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Connecticut Nurse Practitioner Certification

NPs in Connecticut are referred to by the Department of Public Health as "advanced practice RNs" (APRNs). Connecticut APRNs are considered to be primary care providers, with more than half of them working in primary care settings. In fact, the Department of Public Health does not list specialties for APRNs. APRNs can hold hospital privileges; however they are required by law to work collaboratively with physicians. As long as this relationship is in place, they can prescribe, dispense, and administer medications, including controlled substances.

Connecticut APRNs may diagnose and treat patients, establish and execute management plans for acute or chronic disease or illness, and educate patients on how to prevent disease or illness and promote good health. If they hold a current certification from the AANA, they may prescribe and administer anesthetics during surgery, but the supervising physician must be present.


In order to be certified in Connecticut, you must hold a Connecticut license as an RN and successfully complete 30 hours of education in pharmacology for advanced nursing practice. You also must have earned a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing or a related field. Schools that offer this program include: Lincoln Technical Institute, Quinnipiac University, and Goodwin College. Online accredited programs, found at: Kaplan University, Walden University, Jackson University, and University of Phoenix, are comparable to campus-based programs. For clinic studies, online faculties arrange clinical sites in the students’ local areas.

After obtaining a master’s degree, you will be eligible to earn national certification as an NP, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist. Among the certifying agencies recognized by the state of Connecticut are: ANA, PNCB, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), AANP, NCC for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, and AANA.

The average APRN in Connecticut earns in excess of $90,000 per year. Salary rates vary depending on location and experience.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014