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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.

Featured Schools

Bridgeport / Stamford / Norwalk area

Western Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Sacred Heart University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Norwalk Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Fairfield University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
St. Vincent's College at Sacred Heart University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening): 79.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Western Connecticut State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.7% 2010 to 2012
Sacred Heart University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.3% 2010 to 2012
Norwalk Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.0% 2010 to 2012
Fairfield University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 92.7% 2010 to 2012
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.3% 2010 to 2012
St. Vincent's College at Sacred Heart University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2010 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening) 79.7% 2010 to 2012

Hartford

University of Connecticut
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
University of Saint Joseph
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Capital Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Central Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Goodwin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.0% 2010 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 89.7% 2010 to 2012
University of Saint Joseph
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2010 to 2012
Capital Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2010 to 2012
Central Connecticut State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.0% 2012 to 2012
Goodwin College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.0% 2010 to 2012

New Haven

Southern Connecticut State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 97.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Yale University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Quinnipiac University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Gateway Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Southern Connecticut State University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 97.7% 2010 to 2012
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.7% 2010 to 2012
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.0% 2010 to 2012
Yale University
Direct Entry MSN 95.3% 2010 to 2012
Quinnipiac University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.3% 2010 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 93.0% 2010 to 2012
Gateway Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2010 to 2012

Norwich / New London area

Three Rivers Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Three Rivers Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2010 to 2012

Other Connecticut cities

Northwestern Connecticut Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012