A.S. in Nursing

Through a focus on experiential learning and extensive hands-on clinical experience, Rivier's ASN program will prepare you for a rewarding career as a registered nurse.

Why Study Nursing at Rivier?

Rivier’s ASN program offers evening classes and evening or weekend clinical rotations, enabling you to work full- or part-time while pursuing your degree. Graduates of the ASN program are well-prepared to function as beginning practitioners in structured health care agencies using established protocols.

Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

LPNs are invited to apply for advanced placement in the associate degree program. When accepted and prerequisites are fulfilled, students are exempt from 100-level clinical courses.

Flexible Format

Multiple term starts, a generous transfer credit policy, and competitive tuition rates are designed to help you start, and finish, faster.

  • Next Start Date: March 13, 2020
  • Est. Program Length: 2 – 3 years
  • Credit Hours: 72
  • Course Length: 7 and 14 weeks

Hands-on Learning

Beyond classroom learning, the curriculum includes extensive hands-on experience in clinical settings and well-equipped simulation laboratories. Rivier’s physical assessment and nursing skills simulation laboratories are equipped with a wide array of patient examination equipment, including SIM Man, SIM baby, SIM Kid, and Noelle, the birthing simulator.

In this program you will:

  • Learn how to provide patient-centered, priority-based nursing care to individuals, families and groups through independent and collaborative application of nursing process
  • Utilize technology that supports clinical decision-making, patient education, error prevention, and care coordination
  • Develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Become an effective communicator and collaborator

Get Ready for the World

At Rivier, we focus on professional experiences to expand your knowledge beyond the theoretical foundations and prepare you for a successful career or graduate studies.

Our partnerships with a variety of healthcare organizations throughout the region offer opportunities to experience a wide range of specialties. Our Nursing majors work with practicing healthcare professionals in a variety of clinical placements, including:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Elliot Health Systems/Elliot Hospital
  • Lowell General Hospital
  • Catholic Medical Center
  • Home Health & Hospice Care, Inc.
  • Lowell Community Health Center
  • Nashua Public Health Department
  • Saint Joseph Healthcare
  • Southern NH Health System
  • VA Medical Center, Manchester, NH

Licensure and Accreditation

Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to assume beginning nursing positions in hospital acute-care facilities, extended-care facilities, and other structured healthcare settings.

Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates and DNP programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.

The most valuable lesson I can teach my students is to respect the human dignity of each individual. This is the essence of the nursing profession and the mission of the University.

Where Will Your Nursing Degree Take You?

Our ASN program prepares graduates to move directly into beginning nursing positions in hospital acute-care facilities, extended-care facilities, and in other structured health care settings.


  • Registered nurses
  • Specialty nurses (e.g., medical-surgical, pediatric, oncology, etc.)
  • School nurses
  • Public health nurses
  • Social services nurses

Graduate Studies

Our graduates are well prepared to pursue advanced study in nursing, healthcare administration, and other related fields.

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Prepare to advance your career with an ASN degree from Rivier.