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Five students are the First Graduates of the RN to BSN Program

July 10, 2013

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Five nursing students became the first graduates of Saint Anselm College's RN to BSN Program.At the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year, five nursing students became the first to complete Saint Anselm College's RN to BSN Program.

Scott Arthur, Brigid Dahlberg, Cynthia Darois, Lisa Rappa-Mannion, and Kathleen Richardson were the first registered nurses to be accepted into the RN to BSN Program and earn their bachelor of science in nursing from Saint Anselm.

Four of the five graduates attended the college's 120th Commencement on May 18 where they received their diplomas from retiring president Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B.

Through the college's RN to BSN Program, registered nurses holding an associate degree may obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through online and on-campus courses taught by the college's full-time faculty.

The program's first set of graduates attended full and part-time. Rappa-Smith, who worked at several hospitals and attended school full-time, was able to earn her degree in 15 months, the minimum amount of time the program requires. The other four graduates earned their degree in 18 months.

For more information about the RN to BSN Program, visit

Photo: (left to right) Scott Arthur, Lisa Rappa-Mannion, Kathleen Richardson, and Cynthia Darois.

Story by Briana Capistran '16

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