A.S. in Nursing

The ASN program prepares students to become registered nurses. Registered nurses (RNs) provide direct patient care; they educate and provide advice to patients on their health conditions, and offer encouragement to patients and their families.

Graduates are 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.

Programs of Study
The ASN program offers evening classes and evening or weekend clinical rotations, enabling students to work full- or part-time while pursuing their degrees. Beyond classroom learning, the curriculum includes extensive hands-on experience in clinical settings and well-equipped simulation laboratories.

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.

Facilities and 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 practical experience on campus, in addition to clinical rotations.

Rivier faculty are fully credentialed in their areas of specialty. Professors share their expertise and perspectives with students, while helping them find their niches in nursing.

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

Department of Nursing
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit Department of Nursing.


Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) graduates can pursue leadership roles as:

  • Registered nurses
  • Specialty nurses (e.g., medical-surgical, pediatric, oncology, etc.)
  • School nurses
  • Public health nurses
  • Social services nurses
  • Nurses in a wide range of other facilities and specialties

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