Associate Degree in Nursing

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Start on your path to becoming a registered nurse with Goodwin's associate degree in Nursing

Turn your passion for helping others into a rewarding career. As a nurse, you can make this world a better place for your patients through the provision of quality, compassionate care. You will care for people of all ages, promoting optimal health.

Goodwin University offers you the ability to complete the nursing coursework towards your associate degree in Nursing in as few as 20 months part-time.** For your convenience, most classes are offered days and evenings. Clinical experiences are chosen by lottery and there are day, evening and weekend options available.

How it works

Our associate degree in Nursing is a selective admission program. You may apply into the program only after completion of all required prerequisite coursework. While completing your required prerequisite coursework, you will also be able to register for classes in our bachelor's degree in Health Science. Once you have applied and been accepted into our associate degree in Nursing program, you will be then able to take the core nursing classes towards your associate degree in Nursing.

Upon completion of your degree, you will take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become licensed as an RN. Once you have passed the NCLEX and are licensed as an RN, you may wish to complete your bachelor's degree in Nursing.

Our students

Hundreds of our nursing graduates work in hospitals and health care centers throughout Connecticut. Employers identify our graduates as exceptionally caring and compassionate individuals who deliver safe, quality care. A Goodwin Nursing degree can open up a new world for you, one that includes career satisfaction, prestige, and a great sense of making a difference in the lives of others.

** Additional time is required to complete prerequisite courses.

You've got better things to do than sit in traffic commuting to class.

We have convenient campus locations in East Hartford and Bridgeport*, so you can get to class quickly and get on to a great career as an RN. Clinical site options include numerous nursing and healthcare facilities throughout Connecticut.

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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.