Becoming an LPN in New Hampshire

The State of New Hampshire strives to promote professional nursing and improve health standards for all people in the state. By advancing the development of nursing, they seek to not only improve the quality of service but its availability to the community. The Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts a 17% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year in New Hampshire by 2024.To meet this growing demand for nurses, applicants can apply for a New Hampshire LPN license by either exam or by endorsement. New Hampshire participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact, allowing nurses from other NLC states to practice in the state without additional licensure.

New Hampshire LPN Licensing Requirements

To become an LPN in New Hampshire, the applicant must attend a state-approved nursing program that has a minimum combination of 600 classroom and clinical hours. Once coursework and hands-on training are complete, the graduate must sit for and pass the NCLEX exam.

In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:

  • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program sent directly from the school Registrar.
  • Application for temporary license.
  • Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.
  • Fingerprinting and criminal background check.

Licensing Applications and Forms:
https://www.oplc.nh.gov/nursing/forms-publications.htm#lpn

As 1 of 24 states in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), New Hampshire does not require additional licensing for nurses from other NLC states practicing within its jurisdiction. Nurses from outside of the compact area are encourage to apply for licensing in the state of New Hampshire by submitting an application for endorsement and providing:

  • Verification of original licensure.
  • Proof of working at least 400 hours in the past 4 years.
  • Completed 30 hours continued education credits in the past 2 years.
  • (Foreign educated and licensed nurses) Submit a course-by-course evaluation of original transcript to by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

New Hampshire LPN licenses expire every 2 years and require 30 hours of continued education during the licensing period to renew.

Learn more about New Hampshire LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in New Hampshire By Area

The table below lists career information retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in New Hampshire. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Manchester470$24.87$51,740
Nashua300$23.25$48,370
Portsmouth240$23.68$49,250
Dover, Durham140$22.60$47,020

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our New Hampshire LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

LPN Programs in New Hampshire

ProgramDetails
Harmony Health Care Institute
10 Al Paul Ln, Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 886-0822 Visit Homepage
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Salter School of Nursing & Allied Health
60 Rogers St, Manchester, NH 03103
(603) 622-8400 Visit Homepage
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