Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

To apply to the Pre-Licensure Nursing Program visit the Admission site.

Student interested in applying to the RN to BS in Nursing Program should visit the Online & Continuing Studies site.

Is financial aid available?

Students attending at least half-time (6 credits per semester) are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. The Priority deadline for filing the FAFSA for financial aid consideration is March 1st.  Refer to

What is the number of years allowed for program completion?

Students entering with no college credit and attending full-time will complete the program in 4 years.  They also have the option of attending part-time until their general education and prerequisites are completed and then they would attend full-time the last 4 terms.

Students in the RN-BS  program should be able to complete the program in 16 months (4 consecutive terms, spring, summer, fall, spring) if they have their prerequisite and general education coursework completed.

When and how will classes be offered? Will any classes be offered online?

General education and prerequisite courses are offered in a variety of formats including traditional daytime classes, evenings, or online.  Students interested in completing the prerequisites and general education courses through a combination of online, evening and daytime classes should apply through the Online and Continuing Education Studies at:

The nursing sequence will be offered full days on Fridays and Saturdays for pre-licensure students.  Clinical coursework will take place during the week.

Can students study part-time?

Students accepted into the nursing program may take prerequisite and general education courses on a part-time basis.  Pre-licensure students begin the nursing sequence in January of their junior year, after all general education, prerequisite and elective coursework is completed.  The nursing sequence is full-time and is completed in a cohort model in 4 consecutive semesters (spring, summer, fall, and spring).

Students in the RN-BS Program who have completed all prerequisites, general education and elective courses begin the nursing sequence in January and take 6-9 credits a semester in a cohort model for 4 consecutive terms (spring, summer, fall, spring).  Those who still have some electives and/or general education courses to complete may take additional courses during the nursing sequence.

Are there any other program-related fees?

Prior to entering nursing (NR) courses, students are required to have proof of the following immunizations:

  • Negative PPD (Tuberculin skin test) within 1 year of admission into the program/hire.  Positive PPD responders should have documentation of negative chest x-ray by a health care provider.
  • 3 Hepatitis B vaccines, or documentation of Hepatitis B antibody, or documentation of declination.
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination or documentation of declination.
  • 2 MMRs or documentation of immunity to Measles, or documentation by a health care provider of history of Measles.
  • 2 MMRs or documentation of immunity to Mumps, or documentation by a health care provider of history of Mumps.
  • 2 MMRs or documentation of immunity to Rubella, or documentation by a health care provider of history of Rubella.
  • 2 Varicella Vaccines, or documentation of immunity to Varicella or documentation by a health care provider of history of Varicella.
  • Flu shot during influenza seasoon

Please note:  students will be responsible for their own uniforms, vaccinations, and transportation to and from clinical sites.

For more program fees please visit:

What is the total cost of tuition per credit for full-time and part-time study (including mandatory fees)?

For current undergraduate costs please go to:

What are the admissions requirements?

Admission is competitive and based on academic qualifications, science background, and recommendations.  Associate degree R.N.s interested in the B.S. in Nursing Completion program must have a current, unencumbered NH registered nursing license.

What is the total number of credits for the B.S. in Nursing?

The total number of credits for the B.S. is 120; 56 nursing credits for new students and 34 nursing credits for R.N.s in the B.S. in Nursing Completion program.

Contact Us

Nursing Department

Chair: Kathleen Patenaude, EdD, RN, CNE

Please contact:
Laurie Reed,
Administrative Assistant
Fax: 603.535.2117

Samuel Read Hall Building
9 a.m.–5 p.m., M,W,TH, F
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m, Tuesdays

Mailing Address
Plymouth State University
17 High Street
MSC #58
Plymouth, NH 03264

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