Goodwin College Nursing Program Review

Goodwin College began as Data Institute Business School in 1962. It evolved and took on its current name in 1999. Goodwin received accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in 2004, after becoming a non-profit organization. It currently enrolls over 3000 students, and has the second largest nursing program in the state.

Nursing Programs

Associate in Nursing

The Associate in Nursing program was designed for working students, with day, evening, weekend and online courses available to students for their general education requirements. This is one of the largest and most popular nursing programs in the state. A two year course of study, students are also able to complete all of their prerequisites at Goodwin.

To be admitted to the nursing program, students must be enrolled in the college, take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Anatomy and Physiology exam with a score of at least 50% on it, have a 2.7 GPA or better in at least 14 credits of coursework, complete Math, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology with a C grade or higher, and qualify on the College Placement Exam to take English.

Students are advised to have completed Microbiology before entering the nursing program.

Applicants will be selected by their ranking in a point system based on prior degrees, completion of nursing or related courses, cumulative GPA, NLN pre-admission test, and hours of community service.

To graduate, students will have completed 25 General Education credits, 11 non-nursing core credits, and 35 nursing core credits. All nursing and science courses must have a grade of C or better. They must also pass the NLN exit exam.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to continue their education may do so and pursue an associate degree under the Connecticut Articulation Model. If they hold a current nursing license, they may take the 3 credit bridge course and a 1 credit clinical evaluation. If they pass both of these, they will receive 12 credits and advanced placement in the nursing program.

Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This RN to BSN program is designed to allow RNs to earn a bachelors degree in nursing. Students will receive up to 35 credits for prior education after successfully completing Foundations of Professional Nursing. This program takes 16 months to complete full time, 32 months part time, or can be customized to fit the needs of the student.

To apply to this program, students must be enrolled in Goodwin College, have a nursing diploma or associate degree, and be a currently licensed RN. This program requires at least 121 credits to graduate.

Other Health Care Related Programs

Associate in Medical Assisting Certificate

Medical Assistants are proficient in clinical and administrative skills. They work with physicians in doctors’ offices and clinics. Goodwin College offers both a Certificate and an Associate in Medical Assisting degree. Students enroll in both programs and earn their Certificate first, then continue on for their degree.

After graduating with an Associate degree, students will be allowed to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam and the Registered Medical Assistant exam.

Associate in Science Degree in Respiratory Care

Respiratory Therapists perform both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with patients of all ages. The program at Goodwin College will prepare students to take the entry-level and advanced practitioner level exams given to Respiratory Care Practitioners.

Paramedic Certificate

The Paramedic Certificate program at Goodwin College readies students to take the paramedic licensing exam for Connecticut. Graduates of the Paramedic Certificate program can apply their credits earned toward an Associate Degree in Homeland Security or Health Sciences.

Phlebotomy and Laboratory Services Certificate

Students in this program will learn laboratory skills, specimen processing, and quality control testing in a variety of clinical settings. Students that graduate the certificate program will be allowed to take the Registered Phlebotomy Technical examination.

Goodwin College
One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118

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