LPN-RN Completion Option

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Summer Semester
# NURS 178C LPN-RN Completion^ 4 10 7
Fall Semester
  BIOL 202C Microbiology 3 3 4
  MATH xxxC Math Elective * 4 0 4
# NURS 116C Nursing IIA +  ^ 6 15 11
Spring Semester
  ENGL xxxC English Elective 3 0 3
# NURS 215C Nursing III + ^ 4 15 9
  XX xxxC Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
#    Indicates major field courses.
*    Any course with a prefix of MATH 120C or higher will be accepted for credit in the nursing program; students who wish to continue their education and pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Nursing are encouraged to complete MATH 251C.
+ These fees will cover costs associated with ATI online practice and proctored assessments and tutorials, detailed individualized remediation plans, and end of program testing to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. All students taking NURS 215C will be charged an additional $365 for an ATI Live NCLEX-RN Review Course.
Fee Course Semester
$285 NURS 178C Any Semester
$275 NURS 116C Fall
$285 NURS 215C Spring
$365 NURS 215C Spring
**    Includes eleven (11) credits awarded from NLN Nursing Accelerated Challenge Exam I: Foundations of Nursing score.  Transfer credit for the 5 prerequisite college courses will be evaluated on an individual basis and may result in an additional 18 credits being awarded.
^ All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: NURS 116C, NURS 178C and NURS 215C.

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2019-20.

(May start each year)

The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Nursing is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The LPN-RN Completion Option is designed for the Licensed Practical Nurse who wishes to advance to a Registered Nurse with an Associate Degree in Science.  The Associate Degree graduate nurse is prepared for participation in life-long learning and career advancement.  Students who graduate from this program option are prepared to provide holistic and culturally-sensitive patient-centered care to individuals of all ages, with commonly occurring illnesses, in a variety of health care settings. 

Students will be able to achieve the following Program Competencies or Program Student Learning Outcomes. :

  1. Utilize the nursing process, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice to design, implement, and evaluate care focusing on the self-care requirements for the patient with commonly occurring illnesses.
  2. Incorporate principles and concepts from nursing knowledge and liberal arts education utilizing critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and humanistic values.
  3. Design and implement a plan of care in collaboration with the patient and health care team with a focus on the wholly compensatory nursing system.
  4. Evaluate effective therapeutic and collegial communication needed to enhance health outcomes.
  5. Manage nursing care directly and/or through delegation for the patient with a range of self-care deficits throughout the life cycle.
  6. Create an optimal environment for the patient utilizing microsystem resources, evidence-based practice, quality improvement processes, and patient safety standards.
  7. Establish a caring relationship with the patient to provide holistic and culturally-sensitive nursing care throughout the life cycle.
  8. Demonstrate accountability for standard-based nursing care given by self and delegated to others adhering to professional, ethical and legal standards within nursing.

The nursing program is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326; (404) 975-5000; http://www.acenursing.org/). Questions about the status of accreditation for the Nursing program should be addressed to ACEN.

This program provides the opportunity, through additional education, to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) upon successful completion of the program. Graduates should contact the Board of Nursing in the state in which they intend to practice regarding licensure requirements, since there are differences among states. NHTI’s NCLEX pass rates can be viewed at https://www.oplc.nh.gov/nursing/documents/nclex-2013-2018.pdf.  The NH Board of Nursing’s licensing regulations may restrict candidates who have been involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings.  Questions about licensing restrictions should be addressed to the NH Board of Nursing, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301; (603) 271-2323 or the state Board of Nursing in which practice is anticipated. 

All nursing courses must be completed within two years of the date of entry in the first nursing course.  Students will be readmitted to the nursing program only once during the two years. Applicants must meet the admission requirements and receive a satisfactory score on the NLN Nursing Accelerated Challenge Exam I: Foundations of Nursing which are offered periodically throughout the year (see Admission Requirements below). Information regarding the admission test may be obtained from the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011.

Admission to the nursing program is very competitive.  Selection is determined by a cumulative point system that is based on high school level prerequisite courses and grades, applicable college courses and grades and the NLN Nursing Accelerated Challenge Exam I: Foundations of Nursing score.  References are considered critical to the admission process and are evaluated.

As a pre-clinical requirement, students will be required to undergo and successfully meet the Nursing Department's criteria for a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening. No student will be exempt from this process. Students are provided with procedural and cost information subsequent to admission to the nursing program and are responsible for all costs associated with these testing procedures. Drug and alcohol screening is required prior to clinical and randomly throughout the program.

Specific Admission Requirements

For 2020 Admission

Preference will be given to students whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than, March 6, 2020 for Summer 2020 admission.

  1. High school or college biology with lab and chemistry with lab, both with grades of “C” or higher;
  2. College preparatory Algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher or NHTI’s MATH 092C with a grade of “C” or higher;
  3. Preference will be given to students who hold an active, unrestricted New Hampshire Practical Nursing license and are in good standing with the NH Board of Nursing; all applicants must submit a copy of their current LPN license with their application for admission;
  4. Submit, on NHTI nursing reference forms, two references from professionals, supervisors or teachers; friends and family members are not acceptable references; forms are available here in PDF or from the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011;
  5. Candidates must complete the NLN Nursing Accelerated Challenge Exam I: Foundations of Nursing and receive a minimum score of 74 or higher.  Information regarding registration is available here in PDF or contact the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011 or (800) 247-0179;
  6. Completion of NHTI courses ENGL 101, PSYC 105C, PSYC 220C, BIOL 195C and BIOL 196C with a grade of “C” or higher (or the equivalent from another institution).Courses with online/virtual labs are not accepted for BIOL 195C, BIOL 196C, or BIOL 202C.

