Dec 04, 2022  
2019-2020 Catalogue 
2019-2020 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Executive Director of Nursing: Maureen O’Reilly

Program Coordinator: Karen S. Grafton; Professors: Margaret A. Carson, Deborah McCarter, Caryn A. Sheehan, Antonia Nelson; Assistant Professors: Carrie, MacLeod, Pamela Preston; Instructor: Destiny Brady; Clinical Faculty Track (full-time): Kathleen Cahill, Joann Condon, Melinda Daigle, Melinda Ferguson, Susan Kinney, Anne Knight, Alicia Law, Mary Jane McClure, Michele Moreau, Joanna Parolin, Ellen Sanborn, Jane K. Sobolov; Nursing Lab Instructor: Jenna Fredette, Clinical Nursing Faculty (part-time): Amber Bechard, Brittney Bergeron, Dawn Buzan, Brenda Cooper, Nancy Kelly, Jane Leonard, Tyla Pratt-Wildman, Erin Simonds, Nancy Spaulding, Lauren Stevens, Jessica Wine; Lab Assistant (part-time): Joanne Simons.


The nursing program builds on the foundation of a liberal arts baccalaureate education and Christian/Catholic values and ethics. The Department of Nursing views nursing as a profession which utilizes both art and science in the provision of patient-centered care that is creative, goal-directed and evidence-based. The primary commitment of the nurse is to the health and well-being of the patient and society.


In keeping with the mission of Saint Anselm College and the Catholic, Benedictine tradition, the Mission of the Department of Nursing is to educate the Saint Anselm student nurse to become a professional who can:

  • think critically
  • provide safe, high quality care based on the most current evidence
  • utilize information technology
  • practice holistically and collaboratively while caring for diverse individuals, families, communities and populations
  • demonstrate leadership in a variety of settings
  • engage in service to others
  • pursue lifelong learning

General Information regarding the Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers three programs in nursing education: a generic Baccalaureate Program, an RN to BSN Degree Program, and a Continuing Nursing Education Program. The degree program in the Department leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  Nursing courses can be used to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree..   

Approval, Accreditation, and Memberships

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Saint Anselm College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, (htpp://

The Department of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing and approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

Admission to the Nursing Program

Saint Anselm College offers one of the most selective and respected nursing programs in New England, preparing its graduates to join the fast evolving world of nursing as compassionate caregivers and leaders in their profession.

The application deadline to apply for our nursing program is November 15 (Early Action) or December 1 (Early Decision).  Please note Early Decision is a binding application agreement. External or internal (change of major) transfer applicants for the nursing program are extremely rare.

The following documentation is required in the admission review process:

  • Common Application & Essay
  • Official High School Transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • School Report & Counselor Recommendation
  • Teacher Recommendation (preferably from a science or math teacher in the last two years)

More detailed information regarding these documents can be found on our admission website.  

Competitive students will have completed the following academic requirements:

  • Four Years of English
  • Three or more years of a laboratory science
  • Three or more years of mathematics
  • Two or more years of social science and additional credit electives
  • Two-four years of the same foreign language
  • Minimum high school recalculated GPA of 2.75
  • Minimum SAT of 1000/ ACT of 18

Admission Requirements

A candidate for admission to the nursing program is considered individually by the committee on admissions and must meet all college requirements. The high school transcript must show that the student has completed at least 10 of a total 16 units in the following areas: English, Mathematics, language, social, physical and biological sciences. A college preparatory chemistry course is required. The minimum mathematics requirement must include Algebra I & II and Geometry.

The nursing major at Saint Anselm College is a four-year program with a determined number of participating students. Therefore, the College limits the number of students accepted into the nursing program. Candidates interested in the nursing major must indicate this intent on their application and must apply using one of the available early decision plans.  Students who enroll at the College with a major other than nursing should know that internal transfers into the Nursing program are very rare due to lack of available space.

Personal Qualifications: Personal qualities, such as maturity, sense of responsibility, emotional stability, integrity, respect for others, and moral character determine to a great degree whether a student will be successful in the field of nursing. Health status must meet all requirements of the nursing program. All students are required to have a criminal background check by July 1st as part of the admission process.

Class Attendance: Please see the Absence Policies found in the Nursing Student Handbook distributed to all students in the nursing major and on the website:  

Student Representation: Nursing majors serve as members on each standing committee of the department.

Cooperating Health Care Agencies: Numerous area health care agencies.

Student Expenses: Expenses for nursing majors are the same as for other students enrolled in the College with the following additional charges subject to adjustment: 1) Uniforms and equipment approximately $250.00) A clinical fee of approximately $1,000.00 per semester for each of the junior and senior years, and $500.00 for sophomore year, for second semester only; and 3) Clinical absence make-up fee, background check fee.  Additional background checks may be required by clinical sites based on contractual agreements with facilities and will be at the expense of the student.

Transportation: Each student must have use of a car as early as second semester sophomore year due to individual community and clinical assignments.

Health Requirements: Health and immunizations are monitored to meet the basic requirements of clinical affiliations and to assist in the maintenance of physical and emotional health necessary to meet the demands of the curriculum. Required immunizations include: Yearly TB (Mantoux) test (two step TB is required prior to entering the junior year); two doses of Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR); Tetanus/Diphtheria/ Pertussis (Tdap) within 10 years; Hepatitis B series, Hepatitis B titer, Varicella series or physician documentation of disease and a Varicella titer  are required before entering sophomore year. Flu shots are mandatory for all nursing majors except for documented medical reasons. The flu shot can be obtained at the College Health Services for a small fee.

Any pre-existing health issues  must be brought to the attention of the Executive Director of Nursing.  These issues  remain the responsibility of the student and/or parents or guardians and may not interfere with the goals of the program..

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening: All students are required to have a criminal background check prior to entrance into the nursing program and annually. Some agencies require additional background checks.  Drug testing is mandatory prior to entering junior and senior year.  Random drug screening is also required.

CPR Certification: Nursing majors must provide evidence of completion of a CPR course for health care providers. CPR Certification must be maintained through completion of the program.

Hospitalization and Health Insurance: Neither Saint Anselm College nor the cooperating agencies provide student hospitalization or health insurance coverage. An insurance plan is available for the convenience of students who are not already enrolled in a family plan. Sophomore, junior and senior nursing majors must provide evidence of current health insurance coverage annually.

Class Standing and Promotion

Students in the Class of 2021 and beyond must maintain a CGPA of 2.4 or higher to progress in the nursing program.

(See The Department of Nursing Student Handbook  for additional requirements  


RN to BSN Program

Director of RN to BSN Program: Susan Kinney

Faculty: Laurie Bennett, Susan Kinney, Karen Klucky, Jane Leonard, Michele Moreau, Kathleen Perrin, Pamela Preston, Robert Anderson, David Banach, Dan Daly, Kevin Doran,





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