The Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) is a four-semester, associate degree program offered at six Connecticut Community Colleges. Graduates are awarded an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
About the Program
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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC).
- Capital Community College- Hartford
- Gateway Community College- New Haven
- Naugatuck Valley Community College- Waterbury
- Northwestern Connecticut Community College- Winsted
- Norwalk Community College- Norwalk
- Three Rivers Community College- Norwich
Program OverviewThe Nursing Program is a four-semester program which, upon successful completion, awards an Associate in Science Degree. Sixty-eight credits are required for graduation. The general education courses and nursing courses are sequenced to build from fundamental skills to complex critical thinking skills.The nursing program - challenging in nature - demands that mathematics, science, social science and English skills be used as building blocks to further a student's knowledge of the nursing practice.
All CT-CCNP students are required to complete a three-credit humanities or fine arts elective.
Electives Chart (pdf)
Information SessionsProspective nursing applicants are strongly advised to attend a Nursing Information Session conducted at the Colleges.
Technical StandardsAll students must be capable of performing the skills of a nursing student. These technical standards reflect reasonable expectations of the RN student for the performance of common functions of the registered nurse. In adopting these standards the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program is mindful of the client's right to safe and quality health care provided both by our students and graduates. The RN student must be able to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to function in a broad variety of clinical situations.
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Educational Advancement for CT-CCNP GraduatesThe Connecticut Community College Nursing Program supports advancement of 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.
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 2014-2015 academic year will be available online on November 1, 2013.
Attention 2013-2014 Applicants
Applicants who are ineligible
for the 2013-2014 academic year will be notified by mail during the week of March 19th. Please make sure your mailing address is up to date in Self Service!
Applicants who are eligible
for the 2013-2014 academic year will be notified of their admission status (accepted or waitlisted) in mid-April through Self Service under the link "2013-2014 Nursing Admission Decisions" located on the "Student Records" Tab. Please note, NO acceptance letters will be mailed this year; all documents for accepted students will be available for download on Self Service. Please note, acceptance letters will only be available on Self Service until May 1, 2013. Applicants that are waitlisted will receive further information in the mail in mid-April.
How to Apply
After November 1st, please use the following steps to access the online application:
- Go to http://my.commnet.edu.
- Login using your NetID & password (for example: email@example.com).
- 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 2013-2014."
It is recommended that applicants use a pc rather than a mac when attempting to access the online application.
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. The email will be sent to the address listed in Self-Service section. If this is not your current email address, please update your email address in Self-Service section prior to submitting your application. To update your email, select the "Personal Information" tab once you are in the Self-Service section.
Please note, after January 1, 2013 all emails will be sent to your new community college email address. You will be able to look up your new email address in myCommNet or using the NetID Lookup Utility.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding the CT-CCNP application.
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.
Applicants with an LPN License
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.
|Capital Community College||Nancy Casey - 860.906.5161|
|Gateway Community College||Mary Beth Banks - 203.285.2388|
|Naugatuck Valley Community College||Mary Manka - 203.575.8657|
|Northwestern CT Community College||Connie Hotchkiss - 860.738.6372|
|Norwalk Community College||Bill Chagnon - 203.857.7090|
|Three Rivers Community College||Kelly Richmond - 860.885.2335|
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 2012-2013 CT-CCNP Nursing Student Handbook (page 13), 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.
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.
ApplicationApplication for External Transfer Nursing Students is available for download.
External Transfer Nursing StudentsAn 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.)
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 CreditsTransfer 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 GradesGrades 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+.
College ContactsAlways contact your college of first choice with your questions.
|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||Brenna Jaskiewicz - 860.892.5778|
Nursing ScholarshipsClick title to read more:
AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Fund
AORN Foundation Scholarship
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
Connecticut Nurses Foundation Scholarship
Connecticut Student Nurses' Association Scholarship
Daughters of the American Revolution
Emergency Nurses Association
Hartford Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Scholarship
Health Resources & Services Administration
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).
Joan McCabe Nursing Scholarship
Military Spouse Scholarship Program
National Student Nurses' Association
Rhode Island Student Loan Authority
The Southern Connecticut Black Nurses' Association, Inc.
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.
Talbot's Women's Scholarship Fund
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.
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.
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.