Need for Nurses
Nursing is one of the fastest-growing professions in America. Since the 1990s there has been increasing concern about the nursing shortage. Most recent statistics from Dec 2009, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that 518,500 new RN positions will be created by the year 2018 increasing the nursing shortage to over 800,000 nursing positions.* * Bureau of Labor Statistics- RN Employment Projections.
New Hampshire and Nursing
According to the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, Registered nurses are among the “top of the list of occupations with the most projected openings.” As of 2010 there were 613 openings annually in New Hampshire with a 31% increase projected over the 10-year period between 2006 and 2016. With 12,489 nurses employed in NH, that represents an additional 4000 nurses needed by 2016.* Nursing in NH: A Labor Market Information Report
Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Students must be admitted to the university and to the nursing program. Each cohort of nursing majors is limited to 40 students. First year applicants may complete either a Common Application or a Panther Application which can be found on the Admissions website.
The following criteria must be met in order to be considered for admissions into the Pre-licensure Nursing Program:
- Submit either an ATI TEAS score at the “Proficient” level or above (to learn more about preparing for the test please go to https://www.atitesting.com/solutions/pre-program/teas.aspx), or a revised SAT (taken as of March 2016) with a minimum score of 1080, with a minimum score of 500 in the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing component and the Math component.
- Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater
- Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater in High School science courses
- Demonstration of math proficiency: courses in Algebra I, II and Geometry
- Average to strong writing skills, demonstrated in the application essay
Admissions will receive the application and send out letters of acceptance in the spring. Admissions will consult with the Department of Nursing on applications that may reflect positive criminal history.
Additional program fees
Nursing students in the pre-licensure path are required to pay additional fees. These fees are explained below: