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Each aspiring nurse must choose which nursing position is the best fit for her career aspirations. Broadly speaking, nurses can pursue one of three roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or registered nurse (RN). Each role carries a unique job scope and requires a significantly different investment in one’s education.

Certified nursing assistant
CNAs are the first line of care for the sick, injured, and elderly. They help patients to eat and dress, assist with hygiene care, and provide medication reminders. New Hampshire’s CNAs must complete a brief training program of eight to ten weeks, and they must pass state certification exams. Nursing assistants in the Manchester and Nashua areas earn a median annual salary of $28,400.

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Licensed practical nurse
LPNs provide basic care as well, but they also perform a range of medical functions. Common duties include checking vital signs, dressing wounds, and monitoring medical equipment. New Hampshire’s LPNs must earn a certificate in practical nursing, which requires 12-18 months of study, and they must pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. LPNs in the Nashua and Manchester areas earn about $47,400 per year.

Registered nurse
RNs perform the most independent nursing role. They supervise a patient’s overall plan of care, manage a team of more junior nursing staff, and perform critical medical tasks like administering medications and intravenous lines. New Hampshire’s RNs must earn either an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or direct-entry master’s degree in professional nursing, and they must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. RNs in the Manchester and Nashua areas earn a median annual salary of $65,300.

Local employers such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Elliot Hospital, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester are frequently hiring new nurses to their ranks. To help the future nurses of Manchester and Nashua, we’ve profiled below the area’s accredited nursing schools.

Featured Schools

Manchester / Nashua area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Manchester Community College
1066 Front Street | Manchester, New Hampshire 03102
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Nashua Community College
505 Amherst Street | Nashua, New Hampshire 03063
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
MCPHS University - Manchester
1260 Elm Street | Manchester, New Hampshire 03101
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive | Manchester, New Hampshire 03102
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph School of Nursing
Five Woodward Avenue | Nashua, New Hampshire 03060
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Rivier University
420 South Main Street | Nashua, New Hampshire 03060
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Salter School of Nursing & Allied Health
670 North Commercial Street | Manchester, New Hampshire 03101
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Harmony Health Care Institute
Ten Al Paul Lane, Suite 204 | Merrimack, New Hampshire 03054
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road | Manchester, New Hampshire 03106
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Manchester Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 99.5% 2008 to 2012
Nashua Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.8% 2008 to 2012
MCPHS University - Manchester Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.2% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Saint Anselm College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.7% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2012
Rivier University Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2008 to 2012
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Salter School of Nursing & Allied Health Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Harmony Health Care Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 80.1% 2008 to 2012
Southern New Hampshire University MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion