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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for enrollment as a nursing major?

All declared nursing majors admitted to Rhode Island College who anticipate enrolling in Nursing 220 or Nursing 222 in the fall semester must submit a completed Enrollment Form to the School of Nursing by April 15th of the preceding academic year. Students must meet the College Mathematics Competency and Writing Requirements and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Students must complete Biology 231, Chemistry 106, and Psychology 230 with a grade of C or better. Priority for course enrollment will be given to students who meet course requirements at Rhode Island College by the end of the spring semester or the first summer session. Students accepted to the College after April 15 as transfers or second-degree candidates should file an Enrollment Form with the School of Nursing and will be considered for enrollment based upon availability of seats after first summer session. The School of Nursing may require a personal interview.

Students who are admitted to Rhode Island College as Intended Nursing majors must complete and submit an Enrollment Form to the School of Nursing by April 15th or October 15th of the semester prior to the semester they expect to begin Nursing courses. At the time of enrollment application, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better, and have completed or be enrolled in the cognates Biology 231, Psychology 230 and Chemistry 106 with a grade of C or better and an overall cognate GPA of 2.67 or better.

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Do you have an honors program?

Undergraduate nursing majors of superior scholastic ability are eligible to participate in the honors program. During the junior and senior years, qualified students may pursue independent study or advanced work in the field. Upon completion of the program, a student will be awarded the Bachelor of Science with honors in nursing. Details of the application process and program procedures are available in the student handbook for nursing majors.

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Do I have to be a full-time student?

No, many of our students choose to enroll part time on a semester by semester basis.

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Why should I come to Rhode Island College?

  • It is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • We offer a strong liberal education and preparation for professional nursing practice
  • Our clinical placements occur in nationally recognized health care facilities and local community agencies
  • The program has transfer agreements with community colleges and provides a foundation for graduate study
  • Our graduates go on to practice in a variety of settings
  • It is financially affordable
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Will I be eligible to practice nursing?

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse in any state.

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Who are our students?

Our students are represented by great diversity in age, nationality, race, and prior educational accomplishment.

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Who are our faculty?

We have 34 full time faculty, each with a Master's Degree in a nursing specialty. Seventeen of our faculty are doctorally prepared. Many hold national certifications. In addition, 7 VA Nursing Academy work in the School of Nursing and Providence VA Medical Center.

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Page last updated: August 26, 2013