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Keene State College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, helping students gain a well-rounded education grounded in the liberal arts.

At Keene State, nursing students gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for promoting the health and well-being of diverse individuals, families, communities, populations, and systems. Graduates become competent nurses who make sound clinical judgments, communicate effectively, and make practice decisions using the best evidence available.


The Keene State College Nursing Program is fully approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301, 603-271-2152.

The Nursing Program is also nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Options

First-year students and sophomores who express an interest in pursuing acceptance into the nursing program are admitted to the College as pre-nursing students.

Most students enter the pre-nursing track as first-year students, but it’s possible to transfer into the program as a sophomore, depending on seat availability. Pre-nursing students work with a nursing faculty advisor, receiving individualized attention to help them successfully progress through the curriculum.

The BSN curriculum includes a variety of liberal arts, science, math, and nursing courses. In the junior year, pre-nursing students who meet the progression requirements enter nursing courses that include clinical experiences at local and regional health care facilities.

In the final semester of senior year, students are placed with a nurse preceptor and work one-on-one with their preceptor to prepare for the transition to clinical practice.

Admission Requirements, Freshman Level “Pre-Nursing” Major:

  • High School GPA of 3.25
  • “B” grades or higher in math and science courses

Progression Requirements, Junior Level “Pre-Licensure”:

  • “B” grade or higher in the four science courses
  1. Chemistry
  2. Anatomy & Physiology I
  3. Anatomy & Physiology II
  4. Microbiology
  • Science GPA of 3.25
  • Overall GPA of 3.4
  • Successful completion of the Nursing Basic Math Competency
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scoring at the "Proficient" level

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Career and Other Opportunities

The Institute of Medicine released a report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, in which the committee recommends that the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate (BSN) degrees be increased to 80% by 2020. That goal has not been reached and across the United States hospitals and healthcare facilities are still experiencing a shortage of BSN prepared nurses.

The Keene State College Nursing Program’s goal for employment is 90% of the graduates who pass the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) will be employed as registered nurses (RNs) within twelve months of graduation. Keene State College graduates exceed this goal. Some graduates start work soon after graduation.

Others wait until after passing the licensing exam. One year after graduation, 100% of graduates are employed. They are employed in a variety of healthcare facilities in New Hampshire as well as out of state. Recent nursing graduates started their careers at Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Elliot Hospital, Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, Springfield Hospital in Springfield VT, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Mt. Auburn Hospital in MA.

Graduates also can continue their education in graduate programs or seek certification in specialty areas like the emergency room (ER) or operating room (OR). As a BSN graduate, career opportunities are varied and provide individuals many options for furthering their education to meet career goals.

Coming from a school with a preceptorship I felt very prepared for the new graduate nursing role. I was pushed by my faculty and peers to succeed. If I needed help, I knew it was only a phone call or email away. KSC and this nursing program has helped shape me into the nurse and person I am today.
–Abbie Wright, 2017

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the nursing program at Keene State enter their profession with comprehensive skills, knowledge and experience. They are able to:

  • Demonstrate accountability for practicing nursing within established moral, legal, ethical, regulatory, and humanistic principles.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal quality and value.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  • Identify, evaluate, and use the best current evidence coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of patients’ preferences, experience, and values to make practice decisions.
  • Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision-making, team learning, and development.
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both individual performance and system effectiveness.
  • Use data to monitor outcomes and care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care.
  • Influence the behavior of individuals or groups of individuals within their environment in a way that will facilitate the establishment and acquisition/achievement of shared goals.
  • Deliver holistic nursing care and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community, and global levels.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with clients that foster mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes.

Contact Admissions

Admissions Office
☎ 603-358-2276
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435