Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse at River Valley prepares you for a career in a fast-paced healthcare environment in just one year. Each LPN course incorporates classroom learning with simulation laboratory activities and are designed in every way to prepare you for a successful entry into the healthcare workforce. With a high demand in New Hampshire for LPN, starting your path to your career can start today!

With our LPN program closely linked with our rigorous associate degree nursing program, students who want to continue their healthcare career journey will be able to do so at River Valley.

Interested students are required to attend a mandatory nursing informational session. Due to Covid-19, face to face info sessions have been suspended. Please contact Cathy Gorman at cgorman@ccsnh.edu; she will forward the RVCC Nursing Information Session PowerPoint presentation to you for your review. We will continue to monitor the situation and will resume our face to face info sessions as appropriate.

TEAS testing:

As of May 6, 2020, prospective nursing students may take the Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS) remotely. Steps are as follows:

1.     Select a TEAS date –scheduled dates are*:

  • June 2
  • June 17
  • June 30
  • July 8
  • July 21
  • August 4
  • August 19



2. Register for the TEAS test at http://atitesting.com

·        Remote TEAS testers will need to have free Proctorio proctoring
software installed on testing computers prior to testing.

·        To access The Proctorio Quick Start Guide click on the link below


*Dates are updated frequently, so please visit this page often for details.

Career Options

Long term care, hospitals, physician/outpatient health centers, visiting nurse and home health care, ,

Related Degrees

  • Nursing
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Assistant

Accreditation information

This Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

Questions about the status of accreditation for the Nursing program should be addressed to:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN),
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

The Nursing Program advances the mission of the River Valley Community College through excellence and accessibility to pre-licensure nursing programs of study. The Nursing Program supports students in achieving their personal and professional goals as responsible and contributing members of the nursing profession and of their communities. Our program is committed to providing innovative, evidenced-based curriculum that prepares students for evolving health care systems, commitment to outstanding patient care, and encourages lifelong learning. This program prepares students to take the national council licensing examination, and enter practice as either practical or registered nurses.

Program Goals

  1. Eighty percent (80%) of students will graduate from the River Valley Community College Nursing Program within three years of the initial admission into the program.
  1. The first-time pass rate for River Valley Community College nursing graduates is equivalent to, or exceeds, the national pass rate for first-time test takers who are graduates of practical or associate degree nursing programs.
  1. Within six months of graduation from the River Valley Community College Nursing Program, ninety percent (90%) of the graduates will be employed as either Practical or Registered Professional Nurses.
Admission Requirements

Submission of a competed application packet is the responsibility of each nursing candidate. Candidates will not be considered for admission until all admission requirements have been met. 

Applications for January,  2021 are now being accepted; the deadline for applications is September 30, 2020 .

Candidates must complete the college admission requirements and provide documentation of the following criteria for admission consideration:

Step 1: Attend a nursing informational session.

2. Complete a college application (see the blue “Apply Now” box on the right of this page).

3.  Submit all high school and college transcripts to the Admissions Department. Official transcripts may be sent directly to:

River Valley Community College
Admissions Department
1 College Place
 Claremont, NH 03743

Official transcripts may also be sent directly from high school or college electronically to: RVCCAdmissions@ccsnh.edu

3) Register for and complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) of Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) – www.atitesting.com 

Students must achieve minimum scoring in the following areas: 

Reading – 69.0 

Math – 63.3

Science – 43.8 

English – 56.6

Additional Requirements

Upon acceptance into the Practical Nurse program, students must provide proof of the following:

  • CPR Certification – American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug Test
  • Medical insurance-

To be accepted health insurance must meet the following criteria:

  • United States based insurance plan;
  • Provides the 10 essential health benefits specified in the Affordable Care Act (https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/essential-health-benefits/);
  • Includes access to hospital and physician providers in the area where the student is attending a New Hampshire community college;
  • Will remain in effect for the entire semester (except for termination due to the attainment of a maximum age, or other situation resulting in a loss of plan eligibility.

First Semester







Professional Concepts in Nursing (NURS110R, BIO201R)





Anatomy & Physiology (HS Chem or CHEM030R or previous college chem & A-placer Read 250, or SAT EBREW 500





LPN Nursing Care 1 (NURS105R, BIOL201R)




Second Semester


Introduction to Psychology





Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL201R)




NURS120R LPN Nursing Care II (NURS110R,NURS105,BIOL202R, ,PSYC101R)




Third Semester


LPN Nursing Care III (NURS120R, PSYC114R, PSYC101R)





Human Development




Prerequisite & C0-requisites are listed in parentheses. Program of study subject to change.

Total Credits: 36

61-63 Credits Required


job placement rate for the past 3 years.

Program Contacts

Denise Ruby, Nursing Department Chair

Eileen Glover, Director of LPN Program/Professor

Melanie Whitaker, Associate Professor