If you are a caring person who wants to change lives, work in health care, and will study hard to meet your goals, then come to Great Bay! Faculty committed to your growth will guide you in class, clinical and lab to help you “think like a nurse”, learn new skills and teach others to stay healthy. You will work with the health care team to build safe and healing settings for patients.
Faculty are passionate about Nursing as a calling and a profession that helps people to be as healthy as possible. We support and guide each student to help maximize both learning potential and personal growth. We love Nursing and we want you to love it too.
Registered nurses work in a variety of settings and have many career paths they can follow. Our graduates are working in areas such as the emergency department, medical-surgical, telemetry, cancer care, maternity, administration, home care, hospice, dialysis, school nursing, psych-mental health, addictions, travel nursing, and corrections nursing. Some of our graduates have become nurse practitioners specializing in adult-geriatric, family, or psych-mental health. Find out more information about different Career Options for nurses.
Prior to meeting all program course requirements, the matriculated Nursing student may be eligible to apply to the NHBON for additional licensure after successful completion (defined as achieving a minimum course grade of “C+” ) of the following Nursing courses:
- Nursing I: Apply for additional licensure as a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)
- Nursing III: Apply for additional licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
The associate degree nursing program at Great Bay Community College meets the state education requirements for a Registered Nurse license in the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Great Bay Community College has not determined if the associate degree nursing program at Great Bay Community College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed.
The associate degree nursing program is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON). Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON) and Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate Services for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The New Hampshire Board of Nursing’s licensing regulations may restrict candidates who have been involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings. Questions about licensing restrictions should be addressed to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301.
The associate degree nursing program at Great Bay Community College located in Portsmouth, NH is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.
Total Overall Credits : 69
^Recommended. Any one-credit FYE course fulfills this requirement.
*Lab/Clinical consists of the following components: the simulation learning laboratory, the health care setting, ATI proctored testing, NURS212 Seminar and other activities designated as clinical by faculty.
**MATH145 or higher meets the math requirement.
Program Specific Requirements
This program is physically strenuous and requires some heavy lifting. Individuals must be able to meet the general health demands of the program in order to satisfy course/clinical learning outcomes and the requirements of the field.
After acceptance and prior to the first week of classes, all nursing students must:
- Submit a current (within 1 year prior to beginning first Nursing course) GBCC Health Report Form including all required health screening and immunizations.
- Submit documentation of initial and/or annual testing for Tuberculosis (TB).
- Submit documentation of Hepatitis B vaccine or a signed waiver.
- Submit documentation of Influenza vaccine or a signed waiver by October.
- Possess and maintain personal health and accident insurance.
- Possess and maintain professional liability insurance (purchased at Great Bay).
- Possess and maintain verification of current CPR: AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) or American Red Cross BLS for Health Care Providers. (Must include adult, child and infant rescue and AED use.)
- Complete a criminal background check through approved vendor. Students may be required to perform more than one criminal background check throughout the course of the program based on clinical facility requirements. Participation in clinical experiences may be restricted or denied based on results of criminal record check and therefore would affect the ability of the student to meet course objectives and successfully complete the program.
- Complete drug testing through approved vendor. Students may be required to perform more than one drug test throughout the course of the program based on clinical facility requirements. Participation in clinical experiences may be restricted or denied based on results of drug testing and therefore would affect the ability of the student to meet course objectives and successfully complete the program.
The goal of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare the student to provide direct care to patients in acute care, long-term care, and other structured settings. As a member of the discipline, the student collaborates with the healthcare team to provide and manage the care of patients. The student utilizes the nursing process as a basis for decision making in caring for well patients and patients with possible or actual health problems.
