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Welcome to the School of Nursing at Rhode Island College. The School of Nursing offers a high-quality Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing programs and a new Doctor of Nursing Practice program established in the fall of 2016. Now more than ever our country needs highly skilled, compassionate, health care provides who can meet the demands of today’s challenging world. The RIC SON prepares you to think critically and respond ethically with dignity and respect for all.

Nurses are the frontline and backbone of health care delivery throughout the world, and it is no different now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we can make a difference not only for COVID-19 care, but also for other critical care. These are not easy times for anyone, especially nurses. But I can say, without a doubt, that I am prouder than ever to be one of them.

Teaching is at the center of the mission of the College and the School of Nursing. The nursing faculty are extraordinary professional nurse educators who teach both in the classroom and clinical areas. We partner with all major health care facilities in the state to offer the best clinical education possible. Our strong relationships with clinical colleagues facilitate clinical learning experiences for students. Classroom and clinical experiences are coordinated, allowing students the opportunity to apply what they are learning throughout their program.

Our goal is to provide learning experiences that assist students to master the content of professional nursing. We enhance learning with creative teaching and state of the art technology. Simulated clinical learning helps students foster critical thinking skills and develop technical skills. In the basic baccalaureate program, computerized testing is used to promote academic achievement and prepare students for the RN licensure exam.

Nursing students at Rhode Island College develop an understanding of what it means to be a professional. The rich liberal education undergraduate students experience in the general education program develops the broad knowledge and critical thinking essential for professionalism. Nursing faculty members are leaders in the professional nursing community and serve as role models for students. Faculty participate in scholarly activities and students develop an appreciation of nursing as a science and an art. We encourage students to participate in our program; involvement promotes academic success and sense of professional commitment.

As we begin another great year, it is my privilege to serve as the School of Nursing’s Dean. I welcome the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, and students to continue to advance Nursing at Rhode Island College. We appreciate your interest in the profession of nursing and in our nursing programs and I invite your comments, questions and suggestions.
Thank you.

Carolynn Masters PhD, RN
Dean​​​​​, School of Nursing

Page last updated: August 24, 2020