RN to BS On Campus – Special Programs


RN to BS on-campusThe RN to BS on campus program is offered in conjunction with the Office of Strategic initiatives. Partnering with clinical agencies the College of Nursing and Office of Strategic initiatives develops cohorts of nurses identified by their agency who will move through the academic program together. This successful partnership keeps the practicing RN in mind while working with agencies for workforce development.  

The RN to B.S. program is designed for registered nurses with an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing who wish to complete their baccalaureate degree. The credit requirement for graduation is 120, nursing courses are specifically designed for RNs and the opportunity to take graduate level courses in nursing or related disciplines in partial fulfillment of the BS degree requirements is provided. Nurses also have the option of earning the B.S. online.

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 transfer students should refer to the University of Rhode Island admission website for specific admission requirements. If you attended the University of Rhode Island as a degree seeking student in the past you must apply for readmission.

Readmission Requirements:

  • Associates Degree or Diploma in Nursing
  • 2.6 GPA
  • Copy of nursing license
  • Readmission form
  • Personal Statement (Why Nursing at URI?, What experiences have you had post URI?, What makes you a strong candidate?)
  • Official Transcript
  • Please specify if you are applying for readmission into the on campus or accelerated online program. Please note the online program runs in 7-week courses cycles.
  • Students will not be allowed to combine on campus and online course curriculum.
  • All materials must be mailed to:

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

Applications may also be emailed to nurse@uri.edu. For questions please contact the College of Nursing at 401-874-2766.


The RN to BS program requires 120 credits for graduation. Credits from other accredited colleges are accepted; however the student must complete at least 30 credits at URI in order to earn the B.S. degree in nursing. Students can transfer up to 75 credits at the associates level and 15 credits at the baccalaureate level for a potential total of 90 transfer credits. A grade of C or better is required in all starred (*) courses (see curriculum sheet below). A minimum 2.2GPA is required to progress through the program and to graduate. 

Curriculum Sheets

Fall 2021 - Present(PDF)
Fall 2018 - Spring 2021(PDF)
Fall 2016 - Spring 2018 Entrance (PDF)
Spring 2014-Spring 2016 Entrance (PDF)

Course Descriptions