Nursing Education

Our nurses are committed to life-long learning, personal and professional growth, and continuous improvement. Nursing provides a strong emphasis on orientation, in-service education, continuing education, academic education, and career development

Nursing Education at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics

Our Nursing Education department collaborates with subject matter experts and ancillary departments to create educational programs to meet the needs of nurses who practice in ambulatory, emergency, inpatient, perioperative and procedural care settings. Our programs are built using adult learning principles and evidence-based practice in support of patient safety and quality process improvement.

Nursing education manages our:

Continuing Nursing Education

Our Nursing Continuing Education Council (NCEC) provides live and enduring continuing nursing education (CNE) activities for nurses and health care professionals throughout New England and is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The NCEC is involved in planning, implementing and evaluating all continuing nursing education activities, including:

Center for Nursing Excellence

The Center for Nursing Excellence is a resource for all Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics nurses and employees interested in exploring careers in nursing. The Center for Nursing Excellence supports educational and professional development opportunities including:

  • Academic partnerships and discounted tuition rates: We partner with top nursing schools to provide tuition discounts and support for completing clinical requirements and student projects.
  • Academic and career development counseling: We offer flexible scheduling, customized and individualized support to meet the needs of our employees.
  • Annual academic scholarships for employees enrolled in accredited nursing degree programs.
  • Opportunities for student nurses: We offer several programs for students enrolled in accredited nursing degree programs.
  • Specialty certification support: We encourage nurses to become certified in their specialty by offering certification reimbursement, certification test preparation courses, an annual stipend and programs like Success Pays from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Additional Educational Programs



Clinical Ethics Committee

  • Serves as a resource to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics personnel, patients and families navigating ethical questions related to hospitalization and treatment
  • Sponsors educational programs for its members and the broader health care community in the region
  • Offers clinical ethics research opportunities
  • Provides community outreach

Dartmouth Biomedical Library

  • Offers instruction to help users with information resources, such as full-text journals and textbooks, MEDLINE, and the Internet.
  • Regularly-scheduled workshops
  • Workshops-on-request
  • Individual tutorials

Human Research Protection Program (IRB)

  • The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics - a federally mandated committee with the charge of overseeing institutional research projects involving human participants.

Life Support Program

Courses offered:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm recognition
  • Moderate sedation

Northern New England Geriatric Education Center

  • Education and resources designed to improve the health and quality of life for older adults in New Hampshire and Vermont by expanding the capacity of the healthcare workforce to provide high-quality, safe, and interdisciplinary care.

Patient Safety Training Center

  • Skills training for practice and competency development
  • Team training to develop communication skills and teamwork
  • Surgical task trainers (robots) to develop procedural and surgical skills
  • Standardized patient programs
  • Center for research studies and product testing

The Regional Program for Women’s and Children’s Health

  • Access to regional and national conferences and events
  • The latest pediatric and perinatal guidelines and protocols
  • A network of the region’s participating hospitals