The Connecticut Department of Labor reports that there are currently over 1,000 open RN positions across the state, which is considerably higher than the 350 estimated open LPN positions (2013). The demand for RNs is also approaching 20%, which reflects faster job growth than that of LPNs, which is currently 13% (Onet, 2013). RN annual salaries here are among the highest in the nation, nearly $10,000 above the national median earnings (O*net, 2013). 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.