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.

A vocational, career, or community college is a two-year higher education institution that usually offers technical degrees. Due to the relatively short period of study, these schools offer a rapid path to nursing employment. Licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs usually require 12-18 months of fulltime study, while registered nursing (RN) programs take two to three years of enrollment. Below are some of the largest Rhode Island community colleges and vocational schools with nursing programs.

Community College of Rhode Island

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 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