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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.

Bridgeport / Stamford / Norwalk area

Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing
Programs offered: Diploma in Registered Nursing; Diploma in Registered Nursing (Accelerated)
Bullard-Havens Technical High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Evening)
Norwalk Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Stratford
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Hartford

Albert I Prince Technical High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Capital Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in 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
Vinal Technical High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

New Haven

Eli Whitney Technical High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Gateway Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Hamden
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (Evening)
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Branford
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
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
W F Kaynor Technical High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Norwich / New London area

Norwich Technical High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Three Rivers Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Other Connecticut cities

Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Porter and Chester Institute - Watertown
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
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