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Registered nurses (RNs) are responsible for taking on many of the same responsibilities as physicians: planning, implementing, and assessing patient care, as well as managing a number of other nurses and support staff. Registered nurses also give patients and family members advice and emotional support when they are coping with a serious illness. All of these responsibilities require not only clinical preparation, but also knowledge across several fields and behavioral preparedness to face and cope with patients and their loved ones in trying times.

Registered nurses are prepared for many of these challenges in their pre-licensure programs. There are two program options for RNs: either a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. ADN and BSN programs both require courses in relevant hard sciences such as biology, physiology, and pharmacology, and include an element of supervised clinical practice. Both programs also help students to prepare for the RN licensure exam. The main trade-off between the two programs is that the ADN allows you to finish your program and start nursing sooner, but the BSN will give you more thorough training and make you more competitive on the job market.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is one of the fastest growing professions in the country, far outpacing other occupations with a projected growth of 19% from 2012 to 2022. This means that well-trained RNs will continue to be in high demand for the foreseeable future.

In Connecticut, RNs can expect to earn around $76,280 per year, exceeding the nationwide average of $68,910. With plenty of job opportunities, high salaries, and high job satisfaction, Connecticut is a wonderful place to start your career as a registered nurse.

If you want to find out more about becoming an RN, take a look at the below list of top nursing schools with RN programs in Connecticut.

Bridgeport / Stamford / Norwalk area

Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing
Diploma in Registered Nursing (Accelerated): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Diploma in Registered Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Sacred Heart University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Western Connecticut State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Fairfield University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing (Accelerated): 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Norwalk Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
St Vincent's College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing (Evening): 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)

Hartford

University of Saint Joseph
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
University of Connecticut
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing (Accelerated): 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Capital Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Central Connecticut State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Goodwin College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)

New Haven

Quinnipiac University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing (Accelerated): 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Yale University
Master's in Registered Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Southern Connecticut State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing (Accelerated): 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Gateway Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)

Norwich / New London area

Three Rivers Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)

Other Connecticut cities

Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
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