Colby-Sawyer College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) have a significant and longstanding academic relationship aimed at directly addressing the critical issue of the growing shortage of qualified health care professionals throughout the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, in New Hampshire and Vermont, and across the nation.

Our partnership continues to train skilled candidates to help D-HH address their nursing vacancies within the state’s largest, and only academic, health system. It also provides our students with a plethora of clinical learning opportunities and the chance to explore their various passions within the field.

“The demand for health care providers — at all levels of practice — continues to grow, and Colby-Sawyer remains a key partner in our efforts to meet that demand.” – Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock & Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.

“With such a small campus, it feels like everyone in the community truly cares about you. Also, being on two sports teams has given me a second and third family. And as a nursing major, clinical placements have played a major role in my education.”

Madison Quick ’23
  • Nursing Major-
  • Lacrosse Team Manager-
  • Student Ambassador

“I chose Colby-Sawyer because of the strong nursing major, small class sizes and close-knit community. I’ve been able to build amazing relationships with students, faculty and staff.”

Smriti Sharma Sapkota ’22
  • Nursing Major-
  • Newman Civics Fellow-
  • Peer Mentor

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Nurse Residency Program

The Nurse Residency Program supports newly licensed Registered Nurses through their first year of professional practice. More than 80% of Colby-Sawyer nursing grads start their career with confidence at Dartmouth-Hitchcock - and several of them are featured here.

Colby-Sawyer logo and DHH logo

“The nursing lab is one of my favorite places on campus because it reminds me of what I’m working toward in terms of becoming a nurse. Clinical rotations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock are amazing, and I’m grateful to learn from such incredible professors.”

Erin Gately ’22
  • Nursing Major

“Balancing academics with athletics is all about having a structured schedule and a daily planner. Also drinking lots of caffeine — if you didn’t like coffee before, you will now!”

Bryce Capunitan ’21
  • Nursing Major-
  • Men’s Soccer-
  • Sociology Minor
Nursing students

Apply Today

Colby-Sawyer’s priority deadline to apply for the nursing program is December 1st. After December 1st, we will review applications through March 1st on a space-available basis.

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Distinction Makes the Difference: With a focus on student-centered, high-quality education, Colby-Sawyer has a four-year average pass rate of 99% on the National Council Licensure Examination.

Thankful for In-person Instruction: First-year nursing student Madison Comeau ’24 reflects on being on-campus, meeting new people and broadening her horizons.

The Patient Safety Training Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center provides a realistic, safe environment for the simulation of various clinical scenarios.

Dance Through the Halls meeting staff of world-class Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - New Hampshire’s only academic medical center and Level I trauma center.