Where Can I Receive Education to Become a Nurse in Rhode Island?

Find out which Rhode Island schools offer nursing programs. See requirements, prerequisites and school information for nursing degree programs in Rhode Island. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are you planning on studying nursing at the undergraduate or graduate level in Rhode Island? Take a look at the coursework and costs at four nursing schools in the state.

What You Need to Know

You could complete an associate's degree program in six or seven terms, depending on the school. These programs prepare you to take the registered nursing exam, and your coursework includes general education classes, nursing theories courses and clinical rotations.

Bachelor's degree programs are available for those students with no prior college experience. These programs take four years to complete and include the same requirements as associate's programs, along with nursing administration courses. Students who have an associate's degree or nursing diploma can earn a bachelor's degree through an accelerated program.

Master's degree programs take two or three years to complete, depending on if you're enrolled full or part time. These programs prepare you to work as a nursing leader, administrator or educator. You could also focus on becoming a nurse practitioner through a master's program. These programs may include classroom lectures, clinical experiences and scholarly research.

Associate's Degrees in Rhode Island

Community College of Rhode Island

The nursing program at Community College of Rhode Island is offered at the college's Knight, Flanagan, Liston and Newport County campuses. Flanagan and Newport County also offer evening and weekend classes. Courses in the program incorporate Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, teaching you about the physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, legal and ethical considerations of patient care. You'll learn both in the classroom and through clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings. Geriatric nursing, mother/child care and psychiatric nursing are some of the topics you'll cover.

  • Program Name: Associate in Science - Nursing Level II
  • Program Length: 6 semesters (36 months)
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,266, in-state $11,496, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Specific classes, including dosage calculations for medication administration, human anatomy and physiology, introductions to health careers and microbiology, English composition and an elective in social science or humanities
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 17,553 (all undergraduates)

New England Institute of Technology

At the New England Institute of Technology, you'll learn through a combination of classroom studies, laboratory work and clinical experience in health care facilities. The curriculum emphasizes holistic care, with student nurses trained to use sensitivity as well as their critical and logical thinking skills. You'll work closely with faculty members who can accommodate all styles of learning. Your courses will include medical office software, anatomy, pharmacology, maternal/child health and pediatric nursing.

  • Program Name: Associate in Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 7 quarters (21 months)
  • Tuition and Fees: $23,031 (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit; 2,841 undergraduates and 81 graduate students

Bachelor's Degrees in Rhode Island

Rhode Island College

In addition to a basic baccalaureate program for high school graduates and transfer students, Rhode Island College's School of Nursing offers an accelerated degree program for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another subject and an RN to BSN program for nurses who hold associate's degrees or diplomas from hospital programs. The school partners with several area health care facilities where clinical practice is offered, and it coordinates classroom and clinical work so you'll get hands-on experience in what you're studying. In addition to general education courses and courses on nursing fundamentals, you'll take classes that look at the cross-cultural aspects of death and grief, maternal/child care and healing practices.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 4 years (basic baccalaureate program)
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,197, in-state; $19,858, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Anatomy, human development, general, organic and biological chemistry II
  • Requirements: Rhode Island nursing license (for the RN to BSN program option)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 7,518 undergraduates and 1,123 graduate students

University of Rhode Island

As an undergraduate, you have two paths available to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at this school. If you're just beginning college, you can take the traditional 4-year program. If you're already an RN with a diploma or an associate's degree, you can choose the accelerated program to earn your BSN. In each program, you'll learn nursing theory and critical thinking skills in the classroom and get hands-on practice through experiences in health care facilities throughout the state. Thanatology, the study of death, loss and grief, is integrated into nursing courses, and you can pursue a minor in the subject.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 4-year, basic RN; 120 credits, RN to BSN
  • Tuition and Fees: $ $12,862, in-state; $28,852, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: Rhode Island nursing license; current clinical practice experience (RN to BSN)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 13,589 undergraduates and 2,982 graduate students

Master's Degrees in Rhode Island

Rhode Island College

The master's program at Rhode Island College offers two areas of study, both taught in full- and part-time programs. In adult/gerontology with an acute care emphasis, you can follow either the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) track. Courses include classroom and clinical experience in pharmacology, health assessment and older adult health. After completing the program, you'll be qualified for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Adult Acute NP or CNS exam. You'll qualify for the ANCC Advanced Public Health Certification exam if you choose the public health/community leadership course of study. In this program, you'll study and gain clinical experience in epidemiology, genetics and health care systems.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Specializations: Adult/gerontology with an acute care emphasis; public health/community leadership
  • Program Length: 4 semesters, plus summer session, full-time; 6 semesters, plus summer session, part-time
  • Tuition: $6,696, in-state; $13,032, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Course in statistics (MATH 240 or equivalent), with minimum grade of 'C'
  • Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in an upper-division nursing major from an accredited program; Rhode Island nursing license
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 7,518 undergraduates and 1,123 graduate students

University of Rhode Island

In the University of Rhode Island's master's degree program, you can complete requirements to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in family care, acute care or adult/gerontology or qualify for credentials as a nurse educator or administrator. You'll take classroom courses and engage in clinical experiences. In each of these programs, you'll finish your studies with independent scholarly work and submission of a major paper. You'll also be able to conduct research in thanatology, the study of grief, loss and death.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Specializations: Administration, nurse educator, family nurse practitioner (NP), acute care NP, adult/gerontology NP
  • Program Length: 41-44 credit hours, depending on program
  • Tuition: $11,796, in-state; $24,206, out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Basic statistics course
  • Requirements: Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program; eligibility for RN licensure in Rhode Island; at least two years of clinical nursing experience
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 13,589 undergraduates and 2,982 graduate students

To wrap things up, students can earn nursing associate's degrees at the Community College of Rhode Island and New England Institute of Technology or pursue a bachelor's or master's degree at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island.

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