We've organized a comprehensive list of Rhode Island nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Rhode Island city.

The master of science in nursing (MSN) degree is an advanced qualification for nurses to further their careers in specialized fields like nursing administration, nursing education, and family practice nursing. These specializations offer attractive salaries. For example, Rhode Island’s nurse practitioners earn a median annual salary of $99,560. Read below for detailed information on two of the state’s excellent MSN programs.

Rhode Island College

An RN-to-BSN program enables an existing registered nurse (RN) with an associate’s degree or hospital diploma to attain a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. This program meets the growing employer demand for BSN-educated nurses in the workforce. RNs with a baccalaureate degree will enjoy higher pay, greater autonomy, and enhanced career mobility. We’ve profiled below several of the RN-to-BSN programs available in Rhode Island.

University of Rhode Island

Rhode Island has two types of bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs: prelicensure programs that prepare students for the NCLEX-RN national examination, and RN-to-BSN programs that enable existing registered nurses (RNs) to earn a bachelor’s degree. Baccalaureate programs have grown in prominence as nursing employers place more emphasis on BSN education. Indeed, while Rhode Island’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $74,280, those with BSN degrees typically earn top-quartile pay of $86,610 or more. We highlight below several of the state’s best BSN programs.

Rhode Island has several associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) programs focused on preparing students for initial registered nursing (RN) licensure. This degree program has a relatively short duration, generally requiring just two years of full-time study. Some campuses offer evening classes for students who juggle study and work. The median annual income for Rhode Island’s RNs is $74,280. Below we profile two of Rhode Island’s accredited ADN programs in depth.

New England Institute of Technology

A registered nurse (RN) often directs a team of more junior licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, and orderlies. The RN thus plays a vital role in directing patient care. There are three types of RN prelicensure programs available in Rhode Island: hospital diploma, associate's degree in nursing (ADN), and bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Across all pathways, the median annual salary for Rhode Island’s RNs is just under $75,000. Below we’ve profiled several of the state’s top RN programs.

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island’s shortage of nurses is driving increased demand for new licensed practical nurses (LPNs) throughout the state. Most LPN certificate programs have a short duration, ranging from 12-18 months in length. LPNs make up around 11% of Rhode Island’s nurses, and they earn an attractive median annual salary of $53,060. The profession has been ranked one of Rhode Island’s top 50 occupations with the potential for future growth.

Rhode Island is expected to face a significant nursing shortage over the next ten to fifteen years. Students can address this gap and launch their nursing careers by enrolling in a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certificate program. CNAs assist patients with daily needs like eating, bathing, and using the restroom. They are also equipped with essential life skills like CPR. A CNA therefore plays a crucial and important role on every healthcare team.

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

Many students worry about the financial cost of pursuing higher education. Indeed, the all-in cost of any post-secondary program can be relatively steep, since it encompasses tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other living expenses. However, students can manage these costs through several critical decisions, including the type of program (certificate vs. degree) and institution (public vs. private) in which they enroll. We profile below several of Rhode Island’s nursing schools by cost of attendance.

Salve Regina University