How to Search for the Right Nursing School in Rhode Island

Find the Program and Degree for Your Career Goals

Even tiny Rhode Island is in dire need of nurses — close to 800 new RNs every year (1) and that doesn't count LPNs and nursing assistants. So if you're considering a career in nursing OR if you're already riding an RN job through your mid-career crisis, now's the time to make a move.

Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

How to Narrow Down the List of RI Nursing Schools

Prospective nursing students: look at the list below for schools that match your education and career goals for the short-term and the long-term. For example, if you are interested in getting an LPN job, then technical and vocational schools in Rhode Island typically deliver practical nurse programs.

The hands-down most popular track to an RN job, though, remains the community college programs. At any community college on the list you'll find the 2-year Associates degree in nursing offered. This gets you super prepped to pass your RN exam and gives you all the practical skills you'll need to land an entry-level nursing job. PLUS the ADN degree positions you to finish your BSN at any time you'd like. And many of these you'll find in convenient online accelerated programs.

Pro RNs, you have plenty of encouragement to climb the nursing ladder. Biggest demand is for nurse educators and RI nursing schools would love to have you. Salary-boosting advanced practice specialties requiring an MSN or grauduate certificates like the nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist and nurse midwife programs offer engaging job opportunities and unrivalled job autonomy.

Jobs and Salaries for Rhode Island Nurses

A few very excellent hospitals are located within the state and remain big nursing employers. Metro areas feature nursing salaries that are a bit higher than those in out of the way communities. But RI is smack dab between pricey Connecticut and Boston, so salaries are quite decent in comparison. Average salary range for a staff RN in Providence is between $56,600 and $68,000.(2)

Providence.

For information on state licensure requirements, visit the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Education.

Also, search our big list of online nursing schools for many more nursing education opportunities.

Campus-based Nursing Schools in Rhode Island

Community College of Rhode Island-Flanagan — Lincoln
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Community College of Rhode Island-Knight — Warwick
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Community College of Rhode Island-Liston — Providence
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Community College of Rhode Island — Newport
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island - Pawtucket
School of Nurse Anesthesia
COA Accredited

Rhode Island College — Providence
Department of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Saint Joseph's Health Services of Rhode Island Hospital — North Providence
St. Joseph School of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Salve Regina University — Newport
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses — North Providence
COA Accredited

University of Rhode Island — Kingston
CCNE Accredited

1 RiJobs.com
2 source, Salary.com

 

 

 

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