Overview

If you are an LPN and would like to continue your education, this program is for you! The LPN to RN Completion option is designed for the Licensed Practical Nurse who wishes to advance to a Registered Nurse with an Associate of Science degree to provide direct patient care in a variety of health care settings. Our faculty are committed to helping you to be successful by creating learning experiences that foster innovative teaching and learning, support and enhance student development, promote the use of college resources, and encourage civic engagement.

There is a strong demand for nurses. Our graduates have been offered jobs immediately after graduation and passing the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. They are working in intensive care units, emergency rooms, maternity, pediatrics, home care, long-term care and other health care settings.

Earning an associate degree in nursing (ADN) at NHTI is a great educational investment! Upon graduation, you are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). Our graduates’ first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensing exam exceeds the national average. Once you pass the exam and become a RN, you can work full-time and continue your education online to earn a bachelor’s/master’s degree in nursing through one of our transfer opportunities. Many of our partners offer tuition discounts.

Program Goal

Our goal is to provide quality, rigorous education from nursing knowledge and liberal arts 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. You will be prepared to provide holistic and culturally-sensitive patient-centered care to individuals of all ages with commonly occurring illnesses. You will be prepared for participation in life-long learning and career development.

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes or Program Comptencies

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.

Accreditation

The nursing program is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (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 here. The NH Board of Nursing’s (NHBON) licensing regulations may restrict candidates who have been involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings. Questions about licensing restrictions should be addressed to the NHBON or the state Board of Nursing in which practice is anticipated.

The NH Board of Nursing
121 South Fruit Street, Suite 102
Concord, NH 03301
603-271-2323

Questions about the status of accreditation for the Nursing program should be addressed to:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

What our Students and Graduates Say?

Melissa Belair

“NHTI offers a perfect segue from the LPN into the RN program. I’m planning to go on for a master’s degree, and ultimately I want to teach.”

Margaret M. (“Peg”) Crowder

“I chose NHTI because I heard it was the best program. The most challenging, with the best instructors. The nursing faculty is supportive and smart. They’re tough, but fair.”

 Sarah Healey

“Thanks to You and Nursing Staff @ NHTI for the great teaching and leadership guidance throughout the program, as there is a little piece of each and every one of you in every student you touch!”

Connor Sleeper

“Thank you for your kind words and belief in me, it means a great deal to me. NHTI and the nursing program really has felt like a second home to me. I am so excited to be graduating and looking forward to the next steps in my journey, but at the same time I am a little sad that I won’t be coming back to the place that has meant so much to me these past few years. Thank you for everything you have done to help me and everything you do with the nursing program to help us students succeed.”

 

Nursing LPN to RN Completion Option

The following program of study, which begins each May, reflects a four-semester curriculum plan that students enrolled in the nursing program are required to complete for graduation. Eleven (11) credits are awarded from the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam I: Foundations of Nursing score. Transfer credit for the five prerequisite college courses will be evaluated on an individual basis and may result in an additional 18 credits being awarded.

Non-nursing courses must be taken in the semester indicated in the plan of study below or may be taken earlier. Nursing courses must be taken in the sequence listed below. Nursing theory classroom, simulation lab and clinical instruction must be completed concurrently.

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Summer Semester
#NURS 178CLPN-RN Completion^4107
 7
Fall Semester
 BIOL 202CMicrobiology334
 MATH xxxCMath Elective *404
#NURS 116CNursing IIA +  ^61511
 19
Spring Semester
 ENGL xxxCEnglish Elective303
#NURS 215CNursing III + ^4159
 XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective303
 15
TOTAL CREDITS70**
#    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 $385 for an ATI Live NCLEX-RN Review Course.
FeeCourseSemester
$285NURS 178CAny Semester
$285NURS 116CFall
$285NURS 215CSpring
$385NURS 215CSpring
**    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

Nursing Grade and Progression

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 with a grade of “C” or higher 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.

Length of Time to Complete the Nursing Program

  1. All required nursing courses must be completed within two (2) years from the time the student begins the first nursing course in the LPN-RN Completion Program (NURS 178C).
  2. Eligible students will be readmitted to the Nursing Program per specifications of Readmissions Policy. Students may be readmitted to the nursing program only once during the two years. Readmission will depend on, among other factors, space and clinical/faculty availability.
  3. Students who do not complete the program within the required time frame must reapply for admission into NURS 178C.

All students must satisfactorily meet the Health Requirements for Allied Health Clinical Clearance, criminal background check, and drug and alcohol testing prior to participating in clinical. All students may be required to do a day, evening and/or weekend clinical rotation depending on clinical/faculty availability. Transportation to and from the clinical agency is the responsibility of the student.

