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Registered nurses (RNs) fill a vital role in New Hampshire’s healthcare industry. The RN is responsible for designing a patient care plan that addresses all of the patient’s healthcare needs. To accomplish this, registered nurses frequently supervise a team of junior nursing staff, including licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). RNs also provide a range of direct medical care such as inserting intravenous lines, assessing possible medication interactions, and summarizing a patient’s health status for the medical staff.

New Hampshire’s aspiring RNs can choose from three prelicensure degree programs: associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). The ADN program is the quickest route to registered nursing licensure, requiring just two years of fulltime study. However, many healthcare employers are increasingly preferencing nurses with a bachelor’s degree in their hiring and promotion decisions. As a result, more and more nursing students are embarking on a four-year BSN program. The direct-entry MSN program is an excellent option for career switchers. It enables candidates with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to transition rapidly into the nursing profession.

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New Hampshire’s 12,000 registered nurses are employed at a range of healthcare facilities throughout the state, including Exeter Hospital and Elliot Hospital. The state’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $62,700. Nurses with a bachelor’s degree often receive top-quartile pay of $76,700 or more annually.

To provide a detailed roadmap for New Hampshire’s nursing students, we’ve listed below each of the state’s prelicensure RN degree programs.

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Boston suburbs

University of New Hampshire
  • Direct Entry MSN: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Great Bay Community College
  • 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
Great Bay Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.7% 2008 to 2012

Manchester / Nashua area

Manchester Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Nashua Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
MCPHS University - Manchester
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Saint Anselm College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
St. Joseph School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Rivier University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
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
Saint Anselm College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.7% 2008 to 2012
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

Other New Hampshire cities

NHTI, Concord's Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Colby-Sawyer College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lakes Region Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
River Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
White Mountains Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Keene State College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Plymouth State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
NHTI, Concord's Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.4% 2008 to 2012
Colby-Sawyer College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2012
Lakes Region Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2008 to 2012
River Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.4% 2008 to 2012
White Mountains Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.2% 2008 to 2012
Keene State College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Plymouth State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing