Rhode Island Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide provides you with important information on the nursing programs, including several profiles, 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 from an online university like the University of Phoenix.

Rhode Island School Facts:

  • 2 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 3 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 2 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: Salve Regina University 72%.1
  • Highest net price: Salve Regina University $30,018.1
  • Lowest net price: Rhode Island College $8,426.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Rhode Island with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $18,296 – $33,950.2
  • No schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100.

Below you will find profiles of several undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Rhode Island.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Rhode Island

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 Tech
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 in Rhode Island

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.

Reviews of Rhode Island Nursing Programs

Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Ave
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 825-1000

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

University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Rd
Kingston, RI 02881
(401) 874-1000

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

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=RI&major=nursing&sort=best