SNHU Online Nursing


Our Nursing Philosophy

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. Students are valued for the contributions they bring to the learning environment and are appreciated for their diverse values and beliefs. Students are viewed as both learners and as learning resources.

Online Nursing Programs

Our online nursing programs have their roots in traditional academic systems and bring the same academic traditions of quality and integrity to the online environment, which removes barriers to advancement for working nurses and provides an affordable, convenient, innovative, competency-based opportunity for higher education. They meet the demands of the nursing workplace and address the needs for prepared nurses in such areas as education, administration, quality improvement, patient care, clinical leadership and more.

SNHU is a traditional, nonprofit university with a history of serving working adults.

Nursing degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Program
    • Advanced Pathway RN to MSN Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN):
    • Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration
    • Patient Quality and Safety Concentration

Our online nursing programs, developed by doctoral-prepared nursing faculty, feature curricula based on new standards for the 21st-century healthcare industry as defined in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, ''The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.''

Mission of the Department of Nursing

The mission of the Department of Nursing programs flows from the mission and vision of Southern New Hampshire University and the College of Online and Continuing Education. Our mission is to be a leader in providing quality undergraduate and graduate nursing education with distinction in scholarship, service and practice for registered nurses seeking to maximize their personal and professional potential. This mission is fulfilled through innovative programs responsive to needs of adult learners in an online environment. The program provides the nursing professional with the knowledge, attitude, skills and behaviors to lead patient-centered collaborative healthcare. Graduates are prepared to apply theory-guided, culturally competent, evidence-based professional nursing practices to improve the well-being of diverse populations within complex healthcare systems at the local, national and international levels.

Nursing Curriculum Conceptual Framework

  • Builds upon prior nursing knowledge to provide a broad knowledge base for evidence-based, clinically competent, professional practice in the care of individuals, groups, families, communities and populations.
  • Prepares nursing leaders in professional roles and attributes.
  • Extends development of nurses for successful integration into the dynamic, complex healthcare system within a global context as empowered change agents.

Additional information about the curriculum framework is available in our nursing student handbook.

CCSNH Nursing Partnership

Our nursing partnership with the Community College System of New Hampshire includes dual admission processes, shared curricula development, scholarships and financial aid, as well as shared advising and faculty. If you are a community college nursing student interested in learning more about the BSN, MSN programs or the Advanced Pathway RN to MSN option, please contact your current community college advisor. Alumni of New Hampshire community college ADN programs also are eligible for this program and should contact an SNHU admission counselor for more information.

Nursing Advisory Board

 A number of regional and local leaders of prominent healthcare facilities have joined the Nursing Advisory Board to advise and assist with the pursuit of the department’s vision, mission and implementation of strategic priorities; to provide philanthropic support; and to share industry insights to inform the nursing curriculum.
Current members include:

  • Dina Frutos, MS, MBA, Ph.D., Assistant Professor-Department of Economics and Business at Saint Anselm College
  • Joni Spring, MS, RN, CENP, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer of Elliot Health System, Manchester, N.H.
  • Kate Collopy, Ph.D., RN, Director of Nursing Education, Research & Innovation at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H.
  • Lisa-DiBrigida, MD, Medical Director of Child Health Services, Manchester, N.H.
  • Warren Hern, CEO of Unity Health System, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Maureen Banks, RN, MS, MBA, CHE; President of Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore and Cambridge, Mass.; President of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod; and COO of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

CCNE Accredited Nursing Program


The Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).