New Hampshire, like many other states, may see an increasingly aged population in the future, which may translate into a need for more primary healthcare providers, including nurse practitioners. There are currently 790 NPs in the state (BLS, 2012), which is considerable, given the relatively small land mass in NH.
Nurse practitioners in New Hampshire have a high degree of professional autonomy. A collaborative practice agreement with a physician is not required to legally diagnose and treat patients or to prescribe medication. This allows for a degree of freedom in practice that NPs in many other states are precluded from enjoying.
New Hampshire nurse practitioners earn a mean salary of $94,470 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). Their professional organization is the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioners Association.
Requesting information from the schools on this page is the first step to earning your NP degree. We have compiled a list of featured schools to highlight those programs that offer options for online study and distance education, which often allows for students to complete much of the program from home. Some of the top NP programs in New Hampshire include:
- Rivier College. Located in Nashua, Rivier College offers Master's-level Family Nurse Practitioner and Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs for both BSN and non-BSN-prepared nurses. The College has a unique "bridge option" for nurses who have a Bachelor's degree in another field.
- University of New Hampshire. The University of New Hampshire offers a master's-level Family Nurse Practitioner program. They also offer a post-master's certificate option for nurses who have previously completed a master's degree but wish to become certified as a nurse practitioner.
- Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Although the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing is physically located in Kentucky, it is a leader in distance education and has long helped graduates become nursing leaders within their home communities. Frontier offers a master's-level, community-based Family Nurse Practitioner program that provides a strong emphasis on the business of primary care. The school also offers DNP-level Family Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner programs.