For over 30 years, the Rivier University Division of Nursing has prepared students to meet the rapidly changing demands of the healthcare environment. Rivier continually builds on its strengths, offering programs that provide students with individual attention, quality education, and numerous opportunities for practical experience.
Rivier's Division of Nursing (DON) has programs at the AS, BS and MS levels and is the only school in New Hampshire where all programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This nursing accreditation means that the programs have met nationally recognized standards and criteria for educational quality in nursing. The DON was notified in March of 2011 that all programs had achieved re-accreditation for the maximum period of eight years. This was the first time in the history of the DON that the process included all programs, which has led to the best possible outcome.
Rivier offers two- and four-year nursing degrees that prepare you to enter this exciting and challenging profession. The hallmark of all of Rivier's nursing programs is the faculty-supervised clinical experience in hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the greater Boston and central New England regions. Our undergraduate and graduate nursing programs prepare students to become licensed registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse educators throughout the United States.
On the undergraduate level, the University offers a part-time associate of science degree; a full-time, four-year professional track baccalaureate degree, and a flexible RN to BS program for registered nurses. Rivier has affiliation agreements with agencies throughout New England. The associate degree program in nursing is proud to report that the NCLEX pass rate for 2012 is 92 percent—2 percent above the national average.
Rivier’s graduate nursing programs prepare professionals for positions in advanced practice nursing and/or to teach in schools of nursing or other healthcare settings. Students in the program develop state-of-the art skills that prepare them to excel in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. The M.S. degree program in Nursing reports that for the year 2012, the NP certification rate was 100 percent.
• You receive valuable hands-on training in our simulated clinical and nursing skills laboratories, fully equipped with examining instruments, mannequins, ophthalmoscopes, IV pumps, advanced cardiac assessment modalities, and more.
• Our students enjoy clinical experiences at a wide variety of healthcare settings throughout central New England.
• Rivier’s nursing programs offer flexibility. For graduate students, we offer a degree completion program for APRNs, as well as two-year, three-year, and five-year tracks. Undergraduate students can choose from several options, including a two-year associate, four-year bachelor’s degree, or advanced placement for LPNs.