Nursing and Health Professions

For more than 30 years, Rivier University’s Department of Nursing and Health Professions 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.

Nursing and Health Professions programs are offered at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. 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, For those interested in public health, degrees are offered at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.

Rivier offers nursing degrees that prepare graduates 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. Rivier’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs prepare students to become licensed registered nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and nurse leaders throughout the United States.

Undergraduate Programs
The University offers a part-time, evening associate of science degree (ASN); a full-time, four-year professional track bachelor’s degree (BSN), and a flexible, online RN to BSN program for registered nurses. Rivier has affiliation agreements with agencies throughout New England. A full-time B.S. in Public Health and an online Public Health program are also available.

Graduate Programs
Rivier’s graduate nursing programs (MSN) 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 Master of Public Health program is offered online and prepares students to become public health policy leaders and practitioners.

Doctoral Program
A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree offers advanced practice registered nurses the opportunity to earn a clinically focused, terminal degree. This low-residency program includes a combination of online courses and practicums customized to meet each clinician’s career aspirations. Graduates will be prepared for leadership roles on multidisciplinary healthcare teams working to improve systems of care, patient outcomes, and population health.

Pass Rates
Graduates of Rivier’s BSN program who sat for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in 2018 had a pass rate of 100.0% for first-time test takers. The national BSN average pass rate was 91.57%, putting Rivier students well above the national average. The first-time pass rate for ASN students was 90.0%, above the national ASN average of 85.1%.

As reported by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), graduates of Rivier’s MSN program who completed the certification exam for Family Nurse Practitioner in 2016, 2017 and 2018 had a first-time pass rate of 100%, exceeding the 86.4% national average pass rate. Those who completed the certification exam for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2016, 2017 and 2018 had a first-time pass rate of 90.4% , exceeding the 88.9% national average pass rate.

View the Undergraduate Nursing Program Outcome Data and Graduate Nursing Program Outcome Data.

Rivier Advantages

• Students 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 benefit from clinical experiences at a wide variety of healthcare settings throughout central New England.

• Rivier’s nursing programs offer flexibility. Undergraduate students can choose from several options, including a two-year associate, four-year bachelor’s degree, or advanced placement for LPNs. For graduate students, we offer a degree completion program for APRNs, as well as three-year to five-year tracks.

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