Clinical Experiences

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 patient safety is not compromised by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient responsibilities. Student are expected 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 peers, staff, and/or patients. Technical standards have been established to provide guidance to students as to skills and abilities requisite to participate in the nursing program. Clinical sites are in hospitals and community-based settings.

Clinical Sites

Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH
Concord Hospital, Concord, NH
New Hampshire Hospital, Concord, NH
Community agencies throughout NH

Learn about the Nursing Program!

You are strongly encouraged to attend a Nursing Information Session offered through the Admissions Office on Mondays at 2pm or Wednesdays at 4pm; except holidays or campus closure. Please call the Admissions Office at(603) 230-4011 for details.

Summer 2020 Admission Deadline

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

Specific Admission Requirements

  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, available here as a PDF or contact the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011 or (800) 247-0179.
  5. 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.
  7. Submit the online application or download the application here PDF application and submit to the Admissions Office.

 College level science and technical courses (BIOL 195C/196C/202C) taken more than five years prior to desired entry into nursing program must be repeated; final decisions will rest with the Nursing Department Chair. Courses with virtual/online labs are not accepted.

Transfer credit will depend on course content, applicability to the nursing program, grade earned and length of time since completion.

Current NHTI Students

Students who wish to enter the LPN to RN Completion program and are currently enrolled in General Studies or another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form prior to the application deadline listed above. 

Selection Criteria

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 NLN Nursing Accelerated Challenge Exam I: Foundations of Nursing score. References are considered critical to the admission process and are evaluated.

Qualified candidates who are not accepted in the selection may be assigned to a prioritized waiting list-based on the above criteria. They may be subsequently admitted if an opening becomes available prior to the beginning of the program start in May. The waiting list will be discarded six weeks prior to classes beginning. Students still desiring admission must reapply for the following year.

Upon Acceptance

Acceptance is conditional based upon submission of satisfactory evidence of providing the following documents no later than four weeks prior to the beginning of the semester:

  1. Submit Health Requirements for Allied Health Clinical Clearance to Health Services.Please see the Health Requirements for Allied Health Clinical Clearance.
  • 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 Rescuer. Professional liability malpractice insurance is arranged by the College and will automatically be charged to the student’s account.
  • Health insurance plan must meet the State of NH requirements. Yearly Marketplace health insurance Open Enrollment is November-mid December, 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.
  1. Complete criminal background check as directed through the NHTI’s approved vendor. Background checks from previous employers or other vendors are not accepted. Students will be required to undergo and successfully meet the Nursing Department’s criteria for a criminal background check. 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.
  2. Complete drug and alcohol testing as directed through NHTI’s approved vendor. Drug testing from previous employers or other vendors are not accepted. Students will be required to undergo and successfully meet the Nursing Department’s criteria for 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 are required prior to clinical and randomly throughout the program.

Readmission Procedure

Matriculated nursing students who have withdrawn, been suspended for not achieving the required minimum grade in the nursing, science or math course and are not able to continue in the Nursing Program may be considered for readmission only once. Readmission to the Nursing Program is not guaranteed, and students must reapply to the semester they left. Returning students must satisfy the admission criteria. Readmission will depend on, among other factors, space and clinical/faculty availability. Students who have failed a Nursing course due to unsafe clinical performance may or may not be eligible for readmission to the Nursing Program.

The Nursing Department Chair will notify students of the specific readmission procedure after course failure or withdrawal. Students must complete a Success Plan. The Success Plan must be submitted to the Nursing Department along with the other Specific Admission Requirements to the Admissions Office by the application deadline listed above, and qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview with the Nursing Student Affairs Committee.

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.

Student Achievement of Program Outcomes (Aggregated Data)

Performance on Licensure Exam:  NCLEX-RN Pass Rates (First Time Test Takers)

Pass Rates Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019  
NHTI Pass Rate 95.35% 97.87% 97.5% 96.49%
New Hampshire Pass Rate 90.31% 90.85% 96.71% 95.68%
National Pass Rate 84.56% 87.12% 88.29% 88.18%

Job Placement Rates (Employed within 6 to 9 months Post Graduation) Based on Survey Responses

Graduating Class Employment Rates
2019 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%
2016 96%

Program Completion Rates (Within 150% of Program Stated Length Time)

Time Frame (Fall to Spring) Completion Rates
2016-2019 65%
2015-2018 68%
2014-2017 62%
2013-2016 64%

RN to BSN Pathways

It’s easy to continue your nursing education! The Nursing Program maintains articulation agreements with colleges so you can continue your education online to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing.

