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 and is the only school in New Hampshire where all programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This nursing accreditation means that the programs have met nationally recognized standards and criteria for educational quality in nursing. 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; a full-time, four-year professional track bachelor's degree, and a flexible RN to BS program for registered nurses. Rivier has affiliation agreements with agencies throughout New England. A full-time B.S. in Public Health is also available.

Graduate Programs
Rivier’s graduate nursing programs 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.

Pass Rates
Graduates of Rivier's A.S. in Nursing program and B.S. in Nursing program (professional track) who sat for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in 2014 had a pass rate of 83.64% for first-time test takers. The national pass rate was 81.76%. The 2014 pass rate of 83.64% puts Rivier above the national average.

As reported by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), graduates of Rivier's M.S. in Nursing program who sat for the certification exam for Family Nurse Practitioner in 2014 had a 100% pass rate. Those who sat for the certification exam for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2014 also had a 100% pass rate. Both rates continue to exceed the national pass rate.

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.