Past Programs

The following programs are closed and no longer available at BHSN as of June 2, 2017:

  • Nursing Diploma
  • Surgical Technology
  • Sterile Processing

Bridgeport Hospital is committed to supporting healthcare trends in education. One trend is a shift toward a baccalaureate-level degree as the expected entry-level for nursing graduates and an associate-level degree for the surgical technologists.

Nursing Diploma

Traditionally a three year diploma school, the program later transitioned to a two year curriculum. Today, BHSN has transitioned their nursing program to a baccalaureate degree program (BSN) at the University of Bridgeport (UB). Also, UB has begun an articulation program for RN nursing graduates with a diploma or associate degree desiring to advance their education to a BSN.

For more information:

Accreditation & Approval

The nursing diploma program was originally accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 1952 and has maintained its accreditation with ACEN, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, (formerly NLNAC) up to its closure. Also, BHSN has maintained state licensure with CT Department of Public Health. The National College Credit Recommendation Services (NCCRS) has evaluated all the BHSN nursing courses for equivalent college credit and can be contacted for the course exhibits through [email protected].

Accreditation - Nursing
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly NLNAC) 
3343 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 850 
Atlanta, GA 30326 

Licensure Approval - Nursing
State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing
410 Capitol Avenue, MS #13PHO
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

College Credit Approval - Nursing
National College Credit Recommendation Service
University of the State of New York 
89 Washington Avenue, Room  971 EBA
Albany, NY 12234 

Program Outcomes

In the 2016 rankings of U.S. nursing schools, Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN) has been named the #2 school in the United States among vocational, career, and community colleges (two-year schools). BHSN has also been ranked as the #31 Nursing school in the New England region (out of 150 schools considered). Assessments and rankings were conducted by Nursing Schools Almanac.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
First-Time Takers
Class of Dec 2014 32/32 100%
Class of May 2015 49/51 96%
Class of Dec 2015 33/34 97%
Class of May 2016 48/53 91%
Class of Dec 2016 29/30 97%
Class of May 2017 TBD  

Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing continued to achieve high pass rates up to its last graduating class in May 2017.

Surgical Technology

The Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Program of Surgical Technology began in 1996 and has graduated its last Surgical Technology class in June 2016.

Bridgeport Hospital has made the decision to transfer the current Surgical Technology (ST) curriculum to Housatonic Community College (HCC) where an associate degree can be granted.

Refer to HCC website for future ST program.

The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) has declared the associate degree in surgical technology to be the preferred educational model for entry-level practice. AST recommends the change to take place by 2021. In support of this recommendation, BHSN desires to align the ST program with the changes in healthcare today.

Accreditation & Approval

BHSN has applied for inactive status with Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) at which time approval for transfer of sponsorship to Housatonic Community College is being submitted.  

Accreditation-  Surgical Technology
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Approval-Surgical Technology & Sterile Processing
Connecticut Office of Higher Education
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, CT 06103

Program Outcomes

Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing- Surgical Technology Program has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technology (CST) examination for the last graduating class of 2016.

Assessment Exam Pass Rate (benchmark is = 70%): 
Class of 2015-2016: 100%

Job Placement Rate-12 months post-graduation (benchmark is = 80%):
Class of 2014-2015:  93.7%
Class of 2015-2016: 100%

Retention Rate- (benchmark is = 60%):
Class of 2015-2016: 80%

Sterile Processing

The Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Program of Sterile Processing has graduated its last class in February 2017. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Certificate of completion providing eligibility to sit for the Sterile Processing Technician certification examination.

The Sterile Processing program will be transitioning to Housatonic Community College. Please continue to check HCC website for announcements about the Sterile Processing Technician, a non-credit Allied Health program.


Certificate of Authorization
Connecticut Office of Higher Education
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, CT 06103

Certification Approval
Certification Board of Sterile Processing & Distribution
148 Main Street, Suite C-1 Lebanon, NJ 08833