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Four-year colleges and universities embody the traditional college experience, where students matriculate immediately after high school, live on or near campus for four years, and eventually earn a bachelor’s degree in their field of choice. However, more and more students are applying to four-year colleges well after their high school graduation, interested in pursuing a particular career.

At most four-year colleges, students receive a general education in addition to the specialized education related to their field of interest. For example, in New Hampshire, students pursuing a degree in nursing will also take classes in English, history, and government at schools like Colby-Sawyer College and Franklin Pierce University. Additionally, many four-year universities have an active campus life, giving any and all students an opportunity to become involved in clubs and organizations.

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Many four-year universities also offer graduate programs. While a two-year associate’s degree is sufficient to become a registered nurse, many employers these days are looking to hire graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree makes students even more attractive to prospective employers; in fact, many schools offering graduate degrees allow students to continue their education at the same school.

New Hampshire employers such as Catholic Medical Center and Parkland Medical Center often look to hire graduates who have invested four or more years in their nursing education. The state’s registered nurses earn an average of $62,680 per year. Those with baccalaureate or higher education can earn even more, as the top 25% of nurses make over $76,730 annually.

To start your career as a registered nurse in New Hampshire, consult the following list of accredited four-year nursing schools in the state.

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Boston suburbs

University of New Hampshire
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of New Hampshire Durham
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner

Manchester / Nashua area

MCPHS University - Manchester
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Rivier University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Anselm College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern New Hampshire University
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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MCPHS University - Manchester Manchester
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Rivier University Nashua
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Anselm College Manchester
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other New Hampshire cities

Colby-Sawyer College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Franklin Pierce University
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Keene State College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Plymouth State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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Colby-Sawyer College New London
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Franklin Pierce University Rindge
  • Graduate Certificate: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Keene State College Keene
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Plymouth State University Plymouth
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion