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 multi-state license and be allowed to work in another compact state.

In our New Hampshire RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key New Hampshire RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of New Hampshire, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

New Hampshire RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 9 6
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 89.87% 87.12%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 83.65% to 97.33% 69.12% to 97.84%
Average Net Price $16,954.00 $20,918.83
Average Net Price Range $13,154.00 to $26,072.00 $14,025.00 to $30,469.00
Average Student Loan $11,937.44 $23,412.17
Average Student Loan Range $8,250.00 to $26,250.00 $11,478.00 to $27,000.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in New Hampshire

Best Ranked RN Programs in New HampshireTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both New Hampshire and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 9 ADN degree programs and 5 BSN degree programs in New Hampshire. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in New Hampshire to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

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98.15 ADN Lakes Region Community College 1 25 Laconia Public Campus ACEN See School Details
96.99 ADN NHTI-Concord's Community College 2 47 Concord

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.

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96.30 ADN Manchester Community College 3 63 Manchester

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.

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95.51 ADN Great Bay Community College 4 85 Portsmouth

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.

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95.05 ADN River Valley Community College 5 101 Claremont Public Campus ACEN See School Details
92.46 ADN Rivier University 6 201 Nashua Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
90.19 ADN Nashua Community College 7 289 Nashua

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.

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81.56 ADN St Joseph School of Nursing 8 572 Nashua

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.

Private Not-For-Profit Campus ACEN See School Details
100.00 BSN Colby-Sawyer College 1 1 New London

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.

Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
98.99 BSN Saint Anselm College 2 8 Manchester

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.

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97.16 BSN University of New Hampshire-Main Campus 3 38 Durham

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.

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91.85 BSN Plymouth State University 4 220 Plymouth Public Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
76.45 BSN Keene State College 5 496 Keene Public Campus CCNE See School Details