This report explores the state of pre-licensing nursing education in Connecticut. This nursing education report was created in collaboration with the Connecticut League for Nursing (CLN). The data used in this Nursing Education Report was created from an annual survey the CLN given to all the nursing schools and programs in Connecticut. This report includes information about students and faculty. It focuses on Registered Nursing programs (RN) and Licensed Practical Nursing programs (LPN).
This is an old, 2017 survey analysis. See the most recent 2020 analysis.
In Connecticut, there are 18 institutions with accredited RN programs, 6 of which are community colleges.
Connecticut has 2,452 budget seats for nursing applicants for RN programs. In 2017, 2,368 students enrolled on day one of class. Of those enrolled, 80 students disclosed that they held an LPN license.
Due to near capacity enrollments and limited attrition in our RN Programs, the only way that that the State of Connecticut can increase annual graduation numbers for the RN would be to expand enrollments at the existing 18 schools.
there were 1112 qualified applicants that applied, of whom 65% were admitted. 601 of the admitted students enrolled on day 1 of the program. 89% of students were female, 11% male.
In 2017, 38% of RN graduates got a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and 27% graduated with an Associate degree.
Connecticut has 1,489 budgeted seats for LPN program applicants.
In 2017, 1595 qualified applicants applied to LPN programs, the vast majority of whom got admitted. 1183 students were enrolled on day 1 of class. 10% of students were male, and 90% were female.
1574 of 1595, or over 98% of qualified applicants got accepted to an LPN program.
RN students tend to be younger than LPN students. There are more students aged 17-25 than all other ages combined (including those who chose not to disclose their age).
LPN students tend to be older than RN students. There are more LPN students who are in their 50s than those aged 17-20.
Three quarters of students training to become RNs self-identified as White. About 9% of students are Black, and 8% of students chose not to disclose their race.
Unlike RN students, LPN students are primarily Black (65%). 19% of LPN students are white, followed by Native Hawaiian (5%). 8% of LPN students chose not to disclose their race.
10% of RN students and 13% of LPN students self-identify as Hispanic.
Eight schools reported having 114 students who did not self-identify as U.S. citizens. Of those, 68 go to Norwalk Community College, 18 to Capital Community College, 12 to Naugatuck Valley Community College, and 10 to Gateway Community College.
Three schools reported their students' citizenship status. Both Stone Academy and Porter and Chester reported no students who were not U.S. citizens. Lincoln Technical Institute reported 9 students who were not U.S. citizens.
Most nursing faculty are part-time in both LPN and RN programs.
Most full-time RN faculty have a PhD. Most full-time LPN faculty have a master's degree.
Most part-time RN faculty have a master’s degree. Most part-time LPN faculty have a bachelor's degree.
Among full-time LPN faculty, there are staff that are younger than 30 and older than 70. All of the part-time LPN faculty are between the ages of 31 and 70. Most of the RN staff are between the ages of 41 and 55, though their ages range the entire age span. The age of most of part-time RN faculty is unknown.
Most part-time and full-time RN and LPN faculty self-identify as female.
Most of the full-time and part-time RN and LPN faculty self-identify as White. Among full-time LPN faculty, there is one Asian faculty member and 20 Black faculty members. Among the part-time LPN faculty, there are 30 Black faculty members, there are no members of other races. There are a larger number of part-time RN faculty who are people of color compared to full-time staff. The race of 319 part-time RN faculty is unknown.
Over 96% of LPN and RN faculty, both full- and part-time, self-identify as non-Hispanic.
No LPN faculty identified as non-U.S. citizens. No full-time RN faculty identified as non-U.S. citizens, one part-time RN faculty member identified as a non-U.S. citizen.