Healthcare plays a critical role in local economic development. Nashua has a well-developed healthcare industry and serves as the medical hub for much of southern New Hampshire. The three major hospital systems in Nashua serve as major employers for our region, as well as attractions for new businesses and workers who make access to top-notch medical services a priority.

Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital constitute the second and third largest employers in Nashua with 2,174 and 1,741 employees respectively.

Our local colleges and universities have strong academic and training programs that support the continued infusion of skilled workers into this industry.

Rivier University offers a number of programs in nursing and health care management that include two-year, four-year, and graduate degree programs. Rivier also offers a B.S. program in biology with a concentration in allied health.

Nashua Community College offers students an associate’s degree in Nursing program, as well as professional development training.