The 10 Best Nursing Schools in Connecticut

Debra Riley


We have made the task of finding the best nursing schools in Connecticut a little easier with this easy to navigate list. It gives you some details about the nursing programs on offer. As always the “best” is impossible to define – everyone’s needs are different – but this list will definitely help you find schools and programs that are the best for you.

Connecticut is very well served for nursing programs in some top quality schools. This state is also in the top 10 best paid states for several nursing careers. Check out our nurse salary in Connecticut page for a detailed look at nursing wages for the state.

Top Rated Nursing Schools in Connecticut

1. University of Connecticut – Avery Point

1084 Shennecossett Rd, Groton, CT

The best nursing school in Connecticut is Avery Point. They have special CEIN/BS nursing degree programs, however anyone who wishes to apply for this program it is required that possible students already have a bachelor’s degree in a different subject and wish to earn a baccalaureate nursing degree.

2. Yale University

400 West Campus Drive, Orange, CT

Founded in 1923, Yale University is one of the best nursing schools in the entire state of Connecticut. One of the programmes here requires no previous nursing experience and to complete it you must spend two terms and a summer as well as take up the specialization sequence which takes two years.

3. Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, CT

At this nursing school, to apply you have to be a first time, full time undergraduate student. If students finish their first years as an undergraduate and maintain or exceed their GPA requirements they then have a choice to take the Registered Nurse licensure examination and also they are eligible to apply for any Master of Science Nursing Program.

4. Naugatuck Valley Community College

750 Chase Pkwy, Waterbury, CT

At this community college, Naugatuck Valley are really mindful of their students. With two campuses, one in Waterbury and the other in Danbury, it makes distance to travel there much shorter for some students. They offer courses at daytime, in the evenings and even on weekends for students who need it. If students are looking to save money, their first two years of a bachelor’s degree could save thousands of dollars as this is a community college.

5. Western Connecticut State University

181 White St, Danbury, CT

Another nursing school located in Danbury is Western Connecticut State University. Westerns nursing education begins in either a student’s second year sequence or in their sophomore year. This means a total of three years education is offered at this nursing school.

If you want to apply the university will take many things into consideration before they decide to accept you. Your GPA, completion of prerequisite courses and academic history in other colleges are all looked at before deciding whether or not you are capable of studying to a high level here.

6. Three Rivers Community College

574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT

The main program on offer at Three Rivers is their Associate in Nursing program. This nursing school has consistently been over the national average with graduation being at 93%. Their graduates have report a 100% job placement on the previous three graduate surveys.

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7. University of Connecticut – Waterbury

99 E Main St, Waterbury, CT

If you are an undergraduate and wish to attend this nursing school, their undergraduate nursing courses are offered at a different campus, the Storrs campus. If however you are not an undergraduate, on the curriculum are all the building blocks you will need to help you make clear progression to becoming a nurse.

8. Southern Connecticut State University

501 Crescent St, New Haven, CT

At this nursing school, both graduate and undergraduate programs are available. The graduate program provides the necessary education for students who wish to achieve a masters of science degree in the future. The undergraduate program offers a total of three different curriculum, a four year program, an Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) program and a RN/BS program. If a student wants to take up the ACE program, it is required that they have a BA/BS degree in another field.

9. University of Connecticut – Stamford

1 University Pl, Stamford, CT

The program of this nursing school is identical to that of University of Connecticut – Waterbury. This is because despite it being within the same university, these two school are located in different locations in Connecticut and this one has a lower graduation rate than the school in Waterbury.

10. University of Connecticut – Storrs

The last nursing school on this list is one that was mentioned earlier, the Storrs campus is the undergraduate program offered at the University of Connecticut. This campus is only for undergraduate students and the other two campuses to this college in Waterbury and Stamford are for any graduate students at the University of Connecticut.

As you can see from this list – Connecticut has some great opportunities for student nurses and nurses looking for continuing education.We have some other resources for this state – check out our list of the Best Hospitals in Connecticut – great for finding a high quality workplace.

Something a little more specialist? CRNA Schools in Connecticut provides a list of programs for training to be a nurse anesthetist – another great career step! Lastly check out my guide on how to create a great nursing CV.

Good luck in your search!