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We prepare you for innovative, evidence-based, patient-centered care. Graduates of the Franklin Pierce School of Nursing are competent, caring and ethical leaders in healthcare. In a supportive and respectful learning environment, they are trained to make sound clinical judgments, communicate effectively, assume leadership and advocacy roles, and promote the health and well-being of diverse individuals, families, and communities.

Undergraduate Programs

As a working nurse with your associate’s degree or nursing diploma, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100% online. Our faculty and staff will help you create a flexible, personalized schedule that works for you. You’ll gain professional knowledge, critical thinking and leadership skills that prepare you for jobs with higher pay and more responsibility.

You can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing:

  • RN to BSN: Online

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Graduate Programs

Whether you are a nurse with a bachelor’s degree, an R.N. or a nursing diploma, there is path to your Master of Science in Nursing at Franklin Pierce. You can choose a concentration in Nursing Leadership or Nursing Education. Our experienced faculty are strong mentors and educators, and encourage your participation in ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research that can expand your career options.

You can earn your Master of Science in Nursing through the following programs:

  • Master’s Entry Program: On-campus (Manchester)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Leadership or Education concentrations): On-campus (Manchester)
  • MSN/Master of Business Administration Dual Degree: Hybrid (Manchester and online)
  • Graduate Certificate (Nursing Education): Online

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Meet Dean Paula McWilliam

Dr. Paula McWilliam joined Franklin Pierce University in 2015 and has served as Director of Nursing since 2017. McWilliam is an expert in curriculum design and clinical practice. Her clinical research is currently focused on improving outcomes for neonatal intubation and resuscitation. She holds a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Science in Nursing – Perinatal and Neonatal Health from the State University of New York, and a Baccalaureate in Nursing from Barry University. Prior to joining academia, McWilliam spent 10 years as a neonatal nurse practitioner at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Meet Our Nursing Faculty

Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

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