Become a Nurse in Connecticut – Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Connecticut Board of Nurse Examiners before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/6/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Connecticut
Nursing Licenses in Connecticut Master’s Required?
Advanced Practice Nurse Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No
Certified Nurse Aide No

Connecticut Nursing Salaries

Connecticut Nursing Salaries
CT Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Annual Mean Wage New Haven Annual Mean Wage Hartford Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $56,970 $59,260 $56,790 $56,650
Registered Nurse $81,220 $83,290 $83,250 $80,240
Nurse Practitioner $118,020 $141,460 $115,780 $111,280
Nurse Anesthetist $190,480 $197,370 $191,990 Not Available
Nurse Midwife $111,340 Not Available Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Connecticut in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Connecticut. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Connecticut, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Connecticut nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Connecticut, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Connecticut is not a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Connecticut

According to the Connecticut Nursing Practice Act, Advanced practice registered nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-III drugs in collaboration with a physician.

Advanced Practice Nurse in Connecticut

Education: Master’s Degree or Higher from an Advanced Practice Nurse Program, 30 hours of Pharmacology Education

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: Board-Approved National Certification for nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist.

Fees:

  • $200 Application Fee
  • Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience: Additional experience requirements may be needed for some certifications.

Renewal: All licensees can expect to receive a renewal application approximately 60 days prior to expiration. At least 50 completed continuing education hours within the last two years is required.

Additional Information: An active Connecticut registered nurse license is required for application.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Connecticut

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $180 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee
  • $110 Renewal Fee

Renewal: All licensees can expect to receive a renewal application approximately 60 days prior to expiration.

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a registered nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Connecticut

Education: Completion of a practical nursing program that includes 1,500 hours of theory over no less than ten 10 months. Half of the contact hours must be in supervised direct client care experiences and observational experiences.

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $150 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Experience: Individuals who complete practical nursing programs that include less than 1,500 hours of direct client care experiences and observational experiences may substitute clinical work experience as a graduate or licensed practical nurse.

Renewal: All licensees can expect to receive a renewal application approximately 60 days prior to expiration.

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a licensed practical nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $150 application fee is required.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the nursing careers above: advanced practice nurses, registered nurse and licensed practical nurse was retrieved from the Connecticut Department of Public Health Practitioner Licensing, as of January 2020.

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  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
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  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

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