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New Hampshire Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide contains important information on the many nursing programs available in New Hampshire. The state’s colleges and universities offer both bachelor’s and master’s in nursing programs with concentrations in nursing education, family nurse practitioner, nursing leadership, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. In addition to traditional, on-campus nursing programs, students also have the option of choosing an exclusively online nursing program. Online universities, such as Kaplan University, provide flexibility and convenience for students who want to earn an undergraduate or a graduate degree in nursing.

New Hampshire School Facts:

  • 9 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 5 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 3 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of New Hampshire Main Campus 77%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Colby-Sawyer College 37%.1
  • Highest net price*: Saint Anselm College $28,560.1
  • Lowest net price*: University of New Hampshire Main Campus $21,424.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in New Hampshire with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $26,905 – $35,810.2
  • No schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100.

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Following are several profiles of the many bachelor’s and master’s in nursing programs available in New Hampshire.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in New Hampshire

Plymouth State University
Plymouth State University’s four year, 120 credit Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The nursing curriculum follows a sequence with students going through the program as a cohort. Students are permitted to complete prerequisite coursework part time but must take classes on a full time basis when entering the nursing major. Nursing courses cover professional issues, teamwork and collaborative care, nursing leadership, health and wellness of older adults, and introduction to general psychology. Clinical practicums are mandatory and nursing majors may have to travel outside of Plymouth to clinical sites. Applications are due February 1 annually.

University of New Hampshire
The University of New Hampshire awards the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four year program. Nursing curriculum includes core nursing coursework, electives, labs, and practicums that provide students with valuable real world experience. Beginning the sophomore year, nursing students will take such courses as diseases and drugs, clinical integration, health assessment and nursing fundamentals, child health nursing, and clinical judgment in complex illnesses. Students who maintain a 3.75 GPA in nursing courses are eligible to take nursing honors courses. Current registered nurses, who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing, may want to opt for the RN to BSN program.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in New Hampshire

Rivier University
Graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Rivier University may choose from one of several tracks, including nursing education, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and leadership in health management systems. The nursing education track and the leadership track require 36 credits while the family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner tracks consist of 43 credits. In addition to core track courses, graduate students must complete clinical practicums at local healthcare facilities. The program generally takes two years to complete on a full time basis.

Franklin Pierce University
Franklin Pierce University confers the Master of Science in Nursing Education and the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership. The program generally takes two years to complete, with students taking two classes at a time, on a full time basis. Part time study is permitted. Students can fulfill degree requirements in a hybrid format with online classes and in the classroom at the Manchester, Lebanon, and Portsmouth campuses. The nursing department also features an RN to MSN program and a separate MSN program for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=NH&major=nursing&sort=best