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Program Overview

Lakes Region Community College and River Valley Community College have partnered together to offer the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program on the LRCC campus. Students enroll at RVCC and are taught by RVCC nursing faculty. Students attend class and labs on the LRCC campus. Clinicals are held at healthcare organizations in the Lakes Region.

Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse will prepare 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 wish to continue their healthcare career journey will be eligible to apply to the LPN to RN track at Lakes Region Community College.

Career Options

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

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 Dolores Gifford, MSN, RN, and she will forward the 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.

Accreditation Information

Effective February 8, 2021, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on February 8, 2023. 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000 

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of
Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

Program Mission

The Nursing Program advances the mission of both Lakes Region Community College and 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.

job placement for the past 3 years.

Program Contact

Dixie Vestal, Program Director
Associate Professor

[email protected]