Nursing Associate Degree

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
  BIOL 195C Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 4
  ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
# NURS 115C Nursing I** ^ 5 9 8
  PSYC 105C Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Spring Semester
  BIOL 196C Anatomy and Physiology II 3 2 4
# NURS 116C Nursing IIA** ^ or
# NURS 117C Nursing IIB** ^ 6 15 11
  PSYC 220C Human Growth and Development: The Life Span 3 0 3
Fall Semester
  BIOL 202C Microbiology 3 3 4
  MATH xxxC Math Elective* 4 0 4
# NURS 116C Nursing IIA** ^ or
# NURS 117C Nursing IIB** ^ 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.
* MATH 120C or higher level math. 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 215C Spring
$365 NURS 215C Spring

^ All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: NURS 115C, NURS 116C, NURS 117C 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.
The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Nursing is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The Associate in Science with a major in Nursing degree prepares men and women for careers as registered nurses. The goal of the Nursing Department is to prepare graduates to qualify as collaborative members of the interdisciplinary health care team to meet the needs of a diverse community in an evolving world.  The Associate Degree graduate nurse is prepared for participation in life-long learning and career advancement.  The program combines general education courses and nursing courses. In the nursing courses, classroom and clinical instruction are provided concurrently.

Students who graduate from this program 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; Questions about the status of accreditation for the Nursing program should be addressed to ACEN.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).  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  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.

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Two program options exist at the Associate Degree level: (1) Generic Option; and (2) LPN-RN Completion Option. All students may be required to do a day, evening and/or weekend clinical rotation depending on clinical/faculty availability.

All nursing courses for the Generic Option must be completed within four (4) years of the date of entry into the first nursing course. Students may be readmitted to the nursing program only once during the four years. Readmission will depend on, among other factors, clinical/faculty availability. Transfer credit will depend on course content, applicability to the nursing program, grade earned and length of time since completion.

Selection for admission 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 TEAS exam scores. 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.

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Transfer Information

Transferring to other institutions
Transfer (Articulation) Agreements (specific to this program )
Transferring to NHTI

Specific Admission Requirements

For Fall 2020 Admission
Priority Consideration will be given to students whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than January 24, 2020 for Fall 2020 admission. Students will not be considered for admission until all admission requirements have been met.

Note: Early Action Admission: Applications that are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than November 8, 2019 may be considered for Early Action Admission into the Nursing program for Fall 2020.

  1. High school or college biology with lab with a grade of “C” or higher;
  2. High school or college chemistry with lab with a grade of “C” or higher;
  3. College preparatory Algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher or NHTI’s MATH 092C with a grade of “C” or higher;
  4. Candidates must complete the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam with a minimum score of 74.5% on Reading Comprehension, 68.8% on Mathematics, 55.3% on Science, 66.7% on English and Language Usage.  Information regarding testing locations and registration is available here as a PDF or contact the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011 or (800) 247-0179;
  5. Submit, on NHTI nursing reference forms, two references from professionals, supervisors or teachers, available here as a PDF or contact the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011 or (800) 247-0179.

Students who previously attended a Nursing RN program at another institution within the last 5 years must also complete a Success Plan, available here as a  PDF. The Success Plan must be submitted to the Admissions Office along with the other Specific Admission Requirements by the application deadline listed above, and qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview with the Nursing Student Affairs Committee.

Students seeking credit for prior Nursing coursework may review the policy for Advanced Standing Transfer to NHTI Nursing, available here as a PDF

Please Note: Students who wish to enter the Nursing Associate Degree program and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form, available here as a PDF, prior to the application deadline listed above.

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.

For a complete listing of immunizations and clinical clearance requirements, please see the health requirements for Allied Health students.

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.


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 for Healthcare Providers/Professional Rescue. 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 (BIOL 195C/196C/202C) taken more than five years prior to desired entry into nursing program must be either repeated or challenged; final decisions will rest with the Nursing Department Chair. Courses with virtual/online labs are not accepted.
  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 a day, evening and/or weekend clinical rotations depending on clinical agency/faculty availability..

Associate Degree Nursing Clinical Sites
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH
Concord Hospital, Concord, NH
New Hampshire Hospital, Concord, NH

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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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