Nursing Degree Programs

A milestone education in nursing

Whether you're looking to get into the field of nursing, or want to advance your skills further and perfect the quality of care you provide, Goodwin has the program you need to achieve your goal! We offer nursing degrees at associate, bachelor's, and master's levels.

Career entry programs

Associate degree in Nursing (RN) program
Take the first step in your nursing career and become a Registered Nurse! Our associate degree in Nursing will prepare you with the skills and experience you need to begin working in the field as an RN. At Goodwin, you have the ability to complete the coursework for your associate degree in Nursing in as few as 20 months part-time*. Learn more about our associate degree in Nursing program.

*Additional time required to complete prerequisite courses

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program
This program is geared towards individuals that already have a bachelor's degree (minimum 3.0 GPA to qualify) in a non-nursing major from a regionally-accredited college or university. This accelerated second bachelor's degree program will allow you to get licensed as an RN and working in the field quickly. Learn more about our ABSN completion program.

Career advancement programs

RN-to-BSN completion program
After you pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and are licensed as an RN, you may continue on to complete your bachelor's degree in Nursing at Goodwin. The curriculum for our RN-to-BSN Degree program can be completed part-time in 16 months or uniquely designed to fit your needs. For added flexibility, the RN-to-BSN curriculum is offered completely online allowing you to complete your degree while working and managing life's other responsibilities. Learn more about our RN-to-BSN completion program.

Master's in Nursing (MSN) program
Our master's degree in Nursing will take your career to the next level and prepare you for a leadership or managerial role in the field of nursing. Designed to accommodate the busy schedule of a working RN, our MSN program can be completed fully online and part-time in as few as 20 months. Learn more about our MSN degree program.

Master's in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program
It's never too late to learn something new. Learn to master holistic practices that help you see the whole patient-care picture. Seek stability. Seek fulfillment. Seek a school that's flexible for you. Our FNP program can be completed online and in as few as 27 months year-round. Already have your BSN? Perfect! Learn more about our FNP degree program.

Master's in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program
Master your education in mental health and make your dreams of becoming a psychiatric-nurse practitioner possible. Teach patients how to positively handle stress while promoting healthy life choices. Learn to holistically care for patients' well-being across the life span and lead the way to a rewarding career that will continually influence and improve communities. Learn more about our PMHNP degree program.

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The associate degree Nursing program at Goodwin University at the campus located in East Hartford, Connecticut is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000

* Goodwin University's associate degree in Nursing program, offered at our Bridgeport campus location, is pending approval from the CT State Board of Examiners and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

The NCLEX first time pass rate for the year May 1, 2019–April 30, 2020 was 85.22% according to the NCSBN. Program completion rate within 150% of the permissible time frame for the Nursing program is 98% (September 2019–August 2020). Between 7/1/2019 and 6/30/20 there were 181 graduates. 100% of the December 2020 graduates attained a score of 77% or greater on each of the end of program student learning outcomes.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (RN-to-BSN and ABSN) at Goodwin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Goodwin University is a member of SARA and therefore can offer our RN-to-BSN program to residents of other SARA states.

The RN-to-BSN program was granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in February 2016, valid through December 31, 2021. The ABSN program, which was offered for the first time in Fall 2019 per CCNE is included under this initial BSN accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for Spring of 2021.

Secondary to the delay in ADN graduates being able to take the NCLEX related to COVID 19, graduates from the associate degree program at Goodwin University only, may be admitted to the RN-BSN track and take NUR 300 and NUR 310 without an RN license. This interim policy became effective for the April 2020 graduates and will remain in place until NCLEX testing centers resume their regular scheduling processes.

The master's degree program in Nursing at Goodwin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Goodwin University is a member of SARA and therefore can offer our MSN program to residents of other SARA states.