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.  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 hospitals and 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 and in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Admission Requirements

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

1) Freshmen Students with no previous college study are admitted to University College for Academic Success with a major in nursing. After completion of the pre-requisite courses (BIO 121, 242, 244, CHM 103, 124, NUR 100, WRT 104 or 106) with a minimum grade of C or higher in each course and 3.00 overall grade point average, students will be considered for transfer into the College of Nursing and the clinical course sequence.  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:  

The usual time for completion of all requirements for students with no previous college or nursing study is eight semesters.

2) Transfer Students with college study in another major or nursing study in another baccalaureate program must meet the minimum admission requirements found on the Undergraduate Admission website: Admission is not guaranteed if requirements are met. Admission to the College of Nursing and the clinical course sequence is competitive based on GPA, which must be  minimally a 3.00 or higher.  Transfer students must also complete the pre-requisite courses (BIO 121, 242, 244, CHM 103, 124, NUR 100, WRT 104 or 106) with a minimum grade of C or higher in each course and acquire a URI-based grade point average of 3.00 or higher.  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 the College of Nursing and the clinical nursing courses on a space-available basis, usually in the spring semester.

3) Registered Nurse Students can choose from two R.N.-B.S. curriculum options: ON-CAMPUS or ONLINE. 

A) R.N.–B.S. On–Campus:  Admission requires students to complete a diploma or associate degree nursing program with a 2.6 GPA and have an active Rhode Island R.N. license. Students are required to take 18 credits of nursing courses as follows: NUR 246, 253, 346, 443, 444, and 446 or 503, (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.

R.N.-B.S. students enrolled in the on-campus option must have and maintain an active Rhode Island nursing license and malpractice insurance in order to complete clinical courses. Once admitted, a criminal background check and up-to-date health records will be required.

B) R.N.-B.S ONLINE: Admission requires students to complete a diploma or associate degree nursing program with a 2.6 GPA and have an active R.N. license. R.N.-B.S. ONLINE students are required to take 18 credits of nursing courses as follows: NUR 247, 253, 347, 443, 444, 447. A total of 120 credits is required for R.N.s to earn a B.S. degree. Thirty credits must be earned at URI.

R.N.-B.S. students enrolled in the online option must have and maintain an active nursing license in the state in which they are completing clinical assignments.

R.N. 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.

Progression and Graduation Requirements

Students are expected to achieve a C or higher in all NUR courses, all pre-requisite courses, and all additional required courses (STA 220, NFS 207, CMB 201). Pre-requisite and additional required courses for the traditional four-year B.S. degree include BIO 121, 242, 244, CHM 103, 124, CMB 201, NFS 207, NUR 100, STA 220 and WRT 104 or WRT 106; courses for the R.N.-B.S. degree include (BIO 121, 242, 244, CMB 201, STA 220, WRT 104 or WRT 106). All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.20 in order to progress through and graduate from 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, the College of Nursing Scholastic Standing Committee will review the student’s status. The student may choose to submit a written petition to the Committee, explaining the situation and request 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 the 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. If the student should achieve a C- or less in two NUR courses in a single semester, s/he will be immediately 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 responsibilities in nursing. Illegal use or possession of any controlled substances without a prescription is strictly prohibited and may result in dismissal from the College of 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 Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, Master’s degree in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Rhode Island is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate 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.

General Education Requirements

All College of Nursing students must meet the University’s General Education Program requirements.

General education consists of 40 credits. Each of the twelve outcomes (A1-D1) must be met by at least 3 credits.  A single course may meet more than one outcome, but cannot be double counted towards the 40 credit total.  At least one course must be a Grand Challenge (G designation). No more than twelve credits used to meet general education may be from the same course code, with the exception of honors HPR courses, which may have more than 12 credits. General education courses may also be used to meet requirements of the major or minor when appropriate.

General Education encompasses the following four key objectives (A-D), met by the following twelve outcomes:

A-Build knowledge of diverse peoples and cultures and of the natural and physical world through the following four outcomes:

A1 – Understand and apply theories and methods of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) disciplines

A2 – Understand theories and methods of the social and behavioral sciences

A3 – Understand the context and significance of the humanities using theoretical, historical, and experiential perspectives

A4– Understand the context and significance of arts and design

B-Develop intellectual and interdisciplinary competencies for academic and lifelong learning through the following four outcomes:

B1 – Write effective and precise texts that fulfill their communicative purposes and address various audiences

B2- Communicate effectively via listening, delivering oral presentations, and actively participating in group work

B3 – Apply the appropriate mathematical, statistical, or computational strategies to problem solving

B4 Develop information literacy to independently research complex issues

C-Exercise individual and social responsibilities through the following three outcomes:

C1- Develop and engage in civic knowledge and responsibilities

C2- Develop and exercise global responsibilities

C3– Develop and exercise diversity and inclusion responsibilities

 D-Integrate and apply abilities and capacities developed under each of the 3 above areas, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities

D1 Demonstrate the ability to synthesize multiple knowledge perspectives, competencies and responsibilities

G-Grand Challenge – Exploration of multiple perspectives of areas of contemporary significance, including their ethical implications

G- At least one course must have the “G” designation for Grand Challenge