Schools with MSN Programs in New Hampshire

  • The CCNE-accredited MSN program at University of New Hampshire, located in Durham, provides graduate-level instruction for nurses looking to focus their studies on becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP), clinical nurse leader (CNL), or evidence-based nursing. The CNL program consists of a capstone project and 33 credits of study that includes required core classes of Health Policy, and Nursing Science and Evidence Based Practice. The FNP program is comprised of a total of 45 credits, which includes specialized courses in Families in Health and Illness, and Primary Care of Families I and II. Those who follow the 31-credit evidence-based nursing track can also complete a program of study in clinical nursing education.
  • With campus locations in Concord, Portsmouth, and West Lebanon, students attending Franklin Pierce University can earn an MSN degree with a concentration in Education or Leadership. Students may choose to take classes online or onsite through either part- or full-time instruction. A variety of learning approaches are also available, including evening classes, 100% online courses, and a hybrid format that combines classroom learning with online options. The school accepts applications from nurses who possess a BSN, has a non-nursing baccalaureate degree, or who do not have a bachelor’s degree but would like to enter the RN-to-MSN program.
  • Nurses that attend Rivier College, located in Nashua, can concentrate their MSN degree studies on becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nursing Educator (NE), or Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The 43-credit FNP program has a prerequisite of taking PSY 204 Biostatistics (or showing evidence of completion). The NE program is comprised of 46 credits of study that includes prerequisites in PSY 204 Biostatics (or evidence of completion) and NSG 310 Health Assessment (or evidence of completion or NLN Challenge Examination). Nurses in the PMHNP program must complete 43 credits, and take PSY 204 Biostatistics as a prerequisite. In January 2014, the school will also start taking applications for a new online Nursing Leadership track in Health Systems Management.
  • Georgetown University is one of the oldest Catholic universities in the country that provides an online MSN program from the School of Nursing & Health Studies that residents in New Hampshire may apply to. A student may concentrate their studies on becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife/ Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Educator. All distance learning programs are typically completed within 17 to 24 months – all of which depends on the number of classes taken per semester. When students need to complete their clinicals, they are assigned a preceptor location within his or her geographical region.
  • Capella University offers a variety of online MSN programs for nurses interested in earning an advanced degree in their field. Some of the concentrations available to students include Gerontology Nursing, Diabetes Nursing, Nurse Educator, Nursing Leadership and Administration, and General Nursing.

New Hampshire MSN Checklist

  • Obtain a license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in New Hampshire.
  • Earn an MSN degree from a college or university that is accredited, and fulfill all requirements, such as completing supervised clinical hours, special projects, or a thesis.
  • Complete an application and apply for licensure with the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, and pay the appropriate fee (~ $100). The Board must receive a final, official transcript from graduate educational program.
  • Comply with FBI fingerprint and New Hampshire background check requirements, and pay required fee of $51.50 to complete the process.
  • Provide a copy of current national certification.
  • Pass New Hampshire’s National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

New Hampshire Salary & Job Outlook

Obtaining an advanced degree allows nurses to qualify for jobs that typically pay more. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare professionals with a MSN degree generally earn higher median salaries for the following occupations in New Hampshire: medical and health service manager($95,140), nursing instructor and teacher ($64,040), and nurse practitioner ($94,470).

The BLS also identifies New Hampshire as one of the top five highest-paying states across the nation for the nurse midwife position with professionals earning a median annual salary of $108,360.