Are you considering going back to school in New Hampshire to advance your career in nursing? If you are a Registered Nurse and would like to become a Nurse Leader, a Nurse Educator, or an Advanced Practice Nurse then a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree might be the right choice for you. We have compiled the following list of New Hampshire colleges and universities offering nationally accredited MSN programs for your convenience.

University of New Hampshire Department of Nursing

The University of New Hampshire’s Department of Nursing offers essentially three pathways to a Master of Science in Nursing degree. They offer a traditional BSN to MSN program, an RN to MSN program, and a Direct Entry Accelerated MSN program.

Registered Nurses entering the BSN to MSN program can choose from one of three specializations:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Evidenced-Based Nursing Generalist

Within the Evidenced-Based Nursing track, students can complete a Clinical Nurse Educator program. The three specializations require 48, 34, and 32 credit hours, respectively. Either a Thesis or Capstone Project must be completed to graduate.

Registered Nurses whose Bachelor’s degree is in a non-nursing discipline are allowed to apply for the Evidenced-Based Nursing track. If they wish to pursue becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner then after they receive their MSN, they can apply to the Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program.

Those students who are not currently nurses with a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline can become an RN through the Direct Entry Accelerated MSN program. The program is a five semester, 68 credit hour course of study. After 59 credit hours, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. During their last semester, students can site for the Clinical Nurse Leader national certification exam.

Applicants to the BSN to MSN program must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and an unencumbered active license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. They must have a good academic record and have completed required coursework in Statistics and Research.

Applicants to the RN to BSN program must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. They must hold an unencumbered, active RN license in the U.S. and preferably have some nursing experience (but it is not required). Again, they must have completed undergraduate Statistics and Research courses.

Applicants to the Direct Entry Accelerated program must hold a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts degree, or graduate degree in a non-nursing discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Pre-requisite courses in Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Statistics must be completed prior to applying.

Program Accreditations

Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Contact Information

Hewitt Hall
Four Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-4771

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