This report explores the state of pre-licensing nursing education in Connecticut. The 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 disseminated to all the nursing schools and programs in Connecticut, and includes information and demographics about students and faculty. It focuses on Registered Nursing (RN) and Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) programs.
The survey data was collected and analyzed in 2020, published in August 2020, and amended in July 2021 to correct student demographics. See 2017 survey data analysis here.
In 2019, there were twenty-eight (28) accredited RN Pre-licensure program options in Connecticut. Of those,
Statewide, the RN programs seat capacity was 2,713 students. With 10,811 qualified applicants and 6,004 (55.5%) admitted and 232 (2.1%) waitlisted, the first-day enrollment stood at 2,661 (98% of capacity). Among the enrolled students, 107 (4%) were holding an LPN license.
Due to near capacity enrollments and limited attrition in state's RN programs, the only way that the State of Connecticut can increase annual graduation numbers for the RN would be to expand enrollments at the existing schools.
In 2017, Connecticut had 2,452 seats for RN program applicants. 2,368 students enrolled on day one of class. Of those enrolled, 80 (3.4%) students disclosed that they held an LPN license.
In 2019, the total of 7,226 students were enrolled in RN education programs across Connecticut. Of these students enrolled,
Six community colleges offer an RN program (associate degree). These are Capital, Gateway, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern CT, Norwalk, and Three Rivers community colleges with combined new student capacity of 604 in 2019.
In 2019, they admitted 727 of 1,242 qualified applicants. Of those admitted, 596 enrolled, filling 99% of all available community college seats for RN programs.
The two other associate degree programs are located at Goodwin University (formerly Goodwin College, seat capacity of 192 students in 2019) and St. Vincent's College at Sacred Heart University (seat capacity of 165).
The two programs had 1,238 qualified applicants in 2019, of which 543 were admitted (44%), and 396 enrolled, filling 111% of combined seat capacity of 357 students.
Four (4) state universities offer an RN program (baccalaureate degree):
Six (6) private universities offer an RN program (baccalaureate degree):
There are nine (9) RN second degree programs, of which four are offered by the University of Connecticut.
Yale University School of Nursing is the only institution in the state to offer a master's level RN program. In 2019, its new student seat capacity was 104. Of 220 qualified applicants, 167 were admitted, and 108 enrolled.
A total of 1,954 RN students graduated in 2019, a 12.6% increase compared to 1,736 RN graduates according to 2017 survey results. The majority of RN students graduated with an associate degree (793 in 2019) and a bachelor's degree (662 in 2019).
Lincoln Technical Institute, Porter & Chester, and Stone Academy are the three organizations in Connecticut that provide LPN training. They operate day and evening programs across 10 towns.
According to the 2019 survey, they had a combined capacity of 2,398 seats. 2,657 qualified applicants applied and 2,419 (91%) got admitted, and of those admitted 1,519 enrolled. As a result, 37% of LPN program seats remained unfilled.
In 2017, there were 1,489 budgeted seats for LPN program applicants in Connecticut. 1595 qualified applicants applied to LPN programs, the vast majority of whom (98%) got admitted. 1183 students were enrolled on day 1 of class (21% of seats were not filled). 10% of students were male, and 90% were female.
About 68% of RN students are aged 17–25, and 83% are under the age of 31.
LPN students tend to be older than RN students. There are more LPN students aged 31 and over (1,574, or 51% of total) than there are those aged 17–30 (1,543, or 49% of total).
Below is the breakdown of RN and LPN students by race and Hispanic ethnicity. Other category includes American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students, as well as those self-identifying as having two or more races, and non-US citizens.
Two-thirds of students training to become registered nurses self-identified as white, about 11% as Hispanic or Latino, and 10% as Black or African American.
The majority of LPN students were Black African American (50%), followed by white non-Hispanic (19%). About 18% self-identified as Hispanic or Latino (18%).
Most RN and LPN programs faculty have part-time positions, but most RN administrative staff members are full-time.
Below is the breakdown of RN faculty and administrative staff, and LPN faculty members, both full- and part-time, by educational attainment.
The majority (59%) of full-time RN faculty have a doctoral degree or equivalent (a PhD, DNP, MD, Juris), and about 40% hold a master's degree. Most full-time LPN faculty hold a master's degree (64%), followed by a bachelor's degree (31%).
Most part-time RN faculty have a master’s degree (87%). The majority of part-time LPN faculty is split between those with a master's degree (50%) and a bachelor's degree (44%).
The median age of RN faculty is about 50. In other words, half of all RN faculty is under the age of 50, and the other half is over. Among full-time RN faculty, however, nearly 2 in 3 are 51 and older.
42% of RN admin staff are 30 and younger. Full-time RN admin staff tends to be younger, with 49% aged 40 and below. Of 16 part-time staff, 5 are aged 66-70.
LPN faculty are generally younger than RN faculty. 57% of all LPN faculty are under the age of 51. The same holds for part-time (57%), and full-time (54%) LPN faculty.
The vast majority of RN and LPN faculty, both full- and part-time, are females. Only between 6-7% of all faculty and staff members are males.
The charts below show race and Hispanic ethnicity breakdown of full- and part-time RN and LPN faculty, and RN administrative staff. Generally, LPN faculty is more diverse than RN faculty. The proportion of white faculty members is higher among those working full-time.
Other category includes Native Americans, Native Hawaiian, and faculty
members who identify as 2 or more races. No Data category includes non-US citizens
and faculty who chose not to disclose their race.
Hover over bar charts to see both counts and percentages.