University of Rhode Island: DNP & PhD in Nursing Program Review
University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing, White Hall, 2 Heathman Road, Kingston, RI 02881-2021.
The University of Rhode Island is a public research university located in Kingston, Rhode Island. Other URI campuses include the Feinstein Providence Campus located in the Rhode Island City of Providence, the Narragansett Bay Campus located in Narragansett and the W. Alton Jones campus in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. The University of Rhode Island serves over 14,000 students and was established in 1892.
The University of Rhode Island offers the only terminal nursing degree programs in the state of Rhode Island, and is one of very few universities to offer doctoral nursing programs in New England. Both a PhD in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice are offered for nurses seeking roles within or outside of the clinical setting.
The PhD in Nursing at the University of Rhode Island prepares nurses for careers in research that explores the healthcare environment and examines issues related to nurses and patients. Admission requirements to the program include a bachelors of science in nursing earned from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and also an MSN (Master of Science in Nursing).
The DNP program offers the opportunity to specialize as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in one of several areas including gerontology, psychiatry-mental health and the family. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practical degree that requires nurses to earn at least 510 clinical practice hours as part of the program. Prospective DNP students should have a masters degree.