URI’s baccalaureate nursing program is designed to prepare students academically and personally to become professional nurses. It aims to develop knowledgeable, compassionate, and insightful graduates who are poised to become leaders in healthcare delivery. As future clinicians and scholars, the URI Baccalaureate nursing student will be vested in foundational theory and contemporary practice while being given the opportunity for clinical experiences with individuals, families, and communities, across populations, both locally and globally.
Nursing is the largest discipline in healthcare delivery and our program prepares students for collaborative, interdisciplinary, practice. Working with faculty who are expert clinicians, scholars, and innovators, students will be challenged to have a deep appreciation of factors that impact patient wellbeing and forward creative, contemporary approaches in patient-centered care.
Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) which is required for licensure as a Registered Nurse.
Bachelor of Science Degree Program Outcomes
- Knowledge for Nursing Practice: Integrate knowledge from liberal arts and sciences to enrich nursing knowledge and practice.
- Person-Centered Care: Implement compassionate person- centered, evidence-based nursing care to clients across the lifespan and spheres of care.
- Population Health: Use principles of social justice, advocacy, and collaboration to promote equitable care at the local, state, national, and global level.
- Scholarship for the Nursing Discipline: Engage in scholarly inquiry and critically appraise research as the foundation to deliver evidence-based nursing and ethical practice.
- Quality and Safety: Integrate quality improvement principles to promote a culture of safety and ensure cost-effective, value- based care.
- Interprofessional Partnerships: Collaborate with clients, health professionals, and other colleagues in the provision of safe, effective care across the spheres of care.
- Systems-Based Practice: Coordinate and utilize resources across the healthcare system and in the community to provide safe, quality, equitable and value-based care to diverse populations.
- Informatics and Healthcare Technologies: Effectively use healthcare technology to improve interprofessional communication and enhance person- centered care delivery.
- Professionalism: Uphold professional conduct and standards, prioritize personal development through self-reflection, and embody a nursing identity grounded in ethics and social justice for exemplary practice.
- Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development: Foster nursing wellness and exemplary care by applying self-care principles, embracing a spirit of inquiry, and cultivating an ethical nursing identity through self-reflection and feedback.
All new students should refer to the University of Rhode Island admission website for specific admission requirements. Currently, transfer students are not admissible to the pre-licensure nursing program. If you attended the University of Rhode Island as a degree seeking student in the past you must apply for readmission.
Readmission applications are reviewed by the Scholastic Standing Committee (SSC) at the end of the fall semester for entry in the following spring semester only. The SSC looks for strength in the sciences and a grade point average over 3.0. Applicants must complete the following courses with a ‘C’ or better: Writing (WRT 104 or 106), Introductory Chemistry (CHM 103), Introduction to Organic Chemistry (CHM 124), Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II, Lab I and II( BIO 220, BIO 221, BIO 222, BIO 223). Admission is not guaranteed even if pre-requisites are met. To apply for readmission, please submit the following materials:
- Readmission Form
- Personal Statement
- Transcripts from all other Institutions
- Materials may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
College of Nursing
39 Butterfield Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires 120 credits for graduation consisting of program specific courses, as well as, general education requirements. The program is designed to be completed in four years, and courses must be completed in the appropriate sequence. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to work with expert nursing faculty and to explore the health needs of diverse populations.
The clinical courses include experiences in numerous hospitals, community health agencies, nursing homes, schools and clinics throughout Rhode Island. From the very first clinical experience to the final semester, students will gain the competence and confidence needed to practice nursing in a constantly changing health-care arena.
Graduates are prepared to assume an entry-level position in medical-surgical, gerontology, maternity, pediatric, psychiatric-mental health, or community health nursing.
Required Non-Nursing Courses
|Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology I
|Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory
|Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology II
|Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory
|Introductory Chemistry (A1)
|Introduction to Organic Chemistry
|Introduction to Medical Microbiology
|General Nutrition (B3, A1)
|Statistics in Modern Society (B3)
|Planning for Academic Success
|Writing to Inform and Explain | Research Writing (B1,B4)
Required Nursing Courses
|Foundations of Professional Practice
|Comprehensive Health Assessment
|Growth, Development and Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
|Introduction to Care of Adults and Older Adults
|Practicum: Care of Adults and Older Adults
|Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing
|Acute Care of Adults and Older Adults
|Practicum: Clients with Acute and Chronic Illnesses
|Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
|Practicum: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
|Family Health Nursing
|Practicum: Family Health Nursing
|Health Care Economics, Policy and Ethics
|Community/Public Health Nursing
|Practicum: Community/Public Health Nursing
|Complex Care of Adults and Older Adults
|Transition to Professional Nursing Practices
|Total Nursing Credits
In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, URI hereby discloses only that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Rhode Island. The applicable licensing board in Rhode Island may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license, we encourage you to investigate those requirements. URI has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in any other states or territories and we encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory prior to accepting an offer of admission at URI.