Please Note: Students who wish to enter the LPN-RN Completion Option and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form prior to the application deadline listed above.

Health insurance plan must meet the State of NH requirements. Yearly Marketplace health insurance Open Enrollment is November 1 to December 15, and it becomes effective January 1. This is the only time to sign up unless a qualifying life changing event occurs for a Special Enrollment Period.

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Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Health, Character, and Technical Standards

Standards have been established to provide guidance to students as to skills and abilities requisite to participate in the nursing program.

  • General Abilities:  The student must possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell so that data received by the senses may be integrated, analyzed, and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner.  A student must also possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement that are important to the student's ability to gather significant information needed to effectively evaluate patients.  A student must be able to respond promptly to urgent situations that may occur during clinical training activities and must not hinder the ability of other members of the health care team to provide prompt treatment and care to patients.
  • Observational Ability:  The student must have sufficient capacity to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of laboratory studies, medication administration, and patient care activities.  In addition, the student must be able to document these observations and maintain accurate records.
  • Communication Ability:  The student must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally to elicit information and to translate that information to others.  Each student must have the ability to read, write, comprehend and clearly speak the English language to facilitate communication with patients, their family members, and other professionals in health care settings.  In addition, the student must be able to maintain accurate patient records, present information in a professional, logical manner and provide patient counseling and instruction to effectively care for patients and their families.  The student must also be able to clearly communicate effectively verbally and in writing with instructors and other students in the classroom setting.
  • Motor Ability:  The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements with sufficient coordination needed to perform complete physical examinations utilizing the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation, and other diagnostic maneuvers.  A student must be able to develop the psychomotor skills reasonably needed to perform or assist with procedures, treatments, administration of medication, management and operation of diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment, and such maneuvers to assist with patient care activities such as lifting, wheel chair guidance, and mobility.  The student must have sufficient levels of neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination as well as possess the physical and mental stamina to meet the demands associated with extended periods of sitting, standing, moving, and physical exertion required for satisfactory and safe performance in the clinical and classroom settings including performing CPR if necessary.  The student must possess the ability of manual and visual dexterity such as to draw up solutions in a syringe.
  • Intellectual, Conceptual, and Quantitative Abilities:  The student must be able to develop and refine problem-solving skills that are crucial to practice as a nurse.  Problem solving involves the abilities to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize objective and subjective data, and to make decisions, often in a time urgent environment, that reflect consistent and thoughtful deliberation and sound clinical judgment.  Each student must demonstrate mastery of these skills and possess the ability to incorporate new information from peers, teachers, and the nursing and medical literature to formulate sound judgment in patient assessment, intervention, evaluation, teaching, and setting short and long term goals.  Students must demonstrate arithmetic competence that would allow the student to read and understand columns and/or writing, tell time, use measuring tools, and add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes:  Compassion, integrity, motivation, effective interpersonal skills, and concern for others are personal attributes required of those in the nursing programs.  Personal comfort and acceptance of the role of a nurse functioning under supervision of a clinical instructor or preceptor is essential for a nursing student.  The student must possess the skills required for full utilization of the student's intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the prompt completion of all responsibilities in the classroom and clinical settings; and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and other members of the health care team.  Each student must be able to exercise stable, sound judgment and to complete assessment and interventional activities in a timely manner to assure patient safety and well being.  The ability to establish rapport and maintain sensitive, interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds is critical for practice as a nurse.  The student must be able to adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; accept and integrate constructive criticism given in the classroom and clinical settings; effectively interact in the clinical setting with other members of the healthcare team; and learn to function cooperatively and efficiently in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice.
  • Examinations:  Certain courses in the nursing programs require students to take timed and/or online examinations.  Students may be required to take timed, online and/or other types of examinations in a proctored, secure setting that is acceptable to the program.
  • Ability to Manage Stressful Situations:  The student must be able to adapt to and function effectively to stressful situations in both the classroom and clinical settings, including emergency situations.  Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the nursing programs.  These stressors may be (but are not limited to) personal, patient care/family, faculty/peer, and or program related.

NOTE: The healthcare environment contains substantial amounts of latex. Applicants with latex allergies place themselves at risk of reaction. The Nursing Department does not recommend that individuals with a latex allergy pursue a career in health care.

Program Comments:

  1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a group information session; please call the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011 for details.
  2. Prior to the start of the clinical nursing courses, students are required to have on file in the Health Services Office (603) 230-4043 documentation of:  current medical insurance; a complete physical examination; current immunizations; current CPR certification for one and two person adult, infant and child.  Professional liability malpractice insurance is arranged by the College and will automatically be charged to the student’s account. 
  3. All students enrolled in a clinical nursing course will be charged a $350/semester Nursing Clinical Surcharge.  The following courses carry this charge: NURS 115C, NURS 116C, NURS 117C, NURS 178C and NURS 215C.
  4. College level science and technical courses (i.e., Anatomy & Physiology, etc.) taken more than five years prior to desired entry into the nursing program must be either repeated or challenged; final decisions will rest with the Department Chair of Nursing.
  5. All nursing courses integrate theory and clinical experience. Failure to receive a satisfactory grade in either theory OR the clinical experience portion of the course will result in a failing grade. All nursing major field courses must be passed before proceeding to the next level. A grade of “C” or higher is required in BIOL 195C, BIOL 196C and BIOL 202C and math elective to enter or progress in the nursing courses.
  6. All students may be required to do an alternate clinical rotation depending on clinical/faculty availability, i.e., students may be asked to do an evening rotation.

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Mary Jean Byer
Nursing Department Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4272

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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