Bachelor of Science (Pre-Licensure)


Undergrad Programs

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 Requirements:

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 or mailed to:

College of Nursing
White Hall
39 Butterfield Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Please contact 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.

Curriculum Sheets

Fall 2023 - 4 year plan
Fall 2023 - 4 1/2 year Plan
Fall 2019 - Spring 2023 4 year plan
Fall 2019 - Spring 2023 4 ½ year plan
Fall 2019 – Current: Pathway’s Scholars
Fall 2018 Entrance: 4 year plan
Fall 2018 Entrance: 4 1/2 year plan
Fall 2017 Entrance: 4 year plan
Fall 2017 Entrance: 4 1/2 year plan
Fall 2016 Entrance (PDF)

Course Descriptions

Required Non-Nursing Courses

BIO 220* Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 cr
BIO 221* Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 1 cr
BIO 222* Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 cr
BIO 223* Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory 1 cr
CHM 103* Introductory Chemistry (A1) 3 cr
CHM 124* Introduction to Organic Chemistry 3 cr
CMB 201 Introduction to Medical Microbiology 4 cr
NUT 207 General Nutrition (B3, A1) 3 cr
STA 220 Statistics in Modern Society (B3) 3 cr
URI 101 Planning for Academic Success 1 cr
WRT 104/106* Writing to Inform and Explain | Research Writing (B1,B4) 3 cr

Required Nursing Courses

NUR 100* Foundations of Professional Practice 3 cr
NUR 203 Comprehensive Health Assessment 3 cr
NUR 213 Pathophysiology 3 cr
NUR 208 Growth, Development and Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3 cr
NUR 233 Introduction to Care of Adults and Older Adults 3 cr
NUR 234 Practicum: Care of Adults and Older Adults 3 cr
NUR 243 Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing 3 cr
NUR 253 Nursing Research 3 cr
NUR 313 Acute Care of Adults and Older Adults 3 cr
NUR 314 Practicum: Clients with Acute and Chronic Illnesses 3 cr
NUR 333 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3 cr
NUR 334 Practicum: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 3 cr
NUR 353 Family Health Nursing 4 cr
NUR 354 Practicum: Family Health Nursing 3 cr
NUR 412 Health Care Economics, Policy and Ethics 3 cr
NUR 443 Community/Public Health Nursing 3 cr
NUR 444 Practicum: Community/Public Health Nursing 3 cr
NUR 413 Complex Care of Adults and Older Adults 3 cr
NUR 415 Transition to Professional Nursing Practices 3 cr
NUR 417 Clinical Immersion 6 cr
  Total Nursing Credits 64

General Education

Fall 2016 – Current 2001 – Spring 2016 Entrance

*Pre-requisite Course

With the exception of URI 101, all courses on this page require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Licensure Disclosure

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.