Find a nursing school near you

Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

New Hampshire’s healthcare industry is growing rapidly, and the Boston suburbs are no exception. This metro area has three critical nursing roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN). Each role carries unique responsibilities, educational requirements, and compensation.

Nursing assistants provide direct bedside care for their patients. For example, CNAs may help patients eat and bathe, change their bed linens, or provide incontinence care. Nursing assistants need only complete a brief training course of eight to ten weeks and successfully pass the state certification exams. CNAs in the Boston metropolitan area earn roughly $30,000 per year.

Find a school

While licensed practical nurses also provide direct bedside care, they perform important medical functions as well like checking vitals, dressing wounds, and preparing injections. New Hampshire’s LPNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate program, and they must successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. LPNs in the Boston metropolitan area earn an impressive $53,300 annually.

Registered nurses take an autonomous role on the nursing team. They provide critical medical care by administering medications and operating medical equipment, they direct the patient’s overall plan of care, and they frequently supervise teams of more junior LPNs and CNAs. New Hampshire’s RNs may follow one of three education pathways: two-year associate’s degree, four-year bachelor’s degree, or direct-entry master’s degree. Regardless of pathway, all candidates must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination before practicing. RNs in the Boston metropolitan area earn a whopping $84,400 per year.

New Hampshire’s nurses can seek employment with a broad range of local healthcare providers, including Aureus Medical Group and Parkland Primary Care. To kick-start the journey, we’ve profiled below each of the accredited nursing schools in the state’s Boston suburbs.

Featured Schools

Boston suburbs nursing schools by NCLEX score

University of New Hampshire
105 Main Street, Thompson Hall | Durham, New Hampshire 03824
  • Direct Entry MSN: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Drive | Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of New Hampshire Direct Entry MSN 98.8% 2010 to 2012
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.4% 2008 to 2012
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Great Bay Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.7% 2008 to 2012