Community College Nursing Program

A four-semester, associate degree program offered at six community colleges. Graduates earn an Associate in Science degree in Nursing and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses.

About the Program

4 Semesters, 68 Credits

A 4-semester, 68-credit program awarding an Associate in Science Degree. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and can apply for licensure through the CT Department of Public Health.
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Accredited & Approved

All programs are approved by the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing with the consent of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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Application Period

The application period for the nursing program is November 1 - February 1 each year. All CT-CCNP applicants must complete the online nursing program application and submit all related documentation to the Admissions Office at the College of First Choice by the February 1st deadline. The "College of First Choice" is the college that the applicant would most like to attend.

Applicants may select a 2nd choice college at the initial time of application which will eliminate the necessity to apply to more than one college. An applicant should only list the college(s) to which s/he would be willing to commute.

Late applications and transcripts will not be accepted.

Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available online on November 1, 2014.

How to Apply

Please note: Applicants without a community college net ID must first submit a general college application to their college of first choice. Please visit the website of your college of first choice for more information.

After November 1st, please use the following steps to access the online application:

  • Go to
  • Login using your NetID & password (for example:
  • Click on the "Student" tab
  • Click on the "Banner Self-Service" link (upper right corner of the page)
  • Click "Student Records"
  • Click "Nursing Program Application for 2015-2016"

It is recommended that applicants use a pc rather than a mac when attempting to access the online application. Please make sure your browser allows pop-ups.

Please make sure to read the instructions before submitting your application (link to instructions is located in the upper-left corner of the application webpage).

Once your online application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please note, all emails will be sent to your new community college email address. You can look up your new email address in myCommNet or using the NetID Lookup Utility at Please sure to have an updated mailing address and phone number in Self Service.

Notification regarding admission into the program is done through Self Service. No acceptance letters will be mailed.

Contact if you have questions regarding the CT-CCNP application.

Applicants with an LPN License

LPN Graduates from the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHS)

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is in place for CT-CCNP applicants that have graduated from an LPN program at one of the Connecticut Technical High Schools. This MOU is in place for LPN's that graduated from a CTHS beginning in 2010. Please note, the application process does not vary for LPN candidates.

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The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) participates in the Connecticut League for Nursing Articulation Model for Nursing Education Mobility for LPN's. To be eligible for articulation, the LPN must:

  • Hold a current license to practice as an LPN in Connecticut.
  • Satisfy all the CT-CCNP admission requirements.
  • Submit a CT-CCNP application and be admitted to the program. Please note, the application process does not vary for LPN candidates.

Once admitted, LPN candidates will be advised as to their placement within the CT-CCNP. For an LPN to begin the program in the third semester (NUR*201), the following requirements must be met:

  • Complete the required general education courses of the first year of the CT-CCNP with a grade of "C" or higher (BIO*235, PSY*111, PSY*201 & SOC*101).
  • Successfully complete the Connecticut LPN Transition Bridge Course at Charter Oak State College (NUR 190) and the college-based CT-CCNP LPN transition course (NUR*130).

Students must attain a final grade of 80% (B-) in Charter Oak State College's (COSC) NUR 190 to be eligible to take NUR*130 and to qualify for advance placement into the third semester of the CT-CCNP (NUR*201). Based upon course and space availability, students may be eligible to re-take COSC NUR 190 and/or NUR*130. Students who are unsuccessful in either COSC NUR 190 or NUR*130 are not eligible to advance place into NUR*201. Students who remain unsuccessful in one or both courses will be eligible to begin the program in NUR*101. Space in NUR*101 may not be available at the college of first choice; the student must be willing to begin the nursing program at any of the six colleges with available space in NUR*101.

Applicants are encouraged to seek advisement from one of the contact persons listed below prior to the application process. If admitted to the program, a student must contact the individual listed below for advisement regarding advanced placement.

College/University Contact
Capital Community College Nancy Casey - 860.906.5161
Gateway Community College Mary Beth Banks - 203.285.2388
Naugatuck Valley Community College Mary Manka - 203.596.8657
Northwestern CT Community College Connie Hotchkiss - 860.738.6372
Norwalk Community College Bill Chagnon - 203.857.7090
Three Rivers Community College Jamie McCutcheon - 860.215.9286

Internal Transfers Applying at the End of the Third Semester

A student must complete 25% of the program at the college of graduation. A student requesting transfer at the end of the third semester would have less than 25% of the program remaining. In this situation, a student would do the following:

  • Apply for internal transfer following the requirements listed above. Candidate would be ranked with all other internal transfer requests.
  • If candidate is approved, he/she will request permission to take course(s) at the preferred college, and transfer these courses back to the college of graduation.

