Nursing Schools in Rhode Island

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The Nursing schools in Rhode Island had to waitlist hundreds of applicants in recent years due to a shortage of nursing school faculty. Potential nursing school students, including registered nurses seeking a baccalaureate nursing degree, have had to delay their nursing education due to this shortage of nursing faculty. The nursing shortage in Rhode Island has hit a critical stage and the future looks to get much worse if there is not an increase in the number of nursing school graduates in Rhode Island.

Don’t let this get you down. Professional nursing organizations as well as state governments are working diligently find solutions to the impacted nursing programs. Make it a goal to do the best you possibly can in school and or work to be most competitive for spots at nursing schools in Rhode Island. Check out this article, How to Become a Nurse in Rhode Island to learn more about the job outlook and the various options for entering the field of professional nursing.

Online Nursing Schools in Rhode Island

The online nursing programs on we found offer an alternative to other Rhode Island nursing programs for registered nurses seeking to advance their career with an RN to BSN, RN to MSN or MSN. These online nursing schools are CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accredited, offer flexible class schedules for working nurses, offer courses comparable in content to Rhode Island nursing schools and are similar in cost per credit to other Rhode Island nursing schools. We are dedicated to helping graduate more skilled and highly educated nurses into the Rhode Island nursing work force.

Rhode Island Nursing Job Outlook and Salary Information

Given the state of the critical nursing shortage Rhode Island is facing new and veteran nurses are looking at a promising career in nursing as well as job security found in no other career field at this time. Nurses in Rhode Island, especially those holding their BSN or MSN, can basically write their own contracts at Rhode Island hospitals. Signing bonuses, flexible work schedules, benefits packages and tuition reimbursement or loan payback programs are just some of the perks Rhode Island nurses are looking at. There has not been a better time to start or advance your career in nursing.

According to, as of 5/3/07, the average annual salary for registered nurse (RN) job postings in Rhode Island was $57,000. According to, the median annual salary for a registered nurse in Providence, RI is $59,966. These salaries will vary depending on experience, location, specialty and education.

Nursing Schools Based in Rhode Island Offering BSN Nursing Programs

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

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

Salve Regina University

NLN accredited

Programs Offered: BSN, RN to BSN

100 Ochre Point Avenue,
Newport, RI 02840-4192,
PH: 401-847-6650

Schools Based in Rhode Island Offering ADN and Diploma Nursing Programs

New England Institute of Technology

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The Nursing Program holds candidacy status with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) that began in January of 2009. The approval status takes 2 years. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Programs Offered: Associate in Science Degree in Nursing

New England Institute of Technology,
2500 Post Road,
Warwick, RI 02886-2266

Community College of Rhode Island

Programs Offered: LPN, ADN

400 East Avenue,
Warwick, RI 02886-1807,
PH: 401-825-1000

St. Joseph School of Nursing

Programs Offered: Diploma in Nursing

200 High Service Ave,
North Providence, RI,
PH: 401-456-3050

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