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April 12, 2024

State OKs new LPN program at Goodwin University

Contributed The Goodwin University campus in East Hartford.

East Hartford-based Goodwin University has received state approval to launch a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate program to help address the ongoing statewide nursing shortage.

The state Department of Public Health’s Board of Examiners for Nursing approved the certificate program on April 4, allowing the school to admit its first cohort of students this May. 

The program will be offered at Goodwin’s East Hartford campus as well as at the University of Bridgeport campus in Bridgeport.

With the LPN certificate program, Goodwin rounds out its range of nursing programs, which include an associate degree in nursing (RN), an accelerated bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN), an RN-to-BSN program, a master of science in nursing (MSN), an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) family nurse practitioner program, and an APRN psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program.

It launched its first nursing program in 2004.

The LPN program is led by Dr. Vivienne Friday, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, and Karyn Therrien, director of the LPN program.

"LPNs are critical members of a healthcare team, and we're incredibly excited to have gained approval from the state to enroll our first cohort of LPN students this summer," Therrien said. "With teaching facilities in both East Hartford and Bridgeport, along with our wide-ranging suite of nursing programs, we're proud to be helping to address the state's nursing shortage head on while creating a reliable pathway into healthcare careers for hundreds of students every year."

Students can earn an LPN certificate in 16 to 28 months, with options for both full- and part-time classes, and will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).

LPNs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, private clinics and rehabilitation centers.

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