The Program

URI’s baccalaureate program is designed to prepare students with academic and personal potential to become professional nurses. It aims to develop mature, well-informed graduates who will meet the challenges of health care delivery and continued learning.

Nursing is a creative activity that provides human services for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of the ill. It is interdependent with all other disciplines concerned with health. Nursing knowledge is viewed as a unique synthesis drawn from the humanities and the natural, biomedical, and social sciences. Students use a systems perspective as a conceptual base to nursing. This conceptual approach to nursing incorporates the whole person and his or her environment with the nursing process. Our nursing curriculum enhances students’ ability to function professionally in community and home care settings with diverse populations.

Clinical practicums include experience in numerous community agencies, schools, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, and hospitals throughout Rhode Island.

There are three routes to admission to the college’s baccalaureate program:

1) Students with no previous college study are admitted to University College for Academic Success with a major in nursing. After completion of 30–40 credits (which must include required foundation courses) with a minimum 3.00 overall grade point average and a 2.20 grade point average in the foundation courses, they will be considered for admission to NUR 203 and transfer into the College of Nursing. Seats are limited and competitively granted based on GPA, which must be minimally a 3.00 for consideration. Please see the College of Nursing’s Academic Policies for a full description of the entry process:

2) Students with college study in another major or nursing study in another baccalaureate program and a minimum of 45 completed credits, if accepted by the University, may be admitted directly into the College of Nursing. To enroll in clinical nursing courses, transfer students must acquire a URI-based grade point average of 3.00 or higher and 2.20 in the foundation courses. Admission to NUR 203 is competitive based on GPA, which must be minimally a 3.00. Grades from courses taken at the other institution are not included in the student’s grade point average. Students who transfer from another college or university are admitted into clinical nursing courses on a space-available basis, usually in the spring semester.

Because the number of students accepted into clinical courses is limited, transfer students are advised to contact the assistant dean before applying for admission to be sure of placement in a specific course.

3) Registered nurse students who have completed diploma or associate degree nursing programs are not required to submit scholastic aptitude scores when seeking admission. As adult students who have developed competence in basic subject areas, they may demonstrate their mastery by obtaining Registered Nurse (R.N.) Licensure in Rhode Island and either a diploma or an associate degree in nursing with a minimum GPA of 2.6.

R.N. – B.S. students are required to take 18 credits of nursing courses as follows: NUR 246, 253, 346, 443, 444, and 503, or 446 (with permission of instructor). A total of 120 credits is required for R.N.s to earn the B.S. degree. Thirty of those credits must be earned at URI. All accepted R.N.-B.S. students will have individualized program plans created by the R.N.-B.S. coordinator.

R.N.-B.S. students must have an active Rhode Island nursing license and malpractice insurance. Once admitted, a criminal background check and up-to-date health records will be required.

R.N.-B.S. students with a baccalaureate or master’s degree in another field, may be eligible for the M.S. program in nursing. Records will be individually evaluated to determine if the candidate must complete any undergraduate course work before starting the M.S. program.

The usual time for completion of all requirements for students with no previous college or nursing study is eight semesters. All students in the College of Nursing meet all the general education requirements of the University.

Students are expected to achieve a C or better in all NUR courses and a C in all foundation courses, and to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.20 in order to progress in the College of Nursing. Students who receive a C- or lower in any two NUR courses will be dismissed from the College of Nursing.

If a student receives a C- or less in a single NUR course, s/he may petition, in writing, the Scholastic Standing Committee to retake the course. Permission to retake the course will be granted on a space-available basis only. Even if successfully repeated, the C- remains on record as the first unsuccessful attempt referred to in this dismissal policy. There are no further allowances for repeating a NUR course, and any subsequent NUR coursework of C- or below will result in dismissal. However, if the student should achieve a C- or less in two NUR courses in a single semester, s/he will be dismissed from the College of Nursing.

The faculty reserves the right to require withdrawal from the college of a student who gives evidence academically and/or personally of inability to carry out professional responsibility in nursing. Students are limited to 18 credits per semester except by permission of the dean for special program adjustments or when participating in the Honors Program.

General expenses are approximately the same as for other University students. Nursing students pay a professional fee which covers special items such as academic achievement testing, and lab fees for each clinical course. The use of an automobile or funds to meet public transportation costs is required for the clinical experiences. Students must maintain car insurance as required by state law.

The program is approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education. The graduate is eligible for examination for professional licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.).

Students will be required to have criminal background checks in accordance with the law and with clinical and agency requirements. Updated health requirements and CPR certification are mandated throughout the clinical courses. Students will not be allowed in clinical courses without the completion of these requirements.