Students in New Hampshire may choose to pursue careers as advanced practice nurses, registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs); educational programs leading to all three career paths are available in the state. Programs lead to diplomas, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. There are also a number of schools that offer bridge programs designed for currently licensed nurses to advance their degrees and careers to the next level. All nursing programs include practicum elements that allow for interaction with patients; many of these take the form of clinical rotations. Online programs, as well as full- and part-time programs are available. Some master's programs feature specialization options.
Below are the largest six public and four private schools in New Hampshire that offer nursing training.
Colby - Sawyer College
Colby - Sawyer College in New London offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the Nursing and Public Health Department. The curriculum includes clinical rotations and a capstone project. The school has a variety of partnerships with medical centers, such as the Concord Hospital and New London Hospital, that serve as locations for students to gain hands-on training. The degree program prepares graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination. The school also offers an online RN to BSN program for students who already hold a nursing license, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing program that prepares students for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification.
Franklin Pierce University
Located in Rindge, Franklin Pierce University allows students to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Graduate students may choose to specialize in nursing education or nursing leadership. The program features three track options, depending on a student's undergraduate education. All incoming students must have completed a minimum of a diploma or associate's degree program in nursing. Each track option requires students to complete courses in inferential statistics, global health issues, and healthcare payment systems. Those who don't have a bachelor's degree can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through the school's RN to BSN program.
Great Bay Community College
Great Bay Community College is found in Portsmouth. The Associate of Science in Nursing program allows students to prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination. Additionally, students may apply for the Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) credentials while completing their ASN programs. Coursework covers human anatomy, human growth, and microbiology. Clinical practice times may vary, so students should be prepared to complete this portion of the program evenings and/or weekends. Students have the option of completing the program on a part- or full-time basis.
Lakes Region Community College
Lakes Region Community College in Laconia offers an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), which trains students for the NCLEX-RN examination. Typically, this program takes two years to complete. However, LPNs can complete the ASN in just one year. Graduates are prepared to continue their nursing studies at the bachelor's or master's level, and this school has articulation agreements with a number of schools in the region that offer advanced degrees in nursing.
Manchester Community College
Located in Manchester, Manchester Community College has an Associate of Science in Nursing program designed to train individuals to care for patients in a variety of settings. This program prepares students for the NCLEX-RN examination. Coursework may include human anatomy, microbiology, and human growth and development. The nursing program also has articulation agreements with a variety of schools in the area, which allow students to continue their education at the bachelor's level.
Nashua Community College
Nashua Community College in Nashua features an Associate of Science in Nursing program that prepares students for the NCLEX-RN examination while training them to care for patients safely and effectively. LPNs may test out of up to seven credits of nursing courses. The school offers a plan of study that can be completed in two years and another plan that can be finished in three years. The school encourages students to continue on to a bachelor's program, and articulation agreements with several schools are in place.
NHTI - Concord's Community College
New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) was established in Concord in 1965 and became NHTI - Concord's Community College in 2008. The school currently has three nursing programs. The Associate of Science in Nursing program prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam. Those who are already LPNs may complete the LPN to RN track. Alternatively, there is a practical nursing diploma program available for those who wish to begin their careers as licensed practical nurses. The practical nurse diploma program can prepare students for the NCLEX-PN exam.
Rivier University in Nashua offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing. The Associate of Science in Nursing program allows students to train for the NCLEX-RN exam. There is also a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Clinical experiences in the ASN and BSN programs may be held evenings and weekends, and students are assigned to a location within 50 miles of the university. For those who are already RNs, the school features an online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, which prepares students for general nursing work or graduate studies. Graduate students may pursue a Master of Science in Nursing. The master's program features specialization options, such as family nurse practitioner, nursing education or psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. RU also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree which includes both practicum work and online courses and can be customized to suit the student's career interests.
Saint Anselm College
Saint Anselm College in Manchester offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through its Department of Nursing. BSN students may take courses in adult medical surgical nursing, child health nursing, nursing of childbearing families and professional nursing. These courses prepare students for the NCLEX-RN examination. The school also offers a hybrid-online RN to BSN Degree for registered nurses who hold an Associate of Science degree. The program is designed to accommodate working nurses and can be completed in as few as 15 months.
University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
Located in the city of Durham, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire provides comprehensive nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The BSN program trains students through a combination of classroom lectures and clinical experiences at local hospitals and community health agencies. Students can expect to take courses in maternal nursing, child health nursing, and public health nursing.
Master's and doctoral degree programs are also available for advanced nurse training. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is intended for post-master's students and requires 36 credits of coursework plus a dissertation. Students in this program must also complete at least 1,000 documented hours of clinical experience and get their work published in a peer-reviewed journal.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), individuals who wish to become nurses must complete an accredited educational program and pass a licensure examination in the state in which they choose to practice. The educational path for an RN is typically longer than the other nursing positions. The BLS noted that RNs typically need to pass the NCLEX-RN to become licensed, while LPNs and LVNs need to complete the NCLEX-PN.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nursing Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees 2018-2019*|
|Colby - Sawyer College||4-year; private, not-for-profit; distant rural|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN),
RN to BSN,
Master of Science in Nursing
|$42,398 (undergraduate), N/A for graduate program|
|Franklin Pierce University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; fringe rural|| RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN),
RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN),
MSN in Nursing Education,
MSN in Nursing Leadership
| $36,900 (undergraduate);
|Great Bay Community College||2-year; public; fringe town||Associate of Science in Nursing||$7,680 in-state, $16,480 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|Lakes Region Community College||2-year; public; distant town||Associate of Science in Nursing||$7,168 in-state, $15,968 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|Manchester Community College||2-year; public; midsize city||Associate of Science in Nursing||$7,520 in-state, $16,320 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|Nashua Community College||2-year; public; small city||Associate of Science in Nursing||$7,616 in-state, $16,416 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|NHTI - Concord's Community College||2-year; public; distant town|| Diploma in Practical Nursing,
Associate of Science in Nursing,
LPN to RN Advancement Program
|$7,680 in-state, $16,480 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|Rivier University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city|| Associate of Science in Nursing,
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN),
RN to BSN,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
| $32,140 (undergraduate);
|Saint Anselm College||4-year; private, not-for-profit; midsize suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN),
RN to BSN
|University of New Hampshire - Main Campus||4-year; public; small suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
| $16,986 in-state; $30,256 out-of-state (undergraduate);
$15,315 in-state, $28,275 out-of-state (graduate)
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.