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Become a Registered Nurse in Connecticut - CT

How to Become an RN in Connecticut

There are three ways to obtain a license in Connecticut: by examination (if you are a recent graduate of one of Connecticut’s RN programs); by endorsement (if you are transferring a license that you qualified for in another state); and by reinstatement (if your license has lapsed). All three options have slightly different application requirements, as shown in this section. Applicants can find more details regarding these three avenues on Connecticut’s Department of Public Health website:

(www.ct.gov/dph/site/default.asp).


    To Obtain a License by Examination, an applicant should:

    1. Complete successfully an accredited and state-approved nursing program. Online programs are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    2. Take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses (applicants trained in programs outside the United States must successfully pass the CGFNS Qualifying Exam prior to taking the NCLES-RN exam). Register to take this exam at www.vue.com/nclex.
    3. Submit an application to the Connecticut Department of Public Health with a check for $180 and verification (transcript) of nursing education completion.

    Note:
    Applicants should not submit a Connecticut license application until such time as they are registered for the examination with the testing service. Once the state has approved the application, the testing service will send the applicant an “approval to test” (ATT) notification.

    To Obtain a License by Endorsement, an applicant should:

    • Submit an application to the Connecticut Department of Public Health with a check for $180.
    • Show proof of completion of a state-approved nursing program (transcript).
    • Verify all current and/or expired licenses held from other states or foreign countries. If you hold a license in Georgia or Illinois, it can be verified electronically, so no proof is required with the application.

    Note:

      • Nurses who hold a license from a state that does not require the NCLEX for licensure must complete the licensing requirements in Connecticut for license by examination. The NCLEX is a requirement in Connecticut, whether it’s taken instate or in another state.
      • Nurses who are currently licensed in another state or U.S. territory can apply for a 120-day, non-renewable temporary permit in Connecticut so they can practice while their Connecticut license is pending approval.

    To Obtain a License by Reinstatement, an applicant should:

    • Submit an application to the Connecticut Department of Public Health with a check for $180.
    • Prepare and present a written summary of his/her work experience since completion of nursing school, including any breaks in service and the reasons for them.
    • A letter from the most recent employer verifying employment history and clinical performance information.
    • Verify all current and/or expired licenses held from other states or foreign countries. If you hold a license in Georgia or Illinois, it can be verified electronically, so no proof is required with the application.

    Notes:

      • Nurses who have not been practicing for 3-5 years must take a refresher course. Nurses who have been out of the profession for longer than 5 years must take a refresher course and the NCLEX-RN exam.
      • Nurses who are currently licensed in another state or U.S. territory can apply for a 120-day, non-renewable temporary permit in Connecticut so they can practice while their Connecticut license is pending approval.

    Professional Nursing Resources in Connecticut

    The Connecticut Nurses’ Association – This organization is the voice for nurses across the state of Connecticut. It advocates for the nursing profession and for the general improvement of public health. It also provides a connection opportunity for nurses and other health professionals for networking and continuing education.
    http://www.ctnurses.org/

    Connecticut Department of Public Health – This agency oversees and regulates the licensing of all public health providers in Connecticut, including registered nurses.
    http://www.ct.gov/dph/site/default.asp

    Connecticut Student Nurses Association – This organization is the state chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA), and the only association for students in Connecticut’s accredited collegiate nursing programs.

    http://www.ctstudentnurses.org/

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