This report explores the state of pre-licensing nursing education in Connecticut. It focuses on Registered Nursing (RN) and Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) programs.
This is the most recent RN and LPN survey data captured in the 2020 statistics (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020), collected in the spring of 2021, and analyzed and published in August 2021. You can also access previous (2017, 2020) Connecticut education data.
In 2020, there were twenty-nine (29) accredited RN Pre-licensure program options in Connecticut. Of those,
Statewide, seat capacity from the RN programs is 2,812 (+99 compared to 2019) students. With a total of 11,934 (+1,123 from 2019) qualified applicants, the "first-day" student enrollment stood at 2,692 students which represents only 23% of qualified student applicants were able to pursue their RN nursing education. Based on this number, 96% of the total seat capacity was realized across all RN programs. Among the enrolled students, 124 (4.6%) held 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 2019, 10,811 individuals statewide qualified for admission into CT's RN Programs with an acceptance rate of 25%. Among the enrolled students, 107 (4%) held an LPN license.
In 2020, a total of 7,160 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 a combined new student capacity of 594 in 2020 (-10 seats compared to 2019).
The two other associate degree programs are located at Goodwin University (formerly Goodwin College, seat capacity of 192 students in 2020) and Saint Vincent's College at Sacred Heart University (seat capacity of 180).
The two programs had 1,394 qualified applicants in 2020 (+156 from 2019), of which 492 were admitted (35%), and 361 enrolled, filling 97% of the combined seat capacity of 372 students.
Four (4) state universities offer an RN program (baccalaureate degree):
Six (6) private universities offer an RN program (baccalaureate degree):
There are ten (10) 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 2020, its new student seat capacity was 104, and of the 172 admitted students 98 enrolled.
A total of 2,081 RN students graduated in 2020 (an increase of 127 from 2019). The majority of RN students graduated with:
Lincoln Technical Institute, Porter & Chester, and Stone Academy are the three organizations in Connecticut that provide LPN training. They operate 10 day programs and 10 evening programs across 10 towns.
In 2020, the total new seat capacity stood at 2,085 (-313 from 2019). Of 2,034 qualified applicants, 1951 were admitted and 8 waitlisted, resulting in 1,534 new enrollees in the 2020 calendar year, filling up 74% of all new seats.
In 2019 calendar year, 2,657 qualified LPN applicants applied and 2,419 (91%) got admitted, and of those admitted 1,519 enrolled, filling up 63% of available new seats.
In 2020, about 73% of all enrolled RN students were aged 17-25, and 85% were 30 or younger.
LPN students tend to be older than RN students. In the same year, 54% of all enrolled LPN students were over 30 years old.
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 in 2020 self-identified as white, about 13% as Hispanic or Latino, and 10% as Black or African American.
The majority of LPN students in 2020 self-identified as Black or African American (51%). About 20% were Hispanic or Latino, and 17% were white non-Hispanic.
Below is the breakdown of RN and LPN faculty members, both full- and part-time, by educational attainment.
Full-time RN faculty members tend to be older than their part-time colleagues. 50% of full-time faculty surveyed who indicated their age are over the age of 55, compared to just 22% for part-time faculty.
LPN faculty, both full- and part-time, tend to be younger than RN faculty. In fact, 49% of full-time faculty and 53% of part-time LPN faculty members are 50 and younger.
As the number of full-time faculty directly correlates to the "available seat capacity" offered at each of our RN programs, these data indicate that over 50% of our full time RN faculty are over the age of 55. It is imperative that the State of Connecticut allocate resources to support nurses to pursue doctoral degrees to fill the full-time faculty roles which will be available due to faculty retirements and the aging of our nurse faculty workforce.
Just like in previous years, in 2020 the overwhelming majority of RN and LPN faculty, both full- and part-time, are females. Under 1 in 10 respondents identified as male, and 9 respondents preferred not to disclosed their gender. No respondents identified as non-binary.
The charts below show race and Hispanic ethnicity breakdown both full and part time RN and LPN faculty. It is clear that the LPN faculty is much more diverse than the RN faculty.
Other category includes Native Americans, Native Hawaiian, and faculty
members who identify as 2 or more races. Unknown category includes non-US citizens
and faculty who chose not to disclose their race/ethnicity.
Hover over bar charts to see both counts and percentages.