RVCC’s Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) Program is a starting point in the Nursing field.  This is a fast-paced 7 week course.

In New Hampshire, Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) are forecast to have the largest number of annual openings among occupations requiring some post-secondary training, at 1,169, between 2016-2026.*

Completing an LNA training program is a great way to get started in the Nursing profession and gain hands-on experience.   Many LNAs use the knowledge and experience they have gained working in healthcare to gain entrance into competitive LPN and RN degree programs.

River Valley Community College’s 124 hour Nursing Assistant training program consists of:

-40 hours of Classroom Instruction

-60 hours of Clinicals

-24 hours of Lab-based Skills

By successfully completing the training program, the student will be prepared for a role as an assistant to nurses.  As an LNA, students will have the skills to:

  • perform activities of daily living in a professional manner
  • provide direct patient care
  • effectively communicate
  • understand infection control procedures
  • perform safety and body mechanics
  • comprehend legal and ethical issues

At completion, students will be prepared to sit for the state certification examination and submit their Board of Nursing LNA license application.

*“Most Openings in Occupations Requiring Post-Secondary Non-Degree Training, 2016-2026”. NH Employment Security Office, June 2018, www.nhes.nh.gov/elmi/products/proj.htm#longterm.

**The college has structured the program to abide by necessary social distancing and safety responses to COVID-19 by limiting the number of students to 8.**

The 4 minute Information Session video below will answer many questions you may have about LNAs and the LNA Program.


A current certification in Basic Life Support CPR is needed to enroll in this LNA training program. RVCC will be holding CPR courses before the LNA course begins.  Click here to register for the CPR course.  Other alternatives: https://www.nhcpr.com/training-programs/american-heart-association/basic-life-support-bls

Please note, applicants will also need to complete a criminal background check, a drug screening test, and immunization check in order to register.

Required English and Math assessments can be taken at any of the RVCC campuses.  

Please see here for the current 2021 schedule.  

If you are still interested in the program, review the Admission Eligibility and Submission Checklist, then complete the Application for Admission and begin working on the requirements listed in the Submission Checklist.

The community gathered to celebrate a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new nursing lab at the Lebanon Academic Center. Chief nursing officer at DHMC, Karen Clements, was among the attendees who spoke about the urgent need for healthcare workers in the region. She noted that the partnership DHMC has formed with River Valley Community College will help fill those needs in the upper valley. Clements congratulated the LNA students who attended the event and offered them all jobs when they finish. The new lab was funded in part by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and Mascoma Bank.

The New Hampshire Board of Nursing gave their final approval on June 25th to River Valley Community College to begin their Licensed Nursing Assistant program. The new lab has successfully passed a site visit by the Board after hearing details of the program and facility by Flora Meyer, Program Coordinator of the new nursing assistant program. The first LNA cohort in Lebanon began on June 29 and is sponsored by DHMC. The total time for completing this program is 7 weeks, and consists of 40 hours of lecture, 24 hours of lab, and 60 hours of clinical. The college has structured the program to abide by necessary social distancing and safety responses to COVID-19.

Workforce Development Coordinator, Dan Osborn has lined up four additional sessions for DHMC and plans to offer the first LNA program to River Valley Community College students and the public in the near future. Plans are also underway to begin an LNA course in Keene in November 2020.



The Nursing Lab is made possible by generous donations from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and Mascoma Bank Foundation.