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The Janet Udall Schaefer ’52 Center for Health Sciences

Schaefer Center for Health Sciences

With higher first-time pass rates on the National Council of Licensure Examination than other nursing graduates nationwide, we are proud of the work we are doing to prepare nursing and health sciences professionals to make a difference today and in the future.

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The Janet Udall Schaefer ’52 Center for Health Sciences

This new facility will expand and accelerate preparation of new healthcare workers and provide ladders for advancement for current healthcare workers. With new programs in-person and online, and a state-of-the-art facility for clinical training, more individuals of all ages will be equipped to meaningfully contribute to healthcare.

Abigail Cooke ’20

I entered the nursing field during a crisis that surprised the entire country and cannot claim it was easy - but it would have been much harder if I did not have the knowledge, passion, and confidence I gained while in nursing school at Colby-Sawyer.

I entered the nursing field during a crisis that surprised the entire country and cannot claim it was easy - but it would have been much harder if I did not have the knowledge, passion, and confidence I gained while in nursing school at Colby-Sawyer.

Abigail Cooke ’20, RN
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital


For more than 40 years, Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program has been preparing leaders in nursing and health sciences through a tradition of excellence.

Delivered in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Colby-Sawyer’s programs give students clinical experience working side by side with professionals at one of the nation’s leading academic hospitals, and provide academic preparation in one of the state’s most distinctive, top-performing undergraduate nursing programs.

Colby-Sawyer and Dartmouth-Hitchcock launched this five-year project to expand the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. With a $3.25 million investment from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, combined with support from donors and friends, we have been able to increase enrollment in the undergraduate nursing program, add new degree programs at all levels, and build a new center for clinical and academic excellence at the heart of Colby-Sawyer’s campus.

With new programs in-person and online, and a state-of-the-art facility for clinical training, more individuals of all ages will be equipped to meaningfully contribute to healthcare.

This expansion of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences will

Create a vibrant center for academic and clinical training

Increase enrollment across nursing and health sciences programs

Launch new undergraduate, graduate, associate and doctorate degree programs in areas of critical need

Provide new routes into healthcare for individuals at all career stages