Rivier University

Accredited ACEN and ACBSP

Respected Established in 1933

Convenient Designed for Busy Professionals

Academic Rigor 92.5% AANP Pass Rate vs. 75% US Average

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Reach your academic goals with a flexible, online degree.

Accredited since 1948, Rivier enrolls more than 2,300 students in Undergraduate, Professional Studies, Graduate, and Doctoral degree programs.

With a focus on liberal arts and professional preparation, we offer academic excellence in a learning environment that seeks to educate the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. A Rivier education provides a unique combination of theory, experiential learning, and professional development through on-campus and online degree programs.

Earn a degree on your schedule to reach your academic and professional goals. As a student, you’ll prepare for the career you want through a curriculum that offers strong academic programming, individualized attention, and a focus on active learning.

Rivier University AANP First Time Pass-Rate: 92.5% vs. 75% for the AANP National Average

Online Programs

Prepare for a variety of careers in the mental health counseling industry with up-to-date coursework and expert instruction. Study topics such as basic human interaction, clinical counseling theories, group counseling, psychotherapy for children, addictive behaviors, and more.

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Total Credits: 61
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions

Learn to use intervention strategies and support students with social, emotional and educational challenges. Study topics such as clinical counseling, basic human interaction, collaboration and innovation, group counseling, and more.

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Total Credits: 55
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to serve as a primary healthcare provider and prepare for the AANP or ANCC family nurse practitioner exam with courses focused on advanced theory and clinical nursing topics, as well as readiness exams.

Fast Facts:

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • 2020 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) pass rates for Rivier University grauates: 91% first-time pass rate vs. 85% for the national average
  • $660 cost/credit – nursing courses

Currently, there are tremendous career and earning opportunities for nurses who complete a national-ranked program such as the Riv online MSN FNP.  

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) is projected to grow 45 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.1  
  • BLS projections estimate that 29,400 yearly job openings to be available for APRNs, on average, over the decade.2  
  • Additionally, Massachusetts ranks in the top five “Top Paying States for Nurse Practitioners with a mean wage of $126,050.3

Advance your skills to improve population health and patient outcomes as you prepare for senior leadership roles throughout healthcare.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Total Credits: 36
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions

Teach in all areas of healthcare delivery, including schools of nursing, acute care facilities, and other healthcare settings.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Total Credits: 36
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions
  • #1 private nursing school in New Hampshire

Learn a broad-based business education with a focus on leadership, problem-solving, and strategic innovation.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Total Credits: 36
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions
  • #7 Best MBA in Healthcare Management

Gain a broad education in the traditional areas of business, as well as in the cross-disciplinary skills of leadership, problem-solving, and strategic management.

  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Total Credits: 36
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions

Learn a strong foundation in business functions while providing concentrated study in the strategies and approaches of managing information technology.

  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Total Credits: 36
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions
  • #5 Best MBA in Information Technology

Build a broad-based competency in leadership, problem-solving, and strategic management skills along with key topics in marketing.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Total Credits: 36
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions
  • #27 Best MBA in Marketing

Learn current business trends and emerging technologies to understand both worlds and make smart decisions to help business and technology work cohesively.

  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Total Credits: 36
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions
  • Optional Internship and Curricular Practical Training Track

This program provides a selection of career-driven courses and an Addiction Studies track to help you gain the specific skills you need for a career in human services. As a graduate of this program, your advanced knowledge will help you create genuine and emphatic relationships with others so you can become a trusted voice in the community and a successful human services professional.

  • Duration: 2.5-4 years
  • Total Credits: 120
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions
  • Optional Addiction Studies Track
  • Part of the Alumni Advantage Program*

Gain a strong foundation of psychology and learn hands-on skills for career advancement in the field of psychology or human services. Specialized study topics include drugs and behaviors, counseling theories and practices, human sexuality, social psychology, and more.

  • Duration: 2-4 years
  • Total Credits: 120-121
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions
  • Optional Addiction Studies Track
  • Part of the Alumni Advantage Program*

Learn foundational skills you can apply to a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors and customize your learning for specific career goals.

  • Duration: 2-4 years
  • Total Credits: 120
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions

Advance your nursing career and impact the lives of others. As a BSN-prepared nurse, you’ll enjoy a broad scope of practice and develop the skills necessary to help save more lives.

  • Duration: 2-4 years
  • Total Credits: 120
  • Multiple Start Dates & Rolling Admissions
  • #1 program in New Hampshire

The Rivier Advantage

Affordable Earn a competitive degree at a competitive price.

Personal Small class sizes and real-world experience provide students the skills they need for success.

Flexible Start when you want with rolling admission and terms beginning every seven weeks.

Dynamic Obtain a quality education from a university with more than 90 years of experience educating students.

Alumni Advantage Program

Discover a Direct Pathway to Become a Licensed Counselor

Rivier’s Alumni Advantage Program makes it simple and easy to accomplish your career goals in counseling and become a licensed counselor by offering B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Human Services graduates the opportunity for guaranteed early admission into one of the two graduate programs in counseling and an alumni scholarship that will cover the cost of your first graduate course, which students can take in the final semester of their senior year. You can remain on your educational journey at Rivier and continue to experience a curriculum that offers strong academic programming, individualized attention, faculty support, and a focus on active learning.

Awards & Accolades

In rankings across four categories, Rivier earned top rankings both nationally and regionally, and placed as the #1 private nursing school in New Hampshire.

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Rivier University’s RN to BSN Program Ranked No. 1

Our online RN to BSN program is ranked first among all other programs in New Hampshire.

Admissions Info

Take advantage of rolling admissions and terms beginning every seven weeks, so you can choose the best time for you to start earning your degree.

Have you decided to complete your degree at Rivier University? Complete our online application.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid comes in a variety of forms. From scholarships and loans to federal grants and student employment—there are many ways to cover the cost of your education. While the process may seem intimidating, our support staff is committed to guiding you through the process and making sure that you are comfortable with your plan. Please complete the form so that we can provide you with additional information.

Strategic Partners Program

With Rivier’s Strategic Partners Program, we can provide innovative and relevant degree programs for professionals to advance their knowledge and careers. And as a bonus, employees of Rivier’s partners are eligible for tuition discounts.

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About Rivier University

Rivier University is a Catholic institution that welcomes students from all backgrounds and provides a transformative and supportive educational experience. Throughout our history, we have been dedicated to providing a learning environment that educates the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. Our graduates excel professionally, academically, and in service to their communities.

Sources

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners, at https://www.bls.gov (visited November 24, 2021).
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