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Healthcare is one of the top three industries in New Hampshire. The state is home to ten major hospitals and hundreds of smaller facilities that employ thousands of healthcare workers. The state’s healthcare workforce includes 830 nurse practitioners (NPs), 12,720 registered nurses (RNs), 2,160 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 8,620 certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

Although the healthcare industry here is thriving, jobs are still competitive. Earning a degree or certificate from a top nursing school will help you get your foot in the door. Some of the best nursing schools in the Claremont-Lebanon metropolitan area are Plymouth State University, River Valley Community College, and Vermont Technical College. Collectively, these schools offer nursing degrees and certificates across the employment continuum. The type of program required will depend on your chosen nursing role.

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Nurse practitioners are among the highest-paid advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). To become an NP, you must first gain licensure as a registered nurse. After passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), you will then earn a master of science in nursing (MSN), doctor of nursing practice (DNP), or doctor of philosophy (PhD) in your chosen focal area of nursing. Common nurse practitioner focal areas include gerontology, family practice, neonatal care, and cardiology.

RNs must hold either a diploma in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or a direct-entry MSN degree. They must also pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination. LPNs must complete a state-approved prelicensure certificate or associate’s degree program and pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. CNAs must finish a brief accredited training program and pass a state certification test.

Graduates are prepared to seek positions at major area hospitals such as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, and Valley Regional Hospital. Local nursing salaries are very competitive. Nurse practitioners in the state of New Hampshire earn an average of approximately $106,000 annually. The average salary in the Claremont-Lebanon metropolitan area is $72,000 for RNs, $45,000 for LPNs, and $30,000 for CNAs.

You can start your nursing career today by perusing our list of the top accredited nursing schools in the Claremont-Lebanon metropolitan area. We’ve profiled them in detail below.

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Claremont-Lebanon nursing schools by NCLEX score

River Valley Community College
One College Place | Claremont, New Hampshire 03743
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Plymouth State University
17 High Street | Plymouth, New Hampshire 03264
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vermont Technical College
One Main Street | Randolph Center, Vermont 05061
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
River Valley Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.4% 2008 to 2012
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Plymouth State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vermont Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion