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