About the College
Learn about our Philosophy of Human Life, Nursing, and Education.
The mission of the College of Nursing is to educate nursing students at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels; conduct, disseminate, and apply nursing research and scholarship; and contribute to the profession of nursing and to society through political, legal, and professional activities that are aimed at improving health and health care of the people of Rhode Island and beyond.
Faculty is committed to promoting students’ ethical development, critical thinking, and motivation for life-long learning and responsible practice. The baccalaureate program prepares professional nurses to practice in multiple types of health care settings. The master’s program prepares leaders who use advanced knowledge from nursing theory, research, practice, and leadership as advanced practice nurses, educators, or administrators. The doctoral program prepares nursing scholars and researchers who can contribute to the development of nursing knowledge. Students are sought from a wide range of cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. The College encourages close student-faculty interaction and interdisciplinary research partnerships involving faculty, students, and practitioners from within and outside the University. Learn more about outside outreach here.
Faculty is responsive to changing health care needs and changing roles of nurses within society. Faculty collaborate with professional organizations, governmental and health care agencies, as well as other educational institutions. The College strives for excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Faculty engage in diverse scholarly activities, practice, and service through cooperative governance and ongoing evaluation.
Undergraduate Degrees Offered
- Bachelor of Science (traditional)
- Bachelor of Science (RN to B.S.)
Graduate Degrees Offered
- Master of Science, with Specializations in:
- Advanced Practice (Concentrations: Family, Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
- Undergraduate: Approximately 850
The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Licensure Exam Pass Rates
Approximately 90% of URI nursing students pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) on the first try.