Colby-Sawyer College’s undergraduate nursing program has been recognized as #1 in New Hampshire by after the group analyzed 15 programs in the state. Colby-Sawyer led the pack with a score of 98.85.

The annual registered nursing program rankings are based on current and past first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rates. In 2018, for the third year in a row, 100 percent of Colby-Sawyer’s undergraduate nursing students passed the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt. Nursing programs were also assessed on several factors that represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond.

Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program, as described by, “molds nursing students into high-quality nurses who are committed to improving the quality of care throughout the profession and judiciously use their leadership and communication skills to improve community health.”

"We are very proud of this recognition," Joan G. Loftus, dean of Colby-Sawyer's School of Nursing and Health Professions, said. "The success of our nursing program is built on the foundation of a strong curriculum, highly qualified nursing faculty and exceptional clinical experiences at our Dartmouth-Hitchcock partnership sites."

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a registered nurse in New Hampshire is $67,190 and New Hampshire Employment Security projects an average of 491 registered nursing job openings each year.

About Nursing at Colby-Sawyer

For more than 30 years, Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program has been recognized for its quality, integrity and high standards by state and national accreditation agencies. A B.S. with a major in nursing from Colby-Sawyer combines clinical work at the world-class Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with hands-on learning in campus classrooms and laboratories, as well as individual and group research. The comprehensive program balances nursing education with students’ interests in subject areas across the liberal arts and sciences. Colby-Sawyer nursing students are encouraged to be a leader not just in the classroom but across campus in order to enjoy all the benefits of a vibrant, close-knit community.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Colby-Sawyer is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Additional accreditations include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

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