Internal Transfer Students

An internal transfer student is a CT-CCNP student who wishes to transfer to another nursing program within the CT-CCNP.

In accordance with the 2013-2014 CT-CCNP Nursing Student Handbook (page 14), the following requirements must be met to be considered for an internal transfer:

  • A written request is submitted to the Nursing Director at the college where the student is currently enrolled. Written requests are due by January 2nd for spring semester, by July 1st for fall semester and by May 1st for the summer semester (Northwestern CT only).
  • Transfer can only occur following successful completion of NUR*101.
  • Transfer will occur prior to the start of a semester; mid-semester transfers will not be considered.

Transfer requests are evaluated by the Nursing Directors at the transferring and receiving colleges. Acceptance for transfer to another college within the CT-CCNP is based on availability of openings and faculty and clinical resources. In the event there are more transfer applicants than available openings at a specific college a ranking system will be applied. Students may only transfer one time during the four semester nursing program.


Application for External Transfer Nursing Students is available for download. Download (pdf)

External Transfer Nursing Students

An external transfer nursing student is defined as a student who has successfully completed one or more nursing courses within the last 18 months at a program outside of the Connecticut Community College system, and wishes to transfer in these courses for advanced placement. Students who wish to transfer nursing courses with a clinical component from another college or university will be considered for transfer after the following requirements have been met:

  • The applicant completes the CT-CCNP application for external transfers, and submits the application to the Admissions Office at the college of first choice. Applicants must meet all nursing program admission requirements. Completed applications are due by July 1st for fall semester requests, January 2nd for spring semester requests and May 1st for summer semester requests (Northwestern CT only).
  • A written request for evaluation of nursing course work and nursing course descriptions must be submitted to the Admissions Office at the college of first choice along with the CT-CCNP application. Requests will be forwarded to the Nursing Director at the college of first choice. Written requests are due by July 1st for fall semester requests, January 2nd for spring semester requests and May 1st for summer semester requests (Northwestern CT only).
  • External transfer candidates must have a minimum 3.0 Nursing GPA. The Nursing GPA is based only on the college courses with grades that meet the nursing admission and nursing program curriculum requirements. The Nursing GPA is a calculation specific to CT-CCNP applicants and may differ from your college GPA. (please note: if an applicant is using a course from a Fresh Start semester to meet a nursing admission or program curriculum requirement, that course will count in the calculation of the applicant's Nursing GPA.)
External transfers will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications for external transfer applicants are available at the colleges or can be downloaded from the website.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total credits applicable to the nursing degree must be granted by the college awarding the degree. No more than thirty credit hours of non-traditional credit may count towards the nursing degree. Nontraditional credit includes CLEP, DSST, Challenge Exams, Military Service Schools, and Assessment of Prior Learning.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credit evaluation for nursing applicants is done by the College of First Choice.
  • Nursing Courses
    Nursing credits from another college or university will be considered for transfer after a written request for evaluation of nursing course work has been received by the Nursing Director at the College of First Choice.
  • Non-Nursing Courses
    In accordance with transfer of credit guidelines set forth by the Board of Trustees, courses which meet nursing program requirements will be accepted by the CT-CCNP. Once an applicant earns credit at the College of First Choice, transfer credit for the same course from another college will not be granted.
  • Credits Earned Outside the United States
    Transcripts need to be evaluated by the "Course By Course" option through the World Education Services Inc, PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, New York 10113 or another approved site and submitted to the College of First Choice. Contact the College of First Choice for additional information.

Transfer Grades

Grades from colleges not regionally accredited will not be accepted in transfer. A minimum grade of "C" is required unless otherwise noted by the admission requirements. A grade of C+ will be determined when the college does not use plus (+) and minus (-) by having the student be responsible for providing the proof that the grade is a C+. A numerical grade of 77-79 will be considered a C+.


