Nursing Program

Read program requirements and course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog:
A.S. Nursing  
B.S. Nursing, RN-BS  (online)
B.S. Public Health  (online)

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Rivier's undergraduate evening nursing programs give you the skills and knowledge you need to become a competent, successful nurse. We'll help you explore your options in the different career paths available within the field.  

All of the University's nursing programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Facilities & resources 

Rivier's physical assessment and skills simulation labs are equipped with a wide array of examining equipment, including SIM Man, SIM Baby, SIM Kid and Noelle, the birthing simulator. Labs offer interactive learning and hands-on experience on campus as well as in your clinical rotations.

Our faculty are fully credentialed in their specialty areas. They share their expertise and perspective with students while helping them find their niche in nursing.   

Partnerships with magnet award-winning clinical sites throughout the region offer the opportunity to learn about a wide range of specialties, as well as the type of setting that suits you best. Rivier students work with currently practicing healthcare professionals at leading hospitals in Boston, Concord, Exeter, Lowell, Manchester, Nashua, and other rural and urban settings.


You'll find Rivier graduates working in the Nashua Department of Public Health, as school nurses, on medical surgical floors, as oncology nurses, and in primary care, long-term care, and acute care settings. They're in virtually every specialty you can imagine. Nursing alumni and faculty help you build your professional network and find the position that's right for you.

More about the programs 

A.S. Nursing
A popular option for adults with evening classes and evening or weekend clinical rotations. The A.S. degree prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and move directly into beginning nursing positions. The program includes extensive hands-on experience in the clinical area and well-equipped simulation laboratories. 

Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses (evening program)
LPNs are invited to apply for advanced placement in the associate degree program. Once accepted, students who have completed the pre-requisite coursework begin the nursing course sequence with NSG200, Transitions, in the spring semester. Students then complete three semesters of A.S. clinical courses and graduate the following spring.

B.S. Nursing, RN-BS (online)
The RN-BS program is for registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited diploma or associate degree program in nursing. All courses are offered online and many in an eight-week format. Experienced RNs may submit a professional portfolio in lieu of completed precepted clinical hours (capstone). Graduates are prepared to function as generalists in structured and unstructured settings, and/or pursue graduate studies.

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