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Rhode Island Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide provides you with important information, including several profiles, on the nursing programs available at Rhode Island’s colleges and universities. Students pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate degree in nursing in Rhode Island can generally specialize their degrees, concentrating in such areas as family nurse practitioner, nursing education, adult gerontology nurse practitioner, and nursing administration. A viable, popular alternative to earning a traditional nursing degree is to pursue a bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing degree through a partially- or fully-online program.

Nursing Program Stats

  • 2 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 2 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: University of Rhode Island (#79, MSN; DNP not ranked).

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate: Salve Regina University 72%.1
  • Highest net price: Salve Regina University $28,867.1
  • Lowest net price: Community College of Rhode Island $6,169.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Rhode Island with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $8,372 – $30,693.2

Below you will find more information about the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Rhode Island.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Rhode Island

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Rhode Island nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Rhode Island Board of Registration and Nursing Education (http://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=231).

SchoolADN or LVN ProgramBSN ProgramGraduate Nursing ProgramACEN/CCNE Accredited*NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**Number TakingNCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate***Number TakingNet Price****
Community College of Rhode IslandYesNoNoACEN92.31%N/A86.18%N/A$6,169
New England Institute of TechnologyYesYesNoACENN/AN/A88%N/A$25,852
Rhode Island CollegeNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A93.2%N/A$8,632
Salve Regina UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/A85.07%N/A$28,867
St. Joseph’s School of Nursing-North ProvidenceYesNoNoNoN/AN/A96.30%N/AN/A
University of Rhode IslandNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A78.21%N/A$18,371

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

Schools in Rhode Island with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Community College of Rhode Island
Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) maintains an associate degree nursing program that can be completed on the Warwick, Lincoln, Providence, or Newport campuses. The Lincoln program offers evening and weekend courses, while all other campuses offer daytime programs. Admission is competitive and requires students to complete prerequisite courses and pre-admissions testing. CCRI also offers a practical nursing program, the only such program offered in the state. Both the associate degree registered nursing program and practical nursing program at CCRI are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education.

St. Joseph’s School of Nursing-North Providence
St. Joseph’s School of Nursing-North Providence offers a diploma program that qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and become registered nurses in Rhode Island. The curriculum includes courses in Pharmacology, Adult Health, Maternal Child Health, and Mental Health. A total of 720 clinical hours is completed as part of the program. St. Joseph’s School of Nursing-North Providence has affiliate partnerships with Community College of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University which can make it easier for students to transfer credits between institutions. The nursing program at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing-North Providence is approved by the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education and holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

Salve Regina University
Salve Regina University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The four-year, 132 credit program includes field experience and clinical practicums totaling 850 hours. In addition to general college coursework, nursing majors will focus on a rigorous nursing curriculum that includes the completion of a senior thesis, a capstone project, and a course that prepares students to take the NCLEX. Nursing majors may also want to become involved on campus by joining the Student Nurse Organization (SNO) or Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nursing students.

New England Technical Institute
New England Technical Institute, or New England Tech, provides flexibility for current registered nurses, who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing, with the fully online RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program. Students fulfill degree requirements, which include seven general courses and nursing coursework, on a part time basis and all coursework is completed online. A clinical practicum totaling 60 hours is also required. Classes span 10 weeks and are held in quarter sessions. Four quarters make up each year. Nursing majors will take such classes as health assessment across the lifespan, ethical issues in nursing, leadership and management, and applied research statistics.

Master’s in Nursing Programs

University of Rhode Island
Nursing students at the University of Rhode Island can pursue a Master of Science (MS) in one of several nursing concentrations, including nursing administration, nursing education, adult care nurse practitioner, adult gerontology nurse practitioner/clinical nurse leader, clinical specialist in psychiatric mental health, and family nurse practitioner. Programs require between 41 and 42 credits with all students required to complete 14 credits of core courses in nursing research, theories of practice for nursing, advanced leadership in the health policy process, and theoretical study of phenomena in nursing. A one-credit graduate study seminar is also mandatory. Students must also pass comprehensive exams to earn their degree.

Rhode Island College
Rhode Island College affords graduate students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in adult gerontology with an acute care emphasis and public health and community leadership. Both full-time and part-time study are permitted. Students in both tracks must complete two courses in advanced nursing research and health care systems. The adult gerontology track consists of 45 total credits while the public health and community leadership track comprises 42 credits to fulfill degree requirements. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a current registered nurse’s license and must provide official transcripts and three professional references. Candidates for the adult gerontology track must have a minimum of one year of experience in acute care.

Student Reviews

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Ave
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 825-1000
https://www.ccri.edu/

Student Review: “CCRI was a great way to start out in the field of Nursing. Their ADN (RN) program has the affordability of a community college, but most of the professors are truly outstanding. I had been out of school for a while and it felt easier to go back knowing that I could afford to do so. They also have a nights and weekends program, which I took advantage of, because it allowed me to progress through the entire program while still working full time and only missing a minimal amount of work when necessary. It was definitely a difficult program, especially combined with a busy life, but I felt like I had a university level education. I just finished my degree this week and I feel confident for taking the boards and starting a career as a nurse.” – Student at Community College of Rhode Island
stars-4

University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Rd
Kingston, RI 02881
(401) 874-1000
https://www.uri.edu/

Student Review: “I had a great experience [at University of Rhode Island]. I graduated in 2013. The main thing that stuck out were my professors. They were very knowledgeable and helpful. I was able to look at a few of them as mentors and gain a valuable relationship with them. I have had some helpful conversations about the field with them one on one, with advice that I will never forget. Someone of them were even on a first name basis. I had a great experience with the clinical portion. My only minor thing I disliked was how far one of them was compared to my others. The program was hard and there were definitely weeks where I felt like all I did was study. However overall I loved the experience, and I met some lifelong friends in the field.” – Student at University of Rhode Island
stars-5

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=RI&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
6. Rhode Island Board of Registration and Nursing Education: http://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=231