The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Classroom and clinical components of the Nursing courses must be completed concurrently. All Nursing courses must be completed within four years of the date of entry into the first Nursing course. Students admitted to or re-entering the program must meet current requirements necessary for graduation. Advanced Placement and Transfer are possible through transfer credit and testing. Students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science courses prior to admission to the Nursing program. Enrollment in these courses does not guarantee acceptance into the Nursing program. Students admitted into the Nursing program must take Nursing courses in sequence, and must achieve a minimum grade of C+ (76.67%) in all major theory and science courses (Nursing, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, and Microbiology) and a grade of “Pass” in clinical courses in order to continue in the program. Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II and Microbiology must be taken within a five year period from the time of acceptance into the Nursing program or concurrently as scheduled with the Nursing core courses. Students who do not successfully achieve the minimum grade in the major theory, science and other co-requisite courses as outlined in the program course sequencing will be Program Suspended from Nursing.
Labs / Facilities
The Nursing Simulated Learning Laboratory is 5,000 square feet with a nurses’ station and eleven patient care suites. Each suite has a hospital bed, bedside storage table, over bed table, headwall with oxygen and suction, IV pole with infusion pump, and privacy curtains. A variety of manikins provide simulated clinical learning of technical, interventional, communication, and critical thinking skills. There are two dedicated simulation rooms. One is to teach the labor and delivery process and the other is for practicing medical surgical skills. There are four computer stations for students to practice documentation and complete lab activities. There is also a lab classroom that seats 48 students.
Clinical experiences support students to meet course and clinical learning outcomes. Settings include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care communities, community health centers, schools, and visiting nurse agencies. Our clinical partners include Anna Jaques Hospital, Cornerstone VNA, Exeter Hospital, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Hampstead Hospital, Langdon Place, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, RiverWoods, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Learning experiences and clinical practice may vary in time and in locations including days, evenings, and/or weekends. Transportation to and from the clinical site is the responsibility of the student.
The Great Bay Student Nurse Association (GBSNA) is an active club for students in Nursing or Liberal Arts (pre-Nursing). GBSNA has hosted or actively participated in: food and clothing drives, fund raising, test taking skills seminars, NCLEX review courses, Student Leadership Retreat, leadership and professional development workshops, bone marrow drives, membership recruitment and other social events, and the National Student Nurses Association’s annual convention. The convention has been held in Orlando, Nashville, and Salt Lake City. GBSNA has earned several awards including the President’s Award for Outstanding Student and Student Organization Advisor of the Year.
A review of all COMPLETED Admission files will begin in March. Nursing program applications must be completed by February 28 to be considered for acceptance in the fall class.
- Complete an application for the program.
- Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
- Provide an official copy of prior college transcripts if seeking transfer credit.
- Provide proof of completion of high school algebra, biology, and chemistry or equivalent with a grade of “C” or greater or proof of registration in a course with projected date of completion by June 30th of the current year.
- Complete the ATI TEAS V Pre-Entrance exam* with minimum or greater adjusted individual scores as indicated in each of the four areas of the test:
- Reading – 74.5
- Math – 68.8
- Science – 55.3
- English and Language Usage – 66.7
- Applicants are permitted to take the TEAS V exam 3 times per 12-month period. Test dates must be at least 6 weeks apart and are valid for two years. Exams must be taken no later than two weeks prior to the application deadline.
- Provide two professional references on the official form provided by The College (Alternative formats are not accepted).
- Special Consideration points are given to applicants who:
- Have completed college level Human Anatomy Physiology I and/or II prior to the February 28th deadline with a grade of “C+” within the past 5 years from the time of acceptance
- Are LNAs or Health Occupation students in a CTE high school program prior to the February 28th deadline
*The ATI TEAS V Pre-Entrance Exam is designed to identify areas that may need strengthening before a prospective student begins the major course of study in Nursing. To receive information regarding the ATI TEAS V Pre-Entrance Exam or to register for a specific exam date, contact ATI at www.atitesting.com .
Students who successfully complete the Nursing program and the NCLEX-RN exam have the option to continue their education in one of many RN-BSN completion programs including: Southern New Hampshire University, Granite State College, Rivier University, Salve Regina University, and Franklin Pierce University.
In addition to the admissions requirements (excluding the ATI TEAS V Preadmission Entrance Exam), students seeking Advanced Placement or Transfer must have completed all prerequisite coursework by examination, challenge or transfer credit.
