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

There are many educational options available today for aspiring nurses. A good option for individuals with no prior nursing experience is an entry-level certificate or associate's degree program. These shorter courses of study are offered at vocational schools, career academies, and community colleges. The state of Connecticut has numerous such schools, allowing students to find entry-level nursing programs well-suited to their individual needs. Unlike four-year colleges and universities, programs at career colleges can typically be completed in just one to two years, allowing graduates to enter the workforce more quickly.

A vocational school, also sometimes known as a trade school, career college, or community college, offers job-specific training and education rather than focusing primarily on academics. This practical course of study provides students with on-the-job medical training which prepares them for a job in the nursing field. In addition to classes, students complete hands-on clinical opportunities in their nursing specialty. Many schools also have specific internships or work hours available at nearby hospitals, hospices, or medical offices. Porter and Chester Institute (five campuses), Lincoln Technical Institute (three campuses), and Stone Academy (three campuses) are popular examples of vocational colleges in Connecticut.

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To help aspiring nurses find the best educational program for their career, we've compiled below a complete list of Connecticut's vocational, career, and community colleges that offer nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Bridgeport / Stamford / Norwalk area

Bullard-Havens Technical High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
Norwalk Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Stratford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Vincent's College at Sacred Heart University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening)
  • Certified Nurse Aide Certificate
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate
School City Programs offered
Bullard-Havens Technical High School Bridgeport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton Shelton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
Norwalk Community College Norwalk
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Stratford Stratford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Vincent's College at Sacred Heart University Bridgeport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening)
  • Certified Nurse Aide Certificate
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate

Hartford

Albert I. Prince Technical High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Capital Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - New Britain
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
Porter and Chester Institute - Enfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Rocky Hill
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stone Academy - East Hartford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Vinal Technical High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Albert I. Prince Technical High School Hartford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Capital Community College Hartford
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - New Britain New Britain
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
Porter and Chester Institute - Enfield Enfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Rocky Hill Rocky Hill
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stone Academy - East Hartford East Hartford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Vinal Technical High School Middletown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

New Haven

Eli Whitney Technical High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Gateway Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Hamden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Branford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stone Academy - Waterbury
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Stone Academy - West Haven
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
W F Kaynor Technical High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Eli Whitney Technical High School Hamden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Gateway Community College New Haven
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Hamden Hamden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Branford Branford
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stone Academy - Waterbury Waterbury
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Stone Academy - West Haven West Haven
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Evening)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
W F Kaynor Technical High School Waterbury
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Norwich / New London area

Norwich Technical High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Norwich Technical High School Norwich
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College Norwich
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Other Connecticut cities

Northwestern Connecticut Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Watertown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Northwestern Connecticut Community College Winchester
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Watertown Watertown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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