New Pathway for Nursing Education

New Pathway for Nursing Education

CCSNH New Pathway for Nursing Education

As the field of nursing continues to advance and evolve, creating pathways for nurses and nursing students to advance their education and career opportunities will play a key role in the delivery of health care in New Hampshire. Community College nursing students and graduates of CCSNH nursing programs will have a seamless, integrated pathway to progress from an associate degree in nursing through to a master’s degree thanks to a groundbreaking partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).

This exciting partnership builds off of the community colleges’ very successful, effective and affordable nursing programs in place at all seven community colleges.  It provides a seamless pathway for students to advance through SNHU’s bachelor’s degree completion and master’s level program.  And it utilizes distance-learning tools and financial incentives to make the program feasible for students across New Hampshire who decide to take their education to the next level.

Most importantly, this partnership was developed by nursing faculty with a strong student-centered focus, designed to meet students’ aspirations in an effective, affordable and accessible manner. 

The program begins with completion of an associate degree in nursing at any of the state’s seven community colleges, and advances through a bachelor’s degree in nursing and completion of a master’s degree in nursing, both offered through SNHU Online. The agreement removes barriers to educational advancement for nurses and provides them with an affordable, convenient, innovative, competency-based opportunity for advancing their education. 

The bachelor’s degree program is expected to launch in September, pending state approval.

For more information, contact Kathleen Polley-Payne at SNHU at