New Hampshire

Colby-Sawyer College
541 Main Street
New London, NH 03257
(603) 526-3000

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Colby-Sawyer's Nursing Department integrates the liberal arts and sciences with the professional education required for nursing practice and to prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). In addition to building a foundation in the liberal arts, the program's core components ensure that our students develop the knowledge and skills essential to the nursing practice and the professional role of the nurse. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center considers Colby-Sawyer its own undergraduate nursing program, and DHMC nurses help educate our students in the laboratory and clinical aspects of their education. The Nursing Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Nursing majors gain experience in professional settings beginning their sophomore year and graduate ready to choose from a number of career paths in healthcare. Colby-Sawyer nursing students train at the world-class Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 30 minutes north of campus, increasing their skills, practical experiences and opportunities as they enter the work force.

River Valley Community College
1 College Place
Claremont NH 03743

Associate of Science in Nursing
The associate degree nursing program prepares the student for beginning level of practice and for National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. Graduates are prepared to enter the nursing profession as responsible and caring individuals that can contribute value to their communities. Upon graduation, students are qualified for immediate employment in a variety of settings.. Information on program accreditation can be obtained at the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission The nursing curriculum provides a contemporary and quality education and is fully approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. Questions on State Board of Nursing requirements can be addressed to Values of competence, holism and integrity give meaning and direction to the student’s developing RN role. Using the nursing process, nursing knowledge, the registered nurse role, and the wellness continuum, graduates use critical thinking to practice as a novice graduate registered nurse. The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program offers four sequential clinical nursing courses which students complete over two years. Each course uses classroom learning, facilitated-lab experience and faculty supervised clinical experience to prepare students to provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families and groups. Using a model of skill acquisition researched by Patricia Benner, and a self-care framework, faculty guide students to develop the capacity to provide increasingly complex nursing care. Entering students must have completed a nurse assistant curriculum and be licensed as a Nurse Assistant within the State of NH.

Practical Nursing
The Practical Nursing Program prepares students for licensure as licensed practical nurses. Upon graduation students are prepared to work as entry level members of a multidisciplinary team providing care to clients in a variety of health care settings. The Practical Nursing Program promotes a self-directed approach to learning throughout the student's seminar, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Students participate actively in their learning process through involvement in regularly scheduled seminars, laboratory and clinical work, and ongoing self evaluation. Students are regularly involved in group work that helps them develop the collaborative skills necessary for today's nursing practice, as well as providing them with a greater sense of community. Students and faculty meet during scheduled seminars to discuss theoretical knowledge to skills and other related nursing care in the laboratory and clinical settings. Students regularly utilize faculty as resources, and mentors to assist them in their learning process.

Rivier University
420 South Main Street
Nashua NH 03060

Associate of Science in Nursing
On the undergraduate level, the University offers a part-time associate of science degree. The associate degree program in nursing is proud to report that the NCLEX pass rate for 2012 is 92 percent—2 percent above the national average.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Rivier's Division of Nursing (DON) has programs at the AS, BS and MS levels and is the only school in New Hampshire where all programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This nursing accreditation means that the programs have met nationally recognized standards and criteria for educational quality in nursing. The DON was notified in March of 2011 that all programs had achieved re-accreditation for the maximum period of eight years. This was the first time in the history of the DON that the process included all programs, which has led to the best possible outcome.

On the undergraduate level, the University offers a part-time associate of science degree; a full-time, four-year professional track baccalaureate degree, and a flexible RN to BS program for registered nurses. Rivier has affiliation agreements with agencies throughout New England.

Master of Science in Nursing
Rivier’s graduate nursing programs prepare professionals for positions in advanced practice nursing and/or to teach in schools of nursing or other healthcare settings. Students in the program develop state-of-the art skills that prepare them to excel in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. The M.S. degree program in Nursing reports that for the year 2012, the NP certification rate was 100 percent.

Saint Anselm College
A Catholic Benedictine Liberal Arts College

100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, New Hampshire 03102
(603) 641-7000

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Department of Nursing offers three programs in nursing education: a four-year baccalaureate program, a RN-to-BSN program to current RNs holding an associate degree in nursing, and a continuing nursing education program. The degree program in the department leads to the bachelor of science degree in nursing (see course sequence below). Courses in the department are not applicable to the bachelor of arts degree.

