There are 10 accredited nursing schools in Rhode Island in our database.

Rhode Island is a tiny state, but that doesn’t mean its populace hasn’t been affected by the worldwide nursing shortage. A combination of an aging nursing workforce and a comparative lack of new nursing students means that virtually every area of the U.S. is having trouble finding enough nurses to staff all of their health care facilities.

This is excellent news for people that are considering getting into nursing, since it means that both nursing schools and health care centers alike are prepared to offer generous incentives to new nursing students.


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Though Rhode Island doesn’t have a lot of nursing schools in comparison to some of the larger, more populous states, they do have a lot of excellent career opportunities for new graduates. Rhode Island is also home to many affluent areas, and salaries and sign on bonuses for new nurses reflect that cost of living.


Nursing Degrees by Program in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island is fairly populated compared to its size, so nursing schools run into problems with students being waitlisted, and streamlining the hiring process for graduates to ensure that there is a job for every student. In the future, there are plans to institute programs that will encourage nurses to become nursing educators. This will offer another career option for nursing students, as well as create additional jobs.

Career Options for Rhode Island Nurses

Salaries for Rhode Island nurses don’t vary much based on what area the nurse works in, but they do vary depending on what type of health care facility he or she is employed by. Hospitals, doctors’ offices, psychiatric centers, and hospice care units all have different pay scales, benefits packages, and may or may not offer sign on bonuses. Salary wise, an RN in Providence will earn a median salary of about $69,000, well above the national average.

Rhode Island Board of Nursing

Rhode Island’s Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education is Rhode Island’s regulatory body for all nursing activities. It’s a key resource for nurses and nursing students seeking information on licensing and examinations, educational requirements, the Nurse Practice Act, and more. The Board can be reached via their website, or at Registration and Nursing Education, 105 Cannon Building, Three Captiol Hill, Providence, RI, 02908.

Nursing Scholarships & Grants Info for Rhode Island

Following are examples of nursing scholarships and grants for Rhode Island nursing students enrolled in accredited nursing programs.

Nursing Foundation of Rhode Island
Students enrolled in a Rhode Island nursing program to become registered nurses or practical nurses are eligible to apply for a Nursing Education Scholarship from the Foundation.  There are 10 separate scholarships but only one application is required.  Scholarship awards are based on academic scores, financial need, and commitment to the profession.  Students studying to be practical nurses must submit applications by May annually.  Registered nursing student applications are due by June annually.  Awards range from $500 to $1,000.  For applications, contact the Foundation at (401) 223-9680.  Completed applications must be mailed to the Foundation, c/o Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 41702, Providence, RI 02940.

The Lucy C. Ayres Foundation, Inc.
Nursing students who live in Rhode Island may be eligible for nursing scholarships from the Foundation.  They also provide specific support to the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing. Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, commitment to the community, and financial need.  Award amounts vary and there are no deadlines for application submissions.  Interested students should contact the Foundation for current applications and guidelines.  They are located at 300 Centerville Road, Suite 300S, Warwick, RI 02886.  If you have questions, you can call the Foundation at (401) 246-1326.

Rhode Island College
Students attending the School of Nursing at the Rhode Island College have access to over 30 nursing scholarship programs.  Each program has separate eligibility and submission requirements.  Scholarship awards range from $100 to $10,000 with several being renewable.   Nursing students should contact the School of Nursing for more information.  The School can be reached at (401) 456-8013.

John P. Burke Memorial Fund
Scholarships are available to nursing students who have been employed by a Rhode Island Golf Association member club.  In addition to the Fund application, applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, financial need, letters of recommendation, and interview by the Fund.  Award amounts vary.  Completed applications are due to the Fund by mid-April annually.  For applications and guidelines, write the Fund at 1 Button Hole Drive, Suite 2, Providence, RI 02909 or call them at (401) 272-1350.

Comstock Memorial Scholarship Trust
Children of employees of Acme Electric/Tracewell Corporation are eligible to the Trust for scholarships.  Nursing students who meet this eligibility criterion can apply for nursing scholarships.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, personal essay, and letters of recommendation.  Award amounts vary.  Applications must be submitted to the Trust by the end of January annually.  For current applications and guidelines, contact the Trust, c/o Bank of America, N.A., P.O. Box 1802, Providence, RI 02901 or by calling (585) 546-9303.  Completed applications must be mailed to the Trust, c/o Bank of America, N.A., 1 East Avenue, NY7-144-04-04, Rochester, NY 14638.

Thompson Scholarship Fund
The Foundation provides nursing scholarships to high school students graduating from Rogers High School in Newport, Rhode Island who plan to pursue a four-year nursing degree.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic scores, personal essay, and letters of recommendation.  Award amounts vary.  Completed applications are due to the Fund by April annually.  For current applications and guidelines, contact the Fund at P.O. Box 389, Newport, RI 02840.  Applications must be submitted to the Fund, c/o Rogers High School, Attn: Guidance Office, 15 Wickham Road, Newport, RI 02840.  If you have general questions, you can call (401) 847-6235.

List of Nursing Schools & Accredited Programs in Rhode Island

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List of Rhode Island Nursing Schools

Community College of Rhode Island

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
400 East Ave
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1807
Phone:(401) 825-1000
Website:www.ccri.edu
Community College of Rhode Island is a 2-year, public institution.

Rhode Island College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Adult Health Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Public Health/Community Leadership Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
600 Mount Pleasant Ave
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
Phone:(401) 456-8000
Website:www.ric.edu
Rhode Island College is a 4-year, public institution.

Salve Regina University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN/BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840-4192
Phone:(401) 847-6650
Website:www.salve.edu
Salve Regina University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

St Joseph School of Nursing

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
200 High Service Ave
North Providence, Rhode Island 02904
Phone:(401) 456-3050
Website:www.nursingri.com
St Joseph School of Nursing is a 2-year, private not-for-profit institution.

University of Rhode Island

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Family Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Administration
Nursing Education
PhD in Nursing
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881
Phone:(401) 874-1000
Website:www.uri.edu
University of Rhode Island is a 4-year, public institution.

Community College of Rhode Island

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
400 East Ave
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1807
Phone:(401) 825-1000
Website:www.ccri.edu
Community College of Rhode Island is a 2-year, public institution.

Rhode Island College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Adult Health Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Public Health/Community Leadership Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
600 Mount Pleasant Ave
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
Phone:(401) 456-8000
Website:www.ric.edu
Rhode Island College is a 4-year, public institution.

Salve Regina University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN/BSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840-4192
Phone:(401) 847-6650
Website:www.salve.edu
Salve Regina University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit institution.

St Joseph School of Nursing

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
200 High Service Ave
North Providence, Rhode Island 02904
Phone:(401) 456-3050
Website:www.nursingri.com
St Joseph School of Nursing is a 2-year, private not-for-profit institution.

University of Rhode Island

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Family Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Administration
Nursing Education
PhD in Nursing
Registered Nurse to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881
Phone:(401) 874-1000
Website:www.uri.edu
University of Rhode Island is a 4-year, public institution.


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