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Nursing Program At Danbury's WestConn Ranks Among Top In U.S.

Western Connecticut State University
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DANBURY, Conn. — Western Connecticut State University in Danbury has once again earned accolades for its nursing program – this time earning a ranking as one of the country’s top nursing schools and in the Top 20 schools in the New England region.

The Nursing Schools Almanac recently completed an inaugural ranking of U.S. nursing schools after collecting data on more than 3,000 institutions nationwide. WCSU’s nursing program was ranked 20th of nearly 150 schools in the New England region.

The WCSU Department of Nursing graduates 40 to 50 students annually from its pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. WCSU nursing students have achieved a NCLEX pass rate that has ranged from 94 percent to 100 percent every year over the past six years.

The school’s RN-to-BSN program is offered at two satellite locations: Naugatuck Valley Community College and Norwalk Community College.

The department also has Master of Science in Nursing programs for certification as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, both of which are designed for part-time study with evening courses. WCSU also has a collaborative doctoral program in nursing education.

“Health care facilities in Connecticut seek out our graduates because they are well prepared to enter the job market as graduate nurses,” said Joan Palladino, professor and department chair of the WCSU Department of Nursing. “We have grown in number while maintaining smaller class sizes, which helps students develop closer relationships with faculty.

"Our faculty are doctorally prepared and stay current clinically. The faculty and the curriculum provide the strong educational base that results in NCLEX success.”

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