Our articulation agreements include but are not limited to Chamberlain College of Nursing, Franklin Pierce University, Granite State College, Rivier University, and Southern New Hampshire University.

These programs accept our nursing program credits and most will transfer in up to 90 credits. This allows you to take your “third” year courses or about 30 extra credits at NHTI. Some of them also offer NHTI graduates, who have successfully passed their NCLEX-RN licensing exam, a discounted tuition rate.

NHTI/Granite State College 2+1+1

NHTI/SNHU Advanced Nursing Partnership

Transfer policies vary from institution to institution. The receiving college or university has sole discretion in determining the amount of credit to be awarded. Students should not make assumptions about which credits are transferable even if an articulation agreement exists. Whether a student is transferring out of NHTI, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the appropriate person at the receiving institution in order to discuss their policy, learn what documentation is required and, finally, to determine and confirm transferable credit.

  • Aleta Billadeau Associate Professor of Nursing

    Aleta Billadeau, MSN, RN, CCAP

    Nursing
    Associate Professor
    Grappone 214

    Expertise in acute care, leadership, staff development, telemetry, emergency and cross- cultural mission nursing. Member of NHNA, ANA, and the American Holistic Nurses Association. Joined faculty in 2019.merican Holistic Nurses Association. Joined faculty in 2019.

  • Jennifer Brace Professor of Nursing

    Jennifer Brace, MSN, RN

    Nursing
    Professor
    Grappone 216

    Expertise in obstetrical nursing. Member of the Association of Woman’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Previously adjunct, joined NHTI fulltime in 2016.

  • Mary Jean Byer, MS, RN Department Chair Nursing

    Mary Jean Byer, MS, RN

    Nursing
    Department Chair
    Grappone 226

    Expertise in obstetrical nursing. Membership in the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, NHNA and ANA. Joined faculty in 1986.

  • Kerri Vining-Goupil Professor of Nursing

    Kerri Vining-Goupil, MSN, RN

    Nursing
    Professor
    Grappone 225

    Expertise in medical-surgical nursing and simulation. Member of NHNA and ANA. Joined faculty in 2009.

  • Susan Kenna Professor of Nursing

    Susan Kenna, MS, RN

    Nursing
    Professor
    Grappone 224

    Expertise in family practice, community, public and occupational health, geriatrics, infection control, women’s health and wound care. Member of the NHNA, ANA and AACN. Joined faculty in 2004.

  • Candace Knowlton Associate Professor of Nursing

    Candace Knowlton, MSN, RN

    Nursing
    Associate Professor
    Grappone 223

    Expertise in labor and delivery, and experience in med/surg, OR, and education. Member of the North Eastern Organization of Nurse Educators. Joined faculty in 2019.

  • Barbara Laganiere Associate Professor of Nursing

    Barbara Laganiere, MSN, RN

    Nursing
    Associate Professor
    Grappone 224

    Expertise in mental health, rehabilitative, community and public health, geriatrics, and correctional nursing. Member of the NHNA, ANA and Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society. Joined faculty in 2019.

  • Margaret

    Margaret Lambert, MS, MBA, RN, CCRN-K

    Nursing
    Associate Professor
    Grappone 214

    Expertise in adult critical care, cardiac and nursing leadership. Member of NHNA, ANA, AACN. Joined faculty in 2018.

  • Rae Mello-Andrews Associate Professor of Nursing

    Rae Mello-Andrews, BSN, MS, RN, RP

    Nursing
    Associate Professor
    Grappone 215

    Expertise in emergency, critical care, staff development and EMS education. Registered paramedic. Member of NHNA, ANA, Emergency Nurses Association and Infusion Nurses Society. Joined faculty in 2018.

  • Kimberly Stewart Associate Professor of Nursing

    Kimberly Stewart, MSN, RN, CPN

    Nursing
    Associate Professor
    Grappone 215

    Expertise in Pediatric/NICU and home health. Member of NHNA and ANA. Previously adjunct, joined faculty in 2017.

  • Kelley Taylor Professor of Nursing

    Kelley Taylor, MSN, RN

    Nursing
    Professor
    Grappone 223

    Expertise in telemetry, cardiac stress lab, emergency, management in long term care and education. Member of NHNA and ANA. Joined faculty in 2013.

  • Molly Thomas Professor of Nursing

    Maureen “Molly” R. Thomas, BSN, MA, RN

    Nursing
    Professor
    Grappone 221

    Expertise in school nursing, hospice, rehab, and community mental health. Yoga teacher. Member of American Psychiatric Nursing Association, NHNA and ANA. Joined faculty in 2013.

70** Credits Required

55-60%

of students qualify for financial aid