Rhode Island MSN Programs

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island: RN to MS Program Review
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 111 Brewster Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island is a health center that offers a joint masters degree program in biological sciences and Nurse Anesthesia. The hospital can trace its founding to 1901 when it was incorporated.

Instructors in the Nurse Anesthesia program are from Central Connecticut State University. Students in the Nurse Anesthesia program will have the opportunity to perform healthcare rotations at various area hospitals in the area in addition to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Courses in the first phase of the program are taken on campus in Connecticut. In the second part of the program, nursing students will engage in clinical experience at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.

Students have two degree options for admission to the CRNA program. The program accepts nurses with a BSN as well as nurses with an ADN or diploma and bachelors degree in biology. Prerequisite courses in Chemistry and Biology are required for admission to the RN to MS nurse anesthesia program. Students will need both a Rhode Island and Massachusetts nursing license for their clinical rotations. These licenses must be obtained prior to practicum experience. A minimum of one year of career experience in a critical care setting is required for admission to the Nurse Anesthesia program.

Rhode Island College: RN to MSN Program Review

Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave

Providence, RI 02908

Rhode Island College, abbreviated as RIC, is a private college based in the Rhode Island city of Providence. The college serves about 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Rhode Island College was founded in 1854 as a teacher preparation school.

The following tracks are available in the RN to MSN program at Rhode Island College:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

Public Health/Community Leadership

In all tracks, nursing students will be eligible to take the certification exam upon completion of their MSN program. The nursing masters programs are available on a full or part time program of study. Students in the Adult-Gerontology specialization will complete a 45 credit program, while students in the Public Health/Community Leadership program will complete a 42 credit program.

In order to be admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing program at Rhode Island College a student should have a bachelors degree in nursing from a program accredited by the CCNE or NLNAC and a Rhode Island nursing license. A 3.0 GPA is required for admission to the nursing masters program, though in some cases conditional admission is offered. The only prerequisite course required to apply to the nursing masters tracks is statistics, which must be completed with a “C” or higher. Scores for the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Exam must be submitted with the application.

St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses: RN to MS Program Review

St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses

200 High Service Avenue

North Providence, RI, 02904

St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses is based in North Providence, Rhode Island. The school was established in 1962, and offers nursing courses which are delivered by SJHSAN, with some courses delivered by the University of New England.

In addition to completing clinical training at St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, students will also complete nursing coursework at off-campus sites and hospitals in the area. Each year 10 students are admitted to the Nurse Anesthesia Program at St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing. Students in the program should have a nursing license for both Massachusetts and Rhode Island since clinical rotations will be offered in both places. In addition to submitting an application, aspiring CRNA’s should have Graduate Record Exam scores in the 30th percentile.

A biochemistry course completed with a grade “B” or higher is a prerequisite for the Nurse Anesthesia program. Applicants to the Nurse Anesthesia masters program should have a bachelors degree in nursing from an accredited program earned with a 3.0 or higher GPA. In some cases, applicants may be required to sit for an interview with the admission committee. One year of experience in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, or other critical care setting approved by the admission committee is required.

University of Rhode Island: RN to MS Program Review

University of Rhode Island

35 Campus Ave

Kingston, RI 02881

The University of Rhode Island is one of the largest public universities in the state. Kingston serves as the location of the main campus, though other campuses are located in Providence, Narragansett Bay and West Greenwich. The university was founded in 1892 as Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.

The Master of Science nursing program offers training in the following areas:

Nursing Education

Nursing Administration

Family Nurse Practitioner

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Clinical Nurse Specialist also offered)

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

If desired, a student may choose to study more than one concentration. For example, a nurse practitioner student may enroll in nursing education classes. The RN to MS program is available on full and part time study plans. With the exception of the nurse practitioner tracks which are 42 credits, all other nursing masters tracks are 41 credits.

Admissions requirements to the nursing masters program include a bachelors degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nursing body. A prerequisite course in statistics should be completed to aid in understanding nursing research. A score from the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Exam, taken within the past five years is required along with the application. Applicants need to write a personal statement in support of their application.