Students will be admitted to the RN to BSN program who have graduated from accredited associate degree nursing programs. Applicants must hold a current registered nurse license. If the applicant has not worked in the role of a registered nurse within the last five years, a competency lab and medication/math exam will be scheduled and must be passed with a score of 90 percent or higher. Students may apply for admission throughout the year and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

St. Joseph School of Nursing
5 Woodward Avenue
Nashua, New Hampshire 03060

Associate of Science in Nursing
St. Joseph School of Nursing offers an Associate of Science in Nursing program leading to a degree in nursing and eligibility to take the licensing examination in New Hampshire or to seek licensure in other states. The program of education includes organized instruction in the scientific, cultural, spiritual and social aspects of nursing with correlated learning experiences. The program is open to both men and women and is designed to lead to an Associate of Science degree in nursing. The curriculum extends over a 2-year period of five semesters and consists of 75 credit hours with 55 theory credits, 7 laboratory credits, and 13 clinical credits. The two-year track is scheduled to begin in September of each year and consists of a five-day week with classes held between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Clinical days have varied start times.

The ASN degree program also offers a one-year track for licensed practical nurses. The advanced placement student begins their education during the Summer Semester beginning in May or in the Fall Semester beginning in September. Nursing career mobility opportunities are also provided.

Practical Nurse Refresher Course
St. Joseph School of Nursing Practical Nurse Refresher Course is offered to meet the needs of LPN's who have not been active in practice for a maximum of seven years. The curriculum is a total of 148 hours of theory and clinical experience.

University of New Hampshire
The College of Health and Human Services
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
The University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The curriculum is divided into biological, social sciences, and humanities as a foundation for courses in the major; and nursing courses, which emphasize relationship-based care, reflective thinking, clinical decision making, and the use of evidence-based guidelines to develop quality and safe clinical skills. Clinical experiences are offered in area hospitals and in community health agencies. The senior year culminates in a capstone practicum in which students apply curriculum concepts in a precepted clinical experience.

Registered nurses with an unencumbered registered nurse license who meet university admission criteria may pursue, on a full- or part-time basis, a bachelor’s of science degree with a major in nursing. Nursing major courses are offered using online, hybrid, and face-to-face formats. Face-to-face courses may be held on the Durham campus or select off-campus sites.

Graduate Nursing Program
The Graduate Program in Nursing currently offers three clinical practice tracks: family nurse practitioner (FNP), clinical nurse leader (CNL), and evidence-based nursing. Within the evidence-based nursing track, students can complete a program of study in clinical nursing education. All tracks prepare nurses for evidence-based practice through critical inquiry using a variety of instructional modalities.

Doctor of Nursing Practice
The purpose of the DNP is to prepare clinically focused advanced practice nurses who are capable of translating knowledge into the clinical setting. DNP prepared practitioners address the multiple strengths and weaknesses in the current health care systems through roles as leaders, educators and agents of change. The transfer of knowledge by DNP graduates positively impacts the development of individuals, families, communities, society and the discipline of nursing.Students previously enrolled in a CCNE-accredited, DNP program will be allowed to transfer two courses or 6 credits into the UNH DNP program. Waiver of required courses based on transfer courses will be determined by the Doctoral Program Director in collaboration with the Department of Nursing Student Affairs Council and The Graduate School.

White Mountains Community College
2020 Riverside Drive
Berlin, NH 03570
(603) 752-1113

Associate of Science in Nursing
The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares the student for practice as a registered nurse. The program offers multiple entry/exit options. Students who are beginning their nursing education enter the program at Level I. After successful completion of Level I, students are eligible to take the National Council for Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in New Hampshire based on comparable education, and have the option of exiting the program or returning for the second year (Level II). Licensure by comparable education may not be recognized by the licensing agency in every state. Applicants who are Licensed Practical Nurses enter the program at Level II. Students who successfully complete Level II are eligible to take the National Council for Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Practical Nursing
After successful completion of Level I, students are eligible to take the National Council for Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in New Hampshire based on comparable education, and have the option of exiting the program or returning for the second year (Level II).