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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rhode Island is home to 9,870 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), 1,050 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 11,570 registered nurses (RNs). The state’s aspiring nurses have a broad range of education programs from which to choose, including both large public universities and small private colleges with limited class sizes. Below are some of the best nursing schools in Rhode Island, listed from the largest to the smallest.

University of Rhode Island
Despite an undergraduate enrollment of 13,354 students, URI advertises itself as combining the individual attention of a small college with the impressive clinical experiences of a large university. It offers a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), master of science in nursing (MSN), and two doctoral nursing programs.

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Rhode Island College
Rhode Island College boasts the largest baccalaureate nursing program in the state. This public college is consistently regarded as one of Rhode Island’s best nursing schools. Three nursing programs are available for prospective students: a traditional four-year baccalaureate program, an RN-to-BSN completion program, and an MSN program.

St Joseph School of Nursing
Students who prefer a smaller, more intimate academic environment should consider St Joseph School of Nursing at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. The school has a student body of fewer than 1,000 individuals and an excellent performance track record on the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination.

To help Rhode Island’s aspiring nurses, we’ve included below additional information on the state’s best nursing schools.