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Rhode Island is home to several accredited nursing schools, including four campuses of the Community College of Rhode Island system. These schools offer a broad range of nursing programs, from brief certificate courses to bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctoral degrees. We profile below the three key nursing roles in Rhode Island: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN).

Certified nursing assistant
Nursing assistants provide basic quality-of-life care for sick, injured, elderly, and convalescent patients. Aspiring CNAs in Rhode Island must complete a course with 80 hours of classroom instruction and on-site clinical experience. They must also pass a state-administered competency exam. The median annual salary for a nursing assistant in Rhode Island is about $28,000.

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Licensed practical nurse
The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a significant increase in LPN demand over the coming decade. Rhode Island’s LPNs must possess a license issued by the state or another member of the Nurse Licensure Compact. Community College of Rhode Island offers an LPN prelicensure program at its Warwick, Lincoln, Providence, and Newport campuses. Prospective LPNs must also pass the NCLEX-PN national exam before practicing. Rhode Island’s LPNs earn just over $53,000 per year on average.

Registered nurse
RNs have three prelicensure pathways in Rhode Island: a two-year associate’s degree, a three-year hospital diploma, or a four-year bachelor’s degree. While the first two pathways are certainly sufficient for licensure, employers are increasingly preferencing nurses with baccalaureate education for senior roles and promotions. Prospective RNs must also pass the NCLEX-RN national exam before practicing. While compensation varies by level of education, Rhode Island’s median annual salary for an RN is about $74,000.

To help Rhode Island’s future nurses select the best education, we’ve compiled below a complete list of the state’s accredited nursing schools.

Featured Schools

Providence

Community College of Rhode Island - Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Community College of Rhode Island - Providence
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rhode Island College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Community College of Rhode Island - Lincoln Lincoln
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Community College of Rhode Island - Providence Providence
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rhode Island College Providence
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
St. Joseph School of Nursing North Providence
  • Diploma in Nursing

Other Rhode Island cities

Community College of Rhode Island
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Community College of Rhode Island - Newport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
University of Rhode Island
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Community College of Rhode Island Warwick
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Community College of Rhode Island - Newport Newport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
University of Rhode Island Kingston
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion