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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

While public institutions of higher education can offer low tuition costs, private colleges also boast several benefits. Many carry the prestige of a rich academic history, and most offer smaller class sizes than their public counterparts. Take a look at some of the best private nursing schools in Rhode Island below.

New England Institute of Technology
This college offers an associate of science degree in nursing which prepares students to work as registered nurses (RNs). This RN program can be completed in as little as 21 months of fulltime study. New England Institute of Technology is the only secular private nursing college in Rhode Island.

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Salve Regina University
This university offers two academic tracks: a prelicensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) track for students with no prior academic study in nursing, and an RN-to-BSN degree completion track for existing registered nurses. Salve Regina is the only Catholic university in Rhode Island that offers nursing programs.

St Joseph School of Nursing
As a religious school, St Joseph’s mission is to promote a healing ministry and carry on this ministry through service to others. The school is located at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, a Catholic hospital in North Providence. St Joseph offers Rhode Island’s only state-approved hospital diploma program. Graduates who wish to pursue nursing careers in the secular industry can still do so by working for major healthcare providers such as South County Hospital.

To aid Rhode Island’s aspiring nurses, we have included additional information below on the state’s private nursing schools.

Featured Schools

Providence

St. Joseph School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
School City Programs offered
St. Joseph School of Nursing North Providence
  • Diploma in Nursing

Other Rhode Island cities

New England Institute of Technology
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Salve Regina University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Salve Regina University Newport
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion