Nurse Practitioner (APN) Programs in Rhode Island

Becoming a nurse practitioner (NP) in Rhode Island requires earning a degree with a nurse practitioner specialization. In general, the master's in nursing with a concentration in an area of nurse practitioner practice is the most common level of education for nurse practitioners. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is becoming more common as more programs are developed and approved. Listed below are nurse practitioner programs offered in Rhode Island both online and on-campus.

The University of Southern California (Nursing@USC) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-FNP) program is preparing a new family nurse practitioner (FNP) who will address both the biomedical and social factors affecting patient health. Through a first-of-its-kind integration of nursing and social work education. The program trains FNPs to deliver care across the life span in a variety of primary care settings. Click Here to contact Nursing@USC for more information.

Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Sciences (Nursing@Georgetown) offers an online Family Nurse Practitioner Master's program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner certification exams. Click here to contact Nursing@Georgetown and request additional information.

The online nurse practitioner programs have made higher education accessible to the working nurses as well as the nurse who is rurally located. Courses are completed online and interaction with classmates and faculty is easily done via online formats as well. Practicums are completed at clinical sites arranged by the student with the assistance of a faculty member. Clinical sites can often be arranged in the student's local community or region and campus attendance is not often required.

Online formats have become so common that even the nurse practitioner programs that are considered campus based offer a majority of the courses online. One nurse practitioner student in Rhode Island, who attends a campus based program, said "I attend class once a month and get most of my assignments via the web. I also submit my assignments via email or web-posting." The bottom line is that an online program can accommodate the flexibility needed by many nurses that would like to pursue higher education in nursing and provide an education that is identical or nearly identical to that of a campus-based program. It may be worth checking into.

Becoming a nurse practitioner in Rhode Island is rewarding both professionally and personally. It can also be a financially rewarding nursing career choice. According to the Advance for Nurse Practitioners 2007 Annual Salary Survey, nurse practitioners in Rhode Island made an average annual salary of $96,024, which ranked in the countries top five average annual salaries for nurse practitioners. Start researching the nurse practitioner programs offered in Rhode Island by contacting the schools listed below.

Nurse Practitioner Programs Offered in Rhode Island

Georgetown University Online Master's in Nursing

Georgetown University’s Online Master’s in Nursing Nursing@Georgetown enables registered nurses with a BSN to earn an MS in Nursing online from Georgetown University and prepare for certification in an APRN specialty. The deadline to apply is approaching. As a Nursing@Georgetown student, you will:

  • Earn your MS in Nursing in as few as 19 months.
  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP.
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice.

Click Here to request information from Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies

Maryville University

Maryville University - St. Louis offers two CCNE accredited online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Programs Offered Online: MSN - (Family Nurse Practitioner -FNP, Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - AGNP)

Spring Arbor University

The Spring Arbor University MSN programs are in the accreditation process with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MSN - Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare graduates to sit for National certification as an Adult and/or Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Request information about these MSN programs today.

Programs Offered: Online MSN - (Concentrations: MSN/MBA, MSN/Education, MSN/Nurse Practitioner)

Kaplan University

The RN to BSN program offered by Kaplan University is CCNE accredited. Kaplan University is currently seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education (CCNE) for the Master of Science in Nursing - nurse practitioner programs. The CCNE accreditation visit to Kaplan University for review of the MSN programs occurred in November, 2011. Graduates of unaccredited nurse practitioner programs are not eligible to sit for national certification exams. The majority of states require nurse practitioners to be nationally certified for licensure to practice. Currently the Online MSN - Adult NP and Family NP programs are only available in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and South Dakota. If you are at the "researching" nurse practitioner programs stage, this would be a worthwhile opportunity to request information from Kaplan University to learn more about approval dates and more.

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to MS in Nursing, MS in Nursing - (Tracks: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, Nurse Informatics), Graduate Certificate - (Tracks: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, Nurse Informatics)

Frontier Nursing University - Distance Education

The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. They offer online MSN Programs with post masters certificates in the following areas: Certified Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME), Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (accredited by the NLNAC). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN.

Programs Offered: Online ADN - MSN (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery) , Online MSN - (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery), DNP (Online)

Graceland University - School of Nursing

The RN-BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited. RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN program Practicums can be completed in the student's community.

Online Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN - (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), Post-Graduate Certificate (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education), Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP (Online)

Regis University - Loretto Height School of Nursing

The Regis University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to MS in Nursing (Tracks: Leadership in Health Care Systems - Management or Education), Online DNP - (Tracks: Advanced Practice Nursing, Advanced Leadership in Health Care)

Nursing Schools in Rhode Island Offering Nurse Practitioner Programs

University of Rhode Island College of Nursing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited BSN and MSN programs.

Programs Offered: BSN, RN to BSN, MSN - (Concentrations: Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Education, Clinical Specialist in Gerontology, Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner), PhD, Post-Graduate Certificates

  • University of Rhode Island, 2 Heathman Road, Kingston, RI 02881-2021, PH: 401-874-2766

School of Nursing at Rhode Island College

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited.

Programs Offered: BSN, second degree BSN, RN to BSN, MSN - (Concentrations: CNS - Public Health/Community Leadership, CNS - Acute care / Critical Care)

  • Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02908-1991, PH: 401-456-8000

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