B.S. in Nursing (BSN)

  • BSN
  • Undergraduate
  • On Campus
  • Nursing & Health Professions

Whether you dream of a future in pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, oncology, surgery, or private care, Rivier’s Nursing program prepares you for a successful career in healthcare.

Why Study Nursing at Rivier?

Rivier University is ranked as a top nursing school nationally and regionally by NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com. In the state of New Hampshire, Rivier earned the #1 rank for private nursing schools. As a BSN-prepared nurse, you’ll enjoy a broad scope of practice and develop the skills necessary to advance patient care. Rivier’s B.S. in Nursing program will prepare you for a rewarding career in the nursing field through a focus on experiential learning and extensive hands-on clinical experience.

A recognized leader in nursing education, Rivier graduates the largest number of nurses throughout the state of New Hampshire. Known for exceptional faculty and hands-on clinical experiences, Rivier nursing programs prepare you for a career in nursing and healthcare. Watch the video to learn more!

Streamlined Admissions

Standardized Test Scores are optional for all majors, including nursing. And, Rivier offers rolling admissions; this means you can apply at any time.

Generous Aid

We award more than $14 million in need-based and merit-based institutional aid annually. Rivier awards 100% of our full-time undergraduate students some form of aid. Find out more from our Student Financial Services Office.

Rivier Ranked Nationally Among Top 100 Nursing Schools in U.S.

Nursing Schools Almanac 2020 has recognized Rivier’s exceptional nursing education, ranking the University as a top nursing school nationally & regionally. In the state of NH, Rivier earned the #1 rank for private nursing schools!

Rivier has the largest pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program in New Hampshire and has been a regional leader in nursing education for more than 30 years. Our faculty consists of highly qualified and experienced nurse educators and practitioners who will share their expertise and perspective with you and help you find your niche in nursing. Graduates of Rivier’s BSN program who sat for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in 2020 had a pass rate of 95% for first-time test takers. The national BSN average pass rate was 86.57%, putting Rivier students well above graduates of other colleges and other universities.

Hands-On Learning

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. Labs offer interactive learning systems, and you can gain hands-on experience on campus, as well as in clinical rotations.

In the B.S. in Nursing 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 with a B.S. in Nursing from Rivier

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

On-campus clubs and organizations offer leadership and co-curricular opportunities to enhance your overall education. You can also take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and participate in faculty-led teaching trips that will supplement your classroom learning.

Licensure and Accreditation

Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Rivier University is unable to accept students from some states due to the post-secondary higher-education requirements. There are also some restrictions for programs that lead to professional licensure due to the various requirements of individual state boards of nursing. See State Guide.

For further information on Professional Nursing Licensure at the state level, please use the following contact list (also available on the NC-SARA website).

Commitment to Quality

Rivier’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs located in Nashua, NH are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

The dedication of the nursing professors to their students' success is remarkable. They are truly invested in teaching future nurses. The profession is challenging and fast-spaced, but Rivier prepared me for success in my role as an RN in the emergency room.

Where Will Your Bachelor of Nursing Degree Take You?

You will be workforce ready and well-positioned for success in a competitive job market.


  • Medical-surgical nurses
  • Pediatric nurses
  • Oncology and other specialty nurses
  • School nurses

Graduate Studies

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

In the summer of her junior year, Rebeca Cruz, Class of 2019, was chosen to participate in a prestigious undergraduate Research Fellowship in Nursing at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In her senior year, she was selected to do her senior capstone at Boston Children's Hospital where she worked with some of the best doctors and nurses in the world. "When my parents and I toured campus, I felt right at home," says Rebeca. "When I found out there were programs like Project Achieve and scholarships that would allow me to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse, I knew Rivier was the place for me."

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Join the workforce in this fast-growing field with a B.S. in Nursing in NH from Rivier University.