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History of the School of Nursing
St. Joseph Hospital officially opened its doors to patients in 1908. At the same time, a school for “professional” nursing was established and in 1910 it graduated the first class of four. The original RN program was discontinued in 1963.
In 1964, after studying community needs, St. Joseph Hospital established a practical nursing program. In the state of New Hampshire, the practical nurse works under the direction of an RN or physician.
The need for practical nurses in today’s changing health care environment is greater than it has ever been.
St. Joseph School of Nursing Practical Nursing Program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. having received the League’s longest approval rating of eight years in March 2004. In addition, the practical nursing program is fully approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing and licensed by the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission.
Present enrollment in the practical nursing program is approximately 100 students. The percentage of St. Joseph graduates who pass state board examinations for licensure on their first attempt is consistently above the national average.
In addition, the School offers an Associate of Science in Nursing degree program beginning in September of each year, as well as a transition course for licensed practical nurses beginning in May. The ASN program is fully approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing and has received initial licensure from the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission.
Present enrollment in the Associate of Science in Nursing program is approximately 50 students in the freshmen and senior classes.