School of Nursing

College of Health & Natural Sciences

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.

Our nursing programs are certified by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

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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.

(O) = Online

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

See all available undergraduate programs

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. 

(I) = In Person (O) = Online

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

A Graduate Certificate is offered in:


Meet the Dean

Dr. Maria Altobello
Dr. Maria Altobello
Dean of the College of Health & Natural Sciences

(603) 647-3530
Dr. Maria Altobello  joined Franklin Pierce University in 2001 as a member of the graduate-level Business faculty, became Associate Dean of Distance Education, and has served as the Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University since 2015. She has overseen the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Physician Assistant Studies, and Nursing programs, as well as online graduate and undergraduate programs.

Dr. Altobello earned her M.B.A. and Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. She holds an A.L.M. in Information Technology from Harvard University.

Meet the Director 

Dr. Paula McWilliam
Dr. Paula McWilliam
Director, School of Nursing 

(603) 647-3540


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.


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.