URI introduces new fully online R.N. to B.S. in Nursing Degree Program

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KINGSTON, RI. – September 2, 2015 – The University of Rhode Island today announced that it has introduced a new fully online Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.) degree program to begin in the fall. Offered through URI’s College of Nursing, the program will meet the needs of working registered nurses while addressing the shortage of those with bachelor’s degrees throughout New England and beyond. Applications for the program are now being accepted.


URI’s R.N. to B.S. program can be completed in as few as 15 months, depending on the number of credits students transfer. This enables students to pursue the advanced training required for leadership positions and increased earning potential, while balancing work, life, and family obligations. Multiple opportunities are offered per year to enter the program, with the first seven-week cycle to begin Sept. 8.


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education recommended an increase in the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees from 50 to 80 percent by 2020. This is in response to research showing that hospitalized patients have improved outcomes when cared for by registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees.


URI Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald H. DeHayes said, “Higher education everywhere faces substantial challenges related to access and affordability, especially for working and adult learners; URI sees online learning as an opportunity to help address workforce and career enhancement needs, while addressing access and affordability issues. That’s why we priced our program to be one of the most competitive R.N. to B.S. programs in the region.”


“URI’s College of Nursing has a history of making it easier for working registered nurses to earn their bachelor’s degrees and in turn advance their careers. With a national call for more fully prepared nurses, URI is answering that demand with an innovative and cost effective program,” said Mary Sullivan, interim Dean of the College of Nursing.


The fully online program is accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education and approved by the Rhode Island State Board of Nurse Registration and Nurse Education.


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About The University of Rhode Island


Founded in 1892, the University of Rhode Island is the principal public flagship research and graduate institution in Rhode Island, enrolling more than 13,700 undergraduate students and about 2,200 graduate students. Its main rural campus is located on 1,248 acres in Kingston, and its renowned Graduate School of Oceanography is located at the 165-acre Narragansett Bay Campus. URI is home to a premier center for behavioral psychology, one of the world’s foremost marine research institutions, an internationally recognized institute for the development of vaccines and treatments for diseases of the immune system, and Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence for explosives research and cyber security education. Its international engineering program is a national model. URI is the largest university in the nation’s smallest state. That means it offers the innovative research, discovery, and experiences typically found at larger universities, alongside the warm, friendly, student-centered atmosphere of smaller institutions. URI’s Providence Campus is home to the Feinstein College of Continuing Education, and the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich is focused on environmental education with 2,300 acres of forests, ponds and wetlands.


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