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Community colleges, also known as vocational or career colleges, are great options for those interested in starting a nursing career. These colleges specialize in shorter programs; the longest degree they typically offer is a two-year associate’s degree, though some programs may be slightly longer. Community colleges in New Hampshire such as Manchester Community College, Lakes Region Community College, and River Valley Community College are cheaper than traditional four-year colleges, due to both lower cost per credit hour and shorter program duration.

Community college students can pursue the education to become a nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse (LPN), or registered nurse (RN) in order to land a job at local healthcare employers like Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Exeter Hospital, or Concord Hospital. To become a nursing assistant, students usually need to enroll in an eight- to ten-week program, while becoming an LPN typically requires 12 to 18 months of study. Students willing to dedicate two years to their nursing studies can graduate with an associate’s degree in registered nursing. The added advantage of attending community college is that several schools offer nighttime classes for students who need more flexibility in their schedule.

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With over 22,000 people employed in the nursing profession in New Hampshire, you’re sure to find the perfect position in your new career. To help you get started, consult the below list of the best community colleges in New Hampshire with nursing programs.

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Boston suburbs

Great Bay Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Great Bay Community College Portsmouth
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Manchester / Nashua area

Harmony Health Care Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Manchester Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Nashua Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Salter School of Nursing & Allied Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. Joseph School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Harmony Health Care Institute Merrimack
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Manchester Community College Manchester
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Nashua Community College Nashua
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Salter School of Nursing & Allied Health Manchester
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. Joseph School of Nursing Nashua
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Other New Hampshire cities

Lakes Region Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
NHTI, Concord's Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
River Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
White Mountains Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Lakes Region Community College Laconia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
NHTI, Concord's Community College Concord
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
River Valley Community College Claremont
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
White Mountains Community College Berlin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing