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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master's degree program in nursing at Rhode Island College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (​).​

Simulation Orientation

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Nursing Program Application

Nursing Program Application Withdrawal Form

Information for Prospective Nursing Intended Major Students

Nursing is an art and a science. The art is the practice piece. The science is what forms the foundation to practice. In order to promote student success in this discipline, it is highly recommended that incoming students have a strong science background in courses such as biology, anatomy and chemistry. In addition to the sciences, a good foundation in math is essential for success. Grade point average (GPA) is important but courses that require exercising the brain, fine tuning study skills, problem-solving, and critical thinking are wise to take prior to entering Rhode Island College.

The School of Nursing (SON) will help students to be successful at the College. It is a competitive program requiring discipline, focus and time management. It is not a direct entry program as there is a second enrollment process for the SON. The prerequisites provide a preparatory foundation that will be utilized throughout the program. Becoming a nurse is an intensive undertaking. Students who have strong GPAs are the most likely to be admitted to the program. The challenge awaits you!

Basic Baccalaureate Program

The Basic Baccalaureate Program is the traditional program designed for high school graduates and transfer students.

The Basic Baccalaureate Program integrates knowledge of the arts and sciences with nursing theory to provide a framework for professional practice. The program is designed to be completed in four years. The three major elements of the nursing curriculum are general education, cognate and required nursing courses.

Basic Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Candidates​

The Basic Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Candidates is for individuals who already hold a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field.

The BSN program for second degree candidates builds on the first baccalaureate degree and includes cognate and required nursing courses. Individualized plans of study are prepared upon application to the College. Second Degree Candidates are admitted to the College intending to major in nursing and apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the BSN program according to established admission criteria.

RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN Program is for the Registered Nurse with an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Hospital Diploma.

The RN to BSN Program is designed for Registered Nurse (RN) students. RN students apply to the College as transfer students. RN students are granted 37 credits for their basic nursing program and additional credit for other academic work. The RN to BSN program includes general education requirements and required nursing courses. The program responds to the needs of the RN student population by offering credit for prior learning, flexible course scheduling, individualized learning experiences, and career development advising. RN students are admitted to the College intending to major in nursing and apply to the School of Nursing according to established criteria.


The mission of the undergraduate program in Nursing is to prepare entry-level professional nurses to provide high-quality and equitable health care for all people. To accomplish our mission we offer a basic baccalaureate program and an RN to BSN program for Registered Nurses. The baccalaureate nursing program combines the liberal arts and nursing education to help students develop knowledge and perspectives that promote professional advancement and responsible citizenship. Nursing faculty foster the intellectual development and personal growth of students through a commitment to excellence in teaching and by working with students to attain program objectives. Embracing the richness of the educational experience and advantages to the profession and society that accrue from a diverse student population, the School of Nursing welcomes and responds to students who vary with respect to age, gender, ethnicity, race, and socio-economic status. Faculty and students contribute to the improvement of health care through practice, service, and scholarship activities that extend to populations, agencies and institutions throughout the city of Providence, state of Rhode Island, and the surrounding community.​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: February 04, 2021