Over 130 Years of Tradition
Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing looks toward the future. In our rapidly-evolving healthcare environment, demands and expectations are constantly shifting with respect to the manner in which care is delivered and how professionals are educated. One of those trends is a shift toward a baccalaureate-level degree as the expected entry-level job credential for nursing graduates and an associate-level degree for the surgical technologists.
- Established in 1884 as one of only 15 nursing schools in the United States
- In 1905 a Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN) graduate, Miss Mary L. Bolton, became the first nurse in Connecticut (CT) to become registered after the CT Nurse Practice Act became law
- Through the years, BHSN has been recognized for graduates with clinical excellence and consistently high licensure (NCLEX-RN) pass rates
- 2016 Nursing Schools Almanac names BHSN a top nursing school
- #2 in the U.S. among vocational & community colleges (two-year schools)
- #31 Nursing School in the New England Region (all program types e.g., diploma, BSN, etc.)
- Today, BHSN is the last operational hospital-based Diploma RN Nursing program in CT
Shifting to a New Era
In a message from William M. Jennings, Executive VP, Yale New Haven Health & President and CEO of Bridgeport Hospital and MaryEllen H. Kosturko, Senior VP of Patient Care Operations & School of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer.
"BHSN is at a historic crossroad, ending the era as a diploma program and beginning the integration to a BSN program at the University of Bridgeport."
See BHSN closure plan announcement