Rhode Island College, Office of College Communications and Marketing, News Release


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island College School of Nursing announces the graduate certificate program in nurse care management, designed to meet an emerging need for nurse care and case managers across health care settings.

Nurse care managers provide patient assessment, treatment planning, health care facilitation and advocacy within all health care settings, including private practices and hospitals.

“This program will be the first of its kind and meet a critical need in Rhode Island’s health care landscape,” RIC President Nancy Carriuolo said. “This program is part of RIC’s ongoing efforts to support the needs of Rhode Island’s economy and continues our tradition of exceptional nursing education.”

The 15-credit program consists of four existing courses – Health Care Systems, Professional Role Development, Public Health Science and Epidemiology – and a new course, Nursing Care Management. RIC Associate Professor of Nursing Jeanne Schwager developed the curriculum for the program’s newly created Nurse Care Management course in cooperation with The Rhode Island Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, which supports medical facilities with patient-based care models.

Students in this course will examine evidence-based approaches to the coordinating services for populations across health care systems. These approaches are designed to enhance client-centered, outcomes-based quality improvement and cost containment.

“Patient-centered medical homes need nurses to take on care coordinator roles, and nurses need graduate-level education to acquire skill sets and knowledge required for those positions,” said Schwager, who is coordinator for RIC’s M.S.N. public health option.

RIC School of Nursing Dean Jane Williams adds, “Rhode Island College’s School of Nursing is well positioned to support this program, which will strengthen our commitment to public health in the state.”

To be admitted to the Nurse Care Management program, applicants must have earned a bachelor of science in nursing from a nationally accredited program. The program begins in fall 2014 and applicants can register for courses beginning Aug. 21.

Graduates of the Nurse Care Management program will meet continuing education requirements for the American Nurse Association (ANA) Credential Center nursing case management certification. Successful completion of the certificate program will also allow students the opportunity to transition to RIC’s M.S.N. program. Additionally, current M.S.N. students may choose to take the Nurse Care Management course as an elective, thus earning the graduate certificate and qualifying them for specialist certification.

The RIC School of Nursing offers a baccalaureate nursing program and M.S.N. programs in the following: adult/gerontology with an acute care emphasis, nurse anesthesia and public health/community leadership.

RIC’s B.S.N. graduates have a 94 percent pass rate on their licensure examinations. For more information on RIC’s nursing program, visit www.ric.edu/nursing.

Established in Providence in 1854, Rhode Island College serves approximately 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students through its five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Social Work, the School of Management and the School of Nursing. For more information, visit www.ric.edu.