The Connecticut Department of Labor shows there are regularly over 1,000 open RN positions each year across the state. The demand is growing annually by 13 percent. RN salaries here are among the highest in the nation. Seasoned nurses with cath lab, labor and delivery or post anesthesia care unit (PACU) experience can earn salaries reaching into the six figure range. The state's articulation plan allows LPNs to enter an ADN program in the third semester with a 12 to 16-credit advance after completing a three-credit online bridge course and a one-credit classroom course.
Accredited LPN-to-RN programs in Connecticut include:
Goodwin College: The school is based in East Hartford but LPNs will take the initial online articulation bridge portion of the ADN program through Charter Oak College via distance learning. The one-credit classroom session takes place at Goodwin's East Hartford campus. Upon completion, a 12-credit advance is given and LPNs begin the regular program with level 200 courses, which are only offered in the Spring.
St. Vincent's College: After completing the online bridge course, students will take the one-credit classroom portion of the articulation program at the school's Bridgeport campus. LPNs receive a 16-credit advance toward the 72-credit ADN major. The program takes approximately two years to complete.
Three Rivers Community College: Upon passage of the state articulation online bridge course through Charter Oak College, students enter the college's Norwich campus at the third semester level. At the time of placement, the program takes approximately one year to complete as a full-time student.