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Four-year colleges and universities are typically large institutions that offer intensive undergraduate programs of study. Many of these schools also offer graduate degrees. A number of Rhode Island’s major nursing employers, like Genesis Healthcare, prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university. Some employers nationwide, like the U.S. Army and Navy, have gone one step further by mandating that all nurses have baccalaureate education.

Career paths
Rhode Island’s four-year colleges and universities offer a variety of degree programs. An aspiring registered nurse (RN) can enroll in a prelicensure program, either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). All RNs must also pass the NCLEX-RN licensure examination before practicing. An existing RN who wants to assume a managerial or specialist role may pursue a graduate degree for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

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Graduate education
APRNs must hold a master’s or doctor’s degree. Many existing nurses will enroll in a large state institution, like University of Rhode Island, to pursue graduate education for a specialist role like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist. Although these graduate courses can be expensive, APRNs earn a significant return on their educational investment. For example, Rhode Island’s nurse practitioners receive a median annual salary of almost $100,000.

Four-year colleges and universities enhance their graduates’ employment prospects. For those interested in learning more, we have listed below all of Rhode Island’s colleges and universities with accredited nursing programs.

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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
School City Programs offered
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

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
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
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