Best Ranked 9 RN
Programs in New Hampshire

RN Programs in New Hampshire

Ranked RN and BSN Programs in New Hampshire

After evaluating 1,209 ADN, 794 BSN, 2,022 campus and 383 online RN programs, we ranked RN programs against criteria nurses found to be most valuabale. We spent $27,700 on this unique list that has helped more than 3,000 nurses apply to the right program for their career goals. Find NCLEX passing scores, tuition rates, nursing program accreidtation, institution accreditation and more. Expore our RN-ADN and RN-BSN rankings for New Hampshire in the listings below.

Many universities in the state of New Hampshire offer RN and BSN programs that offer flexible options to busy, working nurses. Nurses who are interested in expanding their knowledge base, refining patient care skills, and developing professional practice are encouraged to pursue higher education. There are currently 20,548 registered nurses in New Hampshire. In addition, New Hampshire is a member of the nurse license compact. This means a candidate will be awarded a multistate license and be allowed to work in another compact state.

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Ranked Schools : 9

Evaluated Schools : 15

RN Programs in New Hampshire

Many community colleges in New Hampshire work under the New Hampshire Community College System.  This allows students to become an RN in their chosen community college.  Then, they can work on prerequisites for their BSN (third year of school) and transfer to a university  - the final year of the BSN program is completed at the tuition rate of the community college, or at a reduced rate.
See our methodology for ranking ADN and BSN programs.

RANKED 1

Manchester Community College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.9585199.17%

Manchester Community College

  • 1066 Front St, Manchester, NH - 03102-8518
  • (603) 206-8000

Manchester Community College is located in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Their nursing program has a variety of options – there is both full-time and part-time ADN programs.  There is also a practical nursing program and an LPN to RN program, which is a hybrid program, meaning that it utilizes both online and on-campus courses.

  • Campus: Manchester, NH
  • Net Price: $13,423.00
  • Enrollment: 2,898
  • Loan Default Rate: 12.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 32.25%
  • Graduation Rate: 17.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,500.00
  • Median Payment: $99.19
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 2

Nashua Community College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.7395194.79%

Nashua Community College

  • 505 Amherst St, Nashua, NH - 03063-1026
  • (603) 578-8900

Nashua Community College is located in Nashua, New Hampshire.  Their program is an associate’s degree program.  There is also an advanced placement option, which allows LPNs to enter the program during the spring semester of the first year.  Nashua Community College is also part of the Community College System of New Hampshire, which has a partnership with Granite State University.  This partnership allows graduates of certain community colleges to bridge the gap to their BSN degree, but at the cost per credit hour of their community college.

  • Campus: Nashua, NH
  • Net Price: $13,154.00
  • Enrollment: 2,242
  • Loan Default Rate: 13.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 19.32%
  • Graduation Rate: 16.60%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,250.00
  • Median Payment: $86.14
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 3

Great Bay Community College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.6815193.63%

Great Bay Community College

  • 320 Corporate Dr, Portsmouth, NH - 03801-2879
  • (603) 427-7600

Great Bay Community College is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  GBCC offers an associate degree RN program.  Their program is unique in that it allows students to earn certification for licensed nursing assistant (LNA) after Nursing I course and to take the NCLEX-PN to earn their LPN after the Nursing III course.

  • Campus: Portsmouth, NH
  • Net Price: $15,545.00
  • Enrollment: 2,122
  • Loan Default Rate: 10.50%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -0.14%
  • Graduation Rate: 10.40%
  • Median Borrowing: $8,250.00
  • Median Payment: $86.14
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 4

NHTI-Concord’s Community College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.4145188.29%

NHTI-Concord’s Community College

  • 31 College Drive, Concord, NH - 03301-7412
  • (603) 271-6484

NHTI – Concord’s Community College is located in Concord, New Hampshire.  They offer an ADN degree (generic) and an LPN to RN option.  They also offer an RN to BSN Public Pathway (with Granite State College) and an RN to BSN Pathway with Saint Anselm College; both pathways allow ADN graduates to complete their third year towards a BSN degree at NHTI before transferring to their chosen school to complete the program.

  • Campus: Concord, NH
  • Net Price: $15,815.00
  • Enrollment: 4,288
  • Loan Default Rate: 10.60%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: -10.21%
  • Graduation Rate: 20.30%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,833.00
  • Median Payment: $102.67
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 5

St Joseph School of Nursing RN Programs in NH [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.331186.62%

St Joseph School of Nursing

  • 5 Woodward Ave, Nashua, NH - 3060
  • (603) 594-2567

St. Joseph School of Nursing is located in Nashua, New Hampshire.  They offer an ASN degree. They also offer a one-year track for LPNs; this allows LPNs to have advanced placement into their ASN program.  The school of nursing is located in St. Joseph Hospital, and has graduated nurses (both RNs and LPNs, at different times in its history) since 1910.

  • Campus: Nashua, NH
  • Enrollment: 131
  • Loan Default Rate: 5.50%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Graduation Rate: 53.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $14,750.00
  • Median Payment: $154.01
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 6

River Valley Community College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.2215184.43%

River Valley Community College

  • One College Place, Claremont, NH - 03743-9707
  • (603) 542-7744

  • Campus: Claremont, NH
  • Net Price: $20,630.00
  • Enrollment: 987
  • Loan Default Rate: 13.10%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 31.27%
  • Graduation Rate: 23.70%
  • Median Borrowing: $11,000.00
  • Median Payment: $114.85
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 7

Rivier University RN Programs in NH [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.132182.64%

Rivier University

  • 420 South Main St, Nashua, NH - 3060
  • (603) 888-1311

  • Campus: Nashua, NH
  • Net Price: $26,072.00
  • Enrollment: 1,591
  • Loan Default Rate: 4.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 17.71%
  • Graduation Rate: 59.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $26,250.00
  • Median Payment: $274.08
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

RANKED 8

White Mountains Community College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 4.1305182.61%

White Mountains Community College

  • 2020 Riverside Road, Berlin, NH - 3570
  • (603) 752-1113

  • Campus: Berlin, NH
  • Net Price: $16,152.00
  • Enrollment: 937
  • Loan Default Rate: 14.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 8.99%
  • Graduation Rate: 48.80%
  • Median Borrowing: $10,104.00
  • Median Payment: $105.50
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

RANKED 9

Lakes Region Community College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

ADN

Overall Score: 3.9335178.67%

Lakes Region Community College

  • 379 Belmont Road, Laconia, NH - 3246
  • (6.0) 352-4E+13

  • Campus: Laconia, NH
  • Net Price: $14,841.00
  • Enrollment: 1,181
  • Loan Default Rate: 14.90%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 5.48%
  • Graduation Rate: 27.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $9,500.00
  • Median Payment: $99.19
  • Award Levels: Associate
  • Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

New Hampshire RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

When the candidate has completed, graduates should apply for permanent licensure. A temporary license may be issued if the candidate has completed 1,080 hours of nursing education. In addition, the candidate must submit a fingerprint based criminal background check. There will be a $120 application fee required for candidates applying for licensure by examination. Following this, the candidate must register with Pearson VUE to take the NCLEX and pay the $200 fee. The test can only be scheduled when the candidate received the official Authorization to Test. There are limits of how many times a nurse can attempt the NCLEX. An unsuccessful candidate may apply for a lover level of nursing if he/she prefers.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

RNs who are licensed in one of the other 50 states may apply for licensure by endorsement. The application fees are the same of those who apply by examination. However, there is a continuing competency requirement. Nurses who have not practiced the minimum number of hours will need to complete a refresher course or retake the NCLEX. The Board site lists approved courses, all of which include 40 hours of instruction and 80 hours of clinical.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Canadian nurses may be licensed by endorsement without having to take the NCLEX. The exemption applies to those nurses who took the exam in English prior to July 31, 1995. Registered nurses who were educated in foreign countries other than Canada must be certified through CGNFS or have a course-by-course evaluation of their credentials.

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Ranked Schools : 5

Evaluated Schools : 6

BSN Programs in New Hampshire

In order to enroll in a BSN program, candidates must submit the following:
  • Active New Hampshire RN license
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Official transcript
Most online campuses are available 24/7 and coursework is generally designed in the hybrid format. This means two classes must be completed on campus. Classes that are typical of an RN to BSN program may include:
  • Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • Legal and Ethical Foundations
  • Clinical Specialty Settings
  • Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Patient-Centered Assessments

RANKED 1

Colby-Sawyer College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.8765197.53%

Colby-Sawyer College

  • 541 Main St, New London, NH - 03257-7835
  • (603) 526-3000

Colby-Sawyer College is located in New London, New Hampshire.  They offer a BSN program and a MSN program.  Colby-Sawyer has a partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), which allows students to do the majority of their clinical rotations onsite at their facility.  They also actively seek the graduates of Colby-Sawyer for employment.

  • Campus: New London, NH
  • Net Price: $22,701.00
  • Enrollment: 1,409
  • Transfer Out Rate: 38.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 6.40%
  • Institution Accreditation: NEASC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: -6.33%
  • Graduation Rate: 52.70%
  • Median Borrowing: $25,870.00
  • Median Payment: $270.11
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 2

Saint Anselm College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.708194.16%

Saint Anselm College

  • 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH - 03102-1310
  • (603) 641-7000

Saint Anselm College is located in Manchester, New Hampshire.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  They have a state-of-the-art simulation lab, with the latest in simulation technology, including Simbaby, Simman, Birthing Mother and a Pyxis.  They also are proud to boast that they have 8 to 1 student to instructor ratios.

  • Campus: Manchester, NH
  • Net Price: $30,469.00
  • Enrollment: 1,923
  • Loan Default Rate: 1.90%
  • Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin, Registered Nursing, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Private Not-For-Profit
  • Net Price Change: 8.48%
  • Graduation Rate: 74.50%
  • Median Borrowing: $27,000.00
  • Median Payment: $281.91
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 3

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus RN Programs in NH [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 4.6225192.45%

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

  • 105 Main St., Thompson Hall, Durham, NH - 03824-3547
  • (603) 862-1234

University of New Hampshire is located in Durham, New Hampshire.  UNH offers a BSN program.  Their nursing department has a simulation laboratory that offers its students a clinical experience; the sim lab has mannequins, task trainers and other clinical equipment.  Nursing students who excel and maintain a high GPA are considered “honors in major” students and graduate with Honors in Nursing on their diploma.

  • Campus: Durham, NH
  • Net Price: $21,545.00
  • Enrollment: 12,516
  • Loan Default Rate: 2.90%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 16.85%
  • Graduation Rate: 79.90%
  • Median Borrowing: $26,125.00
  • Median Payment: $272.77
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 4

Plymouth State University RN Programs in NH [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 3.4485168.97%

Plymouth State University

  • 17 High Street, Plymouth, NH - 03264-1595
  • (603) 535-5000

  • Campus: Plymouth, NH
  • Net Price: $17,773.00
  • Enrollment: 4,065
  • Loan Default Rate: 6.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 21.09%
  • Graduation Rate: 56.00%
  • Median Borrowing: $25,000.00
  • Median Payment: $261.03
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED 5

Keene State College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: 3.1515163.03%

Keene State College

  • 229 Main Street, Keene, NH - 03435-1506
  • (603) 352-1909

  • Campus: Keene, NH
  • Net Price: $19,000.00
  • Enrollment: 4,799
  • Loan Default Rate: 4.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 20.44%
  • Graduation Rate: 63.20%
  • Median Borrowing: $25,000.00
  • Median Payment: $261.03
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

RANKED N/A

Granite State College RN Programs in NH [state_name]

BSN

Overall Score: N/A

Granite State College

  • 25 Hall Street, Concord, NH - 03301-3471
  • (603) 228-3000

  • Campus: Concord, NH
  • Net Price: $14,025.00
  • Enrollment: 1,723
  • Transfer Out Rate: 18.20%
  • Loan Default Rate: 10.30%
  • Institution Accreditation: NEASC
  • Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Offered as: Campus, Online
  • Type: Public
  • Net Price Change: 54.53%
  • Graduation Rate: 9.10%
  • Median Borrowing: $11,478.00
  • Median Payment: $119.84
  • Award Levels: Bachelor
  • Program Accreditation(s) :

New Hampshire RN Licensing Requirements

RN Licensure by Exam

When the candidate has completed, graduates should apply for permanent licensure. A temporary license may be issued if the candidate has completed 1,080 hours of nursing education. In addition, the candidate must submit a fingerprint based criminal background check. There will be a $120 application fee required for candidates applying for licensure by examination. Following this, the candidate must register with Pearson VUE to take the NCLEX and pay the $200 fee. The test can only be scheduled when the candidate received the official Authorization to Test. There are limits of how many times a nurse can attempt the NCLEX. An unsuccessful candidate may apply for a lover level of nursing if he/she prefers.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

RNs who are licensed in one of the other 50 states may apply for licensure by endorsement. The application fees are the same of those who apply by examination. However, there is a continuing competency requirement. Nurses who have not practiced the minimum number of hours will need to complete a refresher course or retake the NCLEX. The Board site lists approved courses, all of which include 40 hours of instruction and 80 hours of clinical.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Canadian nurses may be licensed by endorsement without having to take the NCLEX. The exemption applies to those nurses who took the exam in English prior to July 31, 1995. Registered nurses who were educated in foreign countries other than Canada must be certified through CGNFS or have a course-by-course evaluation of their credentials.

New Hampshire RN Job Outlook

The global healthcare environment is constantly evolving and becoming more complex. The American Nurses Association (ANA) recommends that nurses pursue higher education. The New Hampshire Nurse’s Association works closely with the American Nurses Association works closely with the ANA in the advocacy of nurses and patients in becoming a united voice. Registered nurses in New Hampshire enjoy a slightly higher average salary earning $67,930. Experience and education level help to determine the salary a nurse will make.

New Hampshire Registered Nursing Salaries

Manchester has the highest employment rate for registered nurses in the state of New Hampshire. The Western nonmetropolitan area of New Hampshire has highest hourly mean wage and annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Manchester, NH 2,610 $32.53 $66,870
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 1,690 $30.88 $62,270
Portsmouth, NH-ME 580 $31.89 $64,220
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 840 $30.03 $59,170
Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 730 $27.85 $57,110
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 2,090 $31.24 $62,620
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 2,270 $34.34 $70,170
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 710 $29.33 $59,460
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data

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