SNHU Launches Online Degrees in Nursing

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Southern New Hampshire University’s bachelor’s and master’s online nursing degrees meet national need for well-educated nurses.

Our new RN to BSN and MSN programs address a critical shortage and serve current RNs for whom conventional campus-based programs just don’t work very well.

With an aging population and heightened attention being given to critical healthcare issues, the demand for well-trained nurses has never been greater. In addition, the Institute of Medicine has called for 80 percent of all nurses to possess a four-year degree by the year 2020. Southern New Hampshire University has answered that call with the launch of its online nursing program, which not only meets the need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses but also offers opportunities to advance to a master’s degree in specialty areas seen as a bridge to helping to meet IOM’s recommendations for improvements in the national healthcare arena. SNHU’s online nursing programs provide the time and flexibility to better accommodate working nurses.

“Our new RN to BSN and MSN programs address a critical shortage and serve current RNs for whom conventional campus-based programs just don’t work very well,” said Dr. Paul LeBlanc, president of SNHU. “The area in which we have come to excel is in creating very high-quality, affordable degree programs that work for adults juggling very busy lives of family, work and myriad other responsibilities.”

SNHU’s online nursing programs include: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), with a Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration or Patient Quality and Safety Concentration.

SNHU’s online nursing programs address the need for prepared nurses in such areas as education, administration, quality improvement, research, patient care, clinical leadership and more, and have been developed by doctoral-prepared nursing faculty with vast experience and expertise in the nursing field. The educational framework of the RN to BSN program allows nurses to progress from awareness to knowledge through proficiency in eleven American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) competencies for baccalaureate-level nursing. Nurses completing the graduate program will acquire the key competencies necessary for continuous improvement of the quality and safety of healthcare systems, patient-centered care, collaboration, evidence-based practice and management, and may choose from Clinical Nurse Leader or Patient Quality and Safety Concentrations.

“At Southern New Hampshire University, we view students in our online nursing programs as respected colleagues who come to the learning environment with their own unique views of the world and nursing,” said Kathleen Polley-Payne, associate dean of nursing at SNHU. “Students are viewed as both learners and as learning resources.”

SNHU’s online nursing programs have their roots in traditional academic systems and bring the same academic traditions of quality and integrity to the online environment, removing barriers to advancement for working nurses by providing affordable, convenient, competency-based opportunity for higher education and career progression.

Visit the Southern New Hampshire University website for more information on the new online nursing degrees program.


Southern New Hampshire University is a not-for-profit, regionally accredited, university with an 80-year history of educating successful professionals. SNHU has a total enrollment of 17,000 students in more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, available online, at our main campus in Manchester, N.H., and at our regional centers in New Hampshire and Maine.

SNHU was the only university to make Fast Company’s 2012 list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, ranking 12th overall.

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