Information Sessions

Prospective applicants are advised to attend an information session. Please check below for the latest dates and times.
Date/Time College Location
3/26/2015 - 5:00 PM Gateway Community College N100
4/29/2015 - 10:00 AM Gateway Community College S412 A and B
5/12/2015 - 1:30 PM Gateway Community College S412 A and B
3/03/2015 - 3:00 PM Housatonic Community College Beacon Hall, Room 135
4/28/2015 - 1:00 PM Middlesex Community College Wheaton Hall, Room 311
3/10/2015 - 3:30 PM Naugatuck Valley Community College Ekstrom Hall, room E315
4/14/2015 - 3:30 PM Naugatuck Valley Community College Ekstrom Hall, room E315
4/27/2015 - 3:30 PM Naugatuck Valley Community College Ekstrom Hall, room E315
5/04/2015 - 3:30 PM Naugatuck Valley Community College Ekstrom Hall, room E315
3/24/2015 - 12:00 PM Quinebaug Valley Community College Danielson Campus, room W101
3/19/2015 - 10:00 AM Tunxis Community College 600 Building - Room 6-127/128
4/16/2015 - 3:00 PM Tunxis Community College 600 Building - Room 6-127/128
3/24/2015 - 4:30 PM Manchester Community College Great Path Gymnasium
4/27/2015 - 3:00 PM Manchester Community College LRC A108
4/29/2015 - 5:00 PM Quinebaug Valley Community College Room 9

College Contacts

Please contact your college of first choice with your questions.

College/University Contact
Capital Community College Mike Kriscenski - 860.906.5040
Gateway Community College Mary Beth Banks - 203.285.2388
Naugatuck Valley Community College Noreen Cerruto - 203.575.8079
Northwestern CT Community College Joanne Nardi - 860.738.6330
Rebecca Ozerhoski - 860.738.6420
Norwalk Community College Bill Chagnon - 203.857.7090
Three Rivers Community College Jacqueline Phillips - 860.215.9279

Nursing Scholarships

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AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Fund
AfterCollege, the leading employment website for nursing/allied health care students and the Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) have partnered to offer this scholarship program to students pursuing a baccalaureate (BSN), master's, or doctoral degree in nursing. Awards will be in the amount of $2,500.

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AORN Foundation Scholarship
The AORN Foundation Scholarship Program offers financial support to students enrolled in nursing schools and perioperative nurses pursuing bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees. With the critical nursing shortage and the cost of higher education, the AORN Foundation Board of Trustees knows it is of the utmost importance to fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in nursing and for nurses advancing their professional careers.

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Campus RN
CampusRN has launched a new scholarship program in conjunction with the creation of the CampusRN state edition network. This nationwide scholarship features scholarship winners from six different regions across the country in which CampusRN has launched state edition sites. CampusRN will award six $2500 scholarships to a needy and deserving nursing student in each region.

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Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
The National Nursing Challenge Scholarship is a scholarship program based on nursing curriculum. The majority of the questions were written by nurses, faculty, and nursing students. Participants vie for scholarship money based on taking a series of short multiple choice quizzes at the CKSF website. The winner is determined through a combination of time and accuracy in answering the question. This program is available to college nursing students in the United States.

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Connecticut Nurses Foundation Scholarship
Many nursing students/researchers have benefited from the Connecticut Nurses Foundation Scholarships. Applications are due by June 15th unless otherwise stated. Preference is given in awarding scholarships to Connecticut residents who will attend Connecticut schools or nursing and have a commitment to practicing nursing in Connecticut.

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Connecticut Student Nurses' Association Scholarship
The Connecticut Student Nurses' Association (CSNA) historically awards five $500 student scholarships per academic year. All Connecticut undergraduate nursing students who are members of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) are eligible and encouraged to apply. Selections will be based on the student's personal statement, advisor recommendation, and essay.

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Daughters of the American Revolution
The Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who are in financial need and are accepted and enrolled into an accredited school of nursing. Deadline is Feb. 15 yearly.

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This scholarship search website provides information on hundreds of nursing scholarships.

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Emergency Nurses Association
The scholarship will be awarded to pre-hospital personnel (EMT or EMT-P) who have been accepted into an undergraduate nursing program. The scholarship winner will also be awarded a complimentary one year ENA.

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Hartford Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Scholarship
The Alumnae Association of the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing has created a scholarship program for HHSN graduates and their families, as well as Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living nurses who have been employed for at least 6 months.

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Health Resources & Services Administration
The NSP awards scholarships to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in accredited RN training programs. Scholarship recipients receive tuition, fees, other educational costs and a living stipend in exchange for at least 2 years of post graduation service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

Scholarship applicants must be U.S. citizens (born or naturalized), or nationals or lawful permanent residents and must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a professional RN program (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree, or diploma) at an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory may apply.

In addition, the U.S. Public Health Service-Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions provides scholarships to full-time financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in health professions and nursing programs, including associate, diploma, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the cost of attendance (tuition, reasonable educational expenses and reasonable living expenses).

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Joan McCabe Nursing Scholarship
The third annual Joan McCabe Nursing Scholarship Fund will be awarding two $500 scholarships to two nursing students who are enrolled in an accredited nursing program. Applicant must be in at least the second year of their program. Please visit to read more about who Joan McCabe was, to learn why this is such a special scholarship and to request an application. Applicants will be evaluated based on academic achievement, community/volunteer service involvement. Submission requirements must be met by the deadline stated on

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Military Spouse Scholarship Program
The National Military Family Association's Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post secondary or graduate school. Scholarships range in amount from $500 to $1,000, and the number awarded each year varies depending on funding.

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National Student Nurses' Association
The FNSNA undergraduate scholarships are awarded each academic year in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Completed applications are due in January. Winners will be notified in March. Only winners will be notified. Additionally scholarship sponsors and recipients will be recognized at the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) Annual Convention during the awards ceremony. If you need further assistance, please contact the FNSNA at (718) 210-0705.

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A national database for potential nursing scholarships.

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Rhode Island Student Loan Authority
Due to a nursing shortage in Rhode Island, legislation has been passed that grants interest free loans for the first four years of repayment to approximately 250 qualified graduates each year. To be eligible, nursing students must have financed their education with a Stafford Loan through the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA). To qualify, applicants must be a Rhode Island licensed registered nurse, performing nursing services in Rhode Island. They must also be employed by a licensed Rhode Island health care facility and work a minimum 20 hours per week with responsibility for patient care.

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The Southern Connecticut Black Nurses' Association, Inc.
Nursing Book Awards. At least two book awards will be presented in the amount of $500 each. The awards are given to minority students to help defray the cost of textbooks for nursing students. Students who identify themselves as belonging to an ethnic minority group and who are currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate nursing program are encouraged to apply for the awards.

SCBNA Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary Minority Nursing Student Scholarship. Two $750 scholarships will be awarded to active SCBNA student members. The scholarship is funded by Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary. The students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in an accredited undergraduate nursing program.

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Talbot's Women's Scholarship Fund
The Talbots Charitable Foundation 2012 Talbots Scholarship Foundation and the inaugural Nancy Talbot Scholarship Award, which is presented in memory of the founder of Talbots. This program empowers women to enrich themselves through learning and achieve a college education later in life.

Up to ten (17) scholarships of $10,000 and one (1) $30,000 scholarship will be awarded. Only applicants seeking a bachelor's degree are eligible to receive the Nancy Talbot Scholarship Award. Awards are one-time only, are not renewable, and are paid in U.S. currency. Awards are for undergraduate study only. Only the first 5,000 eligible applications submitted will be processed.

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Educational Advancement for CT-CCNP Graduates

The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program supports advancement in nursing through education. Graduates of the CT-CCNP have the opportunity to continue their education at a number of baccalaureate and advanced degree programs throughout the state and beyond.

Nursing Education Fairs (pdf)
College representatives will be available to discuss options for earning your bachelor's & master's degrees in nursing. Most colleges in attendance have articulation agreements in place for CT-CCNP graduates.

Below is a list of colleges in Connecticut that have articulation agreements with the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program. The agreements are in place for students who graduate from the CT-CCNP beginning in spring 2010.

Agreement College/University Contact
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
Central CT State University Myrna Garcia-Bowen, 860.832.2285
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
Fairfield University Carole Pomarico, 203.254.4000x2711
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
Goodwin College Dr. Rosemary Hathaway, 860.727.6738
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
Sacred Heart University RN-BSN Admissions
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
Southern CT State University Dr. Mary Ann Glendon, 203.392.6481
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
St. Vincent's College Dr. Sharon Makowski, 203.576.5478
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
University of Hartford Carla Fuller, 860.768.4213
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
University of Saint Joseph Dr. Katie Love, 860.231.5735
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
University of Wisconsin- Green Bay (online) Jan Malchow, 877.656.1483
RN-BSN Agreement (pdf)
Western Connecticut State University Nicole Kullberg, 203.596.8750
RN-MSN Agreement (pdf)
Sacred Heart University RN-MSN Admissions
RN-MSN Agreement (pdf)
Yale University School of Nursing Melissa Pucci, 203.737.2258