How to Become a Nurse in Connecticut

The Connecticut Board of Nursing controls licensing in the state of Connecticut. This board is a subsection of the Connecticut Department of Health. Students hoping to receive their nursing licenses may attend nursing programs in Connecticut or outside of the state that meets the board’s standards. Currently, there are more than 34,300 registered nurses (or RNs) in the Nutmeg State, and their hourly wage is $38.56, with an annual mean wage that is greater than $80,000 per year. You can learn about the licensing requirements for CNAs, LPNs, RNs, and APRNs in Connecticut below.

How to Get Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification in Connecticut

In Connecticut, nursing assistants are called certified nurse aides (CNAs) and are certified by the Connecticut Department of Health. Individuals applying to be placed on the state’s nursing aide registry must complete a nursing training program approved Department of Health. Students must complete this program within 24 months of applying to become a nurse’s aide in Connecticut.

There is a printable application available on the board’s website, and students must submit their completed application to Prometric, the testing administrator, along with the $118 exam fee. Students must have the training information section of the application filled out by the instructor who trained them during their nurse aide education program. The exam contains both a written and practical test, and students must pass both. After successful completion of these requirements, nurse aides will be placed on the state registry.

Connecticut nurse aides must become recertified every 24 months. To do so, they must show that they worked at least one eight-hour shift as a CNA and that they were given monetary compensation for this time. There is no required renewal fee for nurse aides in Connecticut.

How to Get a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) License in Connecticut

Students hoping to obtain a Connecticut nursing license as an LPN must complete nursing programs that meet the requirements of the board. That is, programs that are at least 10 months long, where students are able to complete 1,500 hours or more of nursing theory. Applications for Connecticut LPN licenses require successful completion of the NCLEX-PN exam after the individual submits their application. However, the individual must be registered for the exam with Pearson Vue, the testing administrator, online before submitting their application.

Students will need to submit their transcripts showing the diploma, degree or other certificate received via their nursing program and a $150 application fee. When the applicant receives their Authorization to Test document, which will be sent to the testing service, they are approved to take the exam.

Those renewing their licenses must pay $70 to renew on a yearly basis. However, there is no requirement for continuing education for LPNs in Connecticut.

How to Get a Registered (RN) License in Connecticut

There are two main paths to obtaining an RN license in Connecticut. Individuals with a valid out of state RN license can receive a Connecticut nursing license by endorsement, in which the Connecticut Department of Health verifies the existing out-of-state license and approves the candidate as an RN in Connecticut. The second method is licensure by examination, in which a candidate must complete an approved nursing program and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN exam in order to be licensed.

In addition, students must fill out an application online, pay a $180 application fee, and send in an official transcript that verifies their nursing degree. Once their applications are received and deemed eligible, students may pay the $200 examination fee and sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.

RNs are required to renew their licenses on a yearly basis. However, RNs are not required to complete continuing education for license renewal. License renewals must be obtained online through the Connecticut State Department of Public Health. The fee for a renewal application is $110.

How to Get an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License in Connecticut

Connecticut nursing licenses for advanced practice registered nurses require the individual to hold a current registered nurse license in the state of Connecticut and have a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist certificate from one of the following nationally recognized organizations: American Nurses Credentialing Center, National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, or American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Connecticut advanced practice registered nurse licenses require that licensees complete 30 education hours of pharmacology for advanced nursing and have a master’s degree in a specialized, related field. They must be able to submit a verification of their certification, their transcript and their completed application along with the $200 fee. Individuals must submit applications online through the state board’s website.

Those who hope to renew their licenses must pay a renewal fee of $130 and renew every other year.