Saint Anselm College Nursing Program Review

Saint Anselm College (SAC) was established by the Benedictine Monks of St Mary’s Abbey in 1889. During its early years, the college offered philosophical and theological courses only. By 1895, the college was granted the power to offer other standardized degree programs with a strong liberal arts outlook.  To this date, the college holds on to its founding Benedictine traditions and is as such, strongly affiliated to the Catholic Church.

Nursing Programs at Saint Anselm College

Nursing programs at the college are offered by the department of nursing. The department has three programs: a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in nursing completion track a traditional 4-year baccalaureate track and a program that offers Continuing Education. The programs have unconditional accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and are approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. The Continuing Education program is also approved through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program is designed to help registered nurses (RNs) complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree in a flexible and relatively short period. Candidates for this program must be in procession of an active and unrestricted RN license. Admitted students transfer most of their associate of diploma program credits to the BSN program.

Courses are covered in a flexible hybrid format of both online and on-site classes at the Manchester campus.  For full time students, coursework is designed to be completed in 15 months on a rotating 8-week schedule. However, for busy students course load per semesters is very flexible and has no minimum requirements. This means that students can take even one or two courses per semester on a rotating 7-week schedule on a part time study plan. Completion times for such plans vary depending on the number of courses taken per semester. A total of 120 credits must be completed through direct transfer, challenging exams and from Saint Anselm Courses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in nursing degree curriculum is meant to train qualified students for initial licensure as registered nurses. It is a traditional 4-year baccalaureate program offered on a full time basis. Students are admitted as freshmen and starting on their first nursing courses at the 1st year level. 120 credits are required for students to be eligible for graduation and applying for the NLCEX-RN to become licensed registered nurses.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

The CNE department is an autonomous department but still operates within the Saint Anselm nursing department. The department is an approved provider of CNE through the states board of nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  The department offers courses that help nurses in New Hampshire and the larger New England Region to obtain Contact hours for license renewal.

The CNE department offers contact hours in form of conferences held in scheduled year-round times.  Conferences can be in the formats of multi-days, one-day, half-day or evening schedules. The College also offers a number of online continuing education courses.

Sigma Theta Tau- Epsilon Tau Chapter

Saint Anselm College has the Epsilon Tau chapter of the international honor society for nurses. Highly achieving senior year students are welcome to this chapter where scholarship, leadership and research to enhance the wellness of the society.

Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester,
NH 03102