A student must be a currently licensed practical nurse (LPN). In addition, in order to be considered for advanced placement into NURS211G, Nursing III, a student must successfully complete the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (NACE) I: Foundations of Nursing with a required overall percent correct score of 74% or better within the past two years in order to be granted credit. Please contact the Department of Nursing Chair for specific information about this exam. Students accepted for Advanced Placement into the senior year are required to take NURS200G Advanced Placement Seminar prior to the start of the senior year. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Placement Seminar, students are granted transfer credit for NURS111G and NURS112G via Credit by Examination (CRE). The fee associated with CRE is waived for Advanced Placement Nursing students. Nursing Advanced Placement applications must be completed by May 1st to be considered for acceptance in the fall Nursing III class. In addition to meeting all requirements, admission is on a space-available basis.
In order to be considered for transfer from another Nursing program into NURS112G, Nursing II, students must have successfully completed (defined as achieving a minimum course grade of “C+”) a Nursing Fundamentals course while matriculated in another nursing program, and the ATI Fundamentals exam. A minimum or greater adjusted individual score of 63.3% is required on this exam within the past two years in order to be granted credit via Credit by Examination (CRE). The fee associated with CRE is waived for students who transfer into Nursing. Nursing Transfer applications must be completed by December 1st to be considered for acceptance in the spring Nursing II class. In addition to meeting all requirements, admission is on a space-available basis.
Nursing Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to specific Nursing course transfer policies noted above and other Great Bay Community College transfer credit policies, a minimum grade of C+ (76.67%) must have been achieved in Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II and Microbiology within a five year period from the time of acceptance into the Nursing program in order to have these courses meet the Nursing curriculum requirements.
- Communicate professionally and collaboratively with individuals, families and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team to promote mutual respect and shared decision making. (Communication/Collaboration and Teamwork)
- Utilize information and technology to manage information, minimize error and support decision making. (Informatics & Technology)
- Embrace the leadership role, promote change and foster achievement that will facilitate the realization of shared goals. (Leadership)
- Incorporate principles and theories from humanities, sciences and social sciences; demonstrate accountability for the delivery of standard-based nursing care that is consistent with moral, legal, ethical and regulatory principles. (Professionalism & Knowledge)
- Provide safe, compassionate, holistic patient-centered care in collaboration with diverse patients and their families, making practice decisions using the best current evidence to meet their individual preferences, values and needs. (Evidence Based Practice / Patient-Centered Care)
- Demonstrate an awareness of the overall components of the health care system through the effective utilization of resources to optimize outcomes in various health care delivery settings. (Systems-Based Practice)
- Utilize quality initiatives and quality indicators to deliver safe patient-centered care. (Quality Improvement/Safety)
RiverWoods, Exeter, a local retirement community, administers a scholarship for freshmen nursing students. Students who apply must have a minimum GPA, complete an essay, and show interest in working with senior adults upon graduation. Four $2,000 scholarships are awarded annually to freshmen nursing students.
The Alice M. and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust administers scholarships in the amount of $1,000-$5,000 for NH residents pursuing a career in nursing, medicine, or social work, with financial need and scholastic excellence
Performance on NCLEX-RN Exam
NH Pass Rate
National Pass Rate
*as of October 31, 2019
Program Retention Rate
(Fall to Spring)
% completed (within 150% of the time of program stated length)
Job Placement Rate
% employed in Nursing (within 1 year of grad)
“I transferred to Great Bay from a four-year college because I thought Great Bay provided a better opportunity for me to succeed in my studies. I love how challenging the nursing program is and I am confident that I will be prepared for a full-time position in critical care, as well as continuing my education. Great Bay has given me a strong sense of community and friends that I will value for the rest of my life.”
Emily Brashear (Class of 2020)
“Great Bay’s nursing program was an affordable and efficient way to earn my R.N. license. The program boasts high NCLEX scores and offers a wide variety of clinical experiences. I would’ve never considered homecare as an option until I had the opportunity, through Great Bay’s Nursing program, to experience it first-hand. I’ve been working as a home health nurse since I graduated and couldn’t be happier.”
Johanna Cannon (Class of 2016)