Rhode Island Master's Degree in Nursing

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Rhode Island MSN Programs

MSN programs in Rhode Island are a great opportunity for individuals to advance a nursing career. Many programs make it possible to nurses to earn an MSN from the starting point of an associate's or bachelor's degree. MSN programs allow one to specialize in one area of study and to gain valuable expertise.

MSN programs in Rhode Island give an individual a chance for greater earnings as nurse. Employers seek out master's graduates because these individuals have the training necessary to do advanced tasks. Taking one's education to this level shows dedication and ambition. Not only do MSN graduates have more job opportunities, but employers are often willing to pay more. The first step is to choose a program.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Those who prefer to learn in a classroom with other students and to be taught by a live instructor may want to look into traditional MSN programs offered throughout the state of Rhode Island. These programs are more structured than the online program format, as students are required to attend classes at the scheduled times.

The alternative to a traditional education program is to complete a degree online. While some have reservations about the quality of learning they might achieve in this way, it has worked well for many people. These programs offer a high level of flexibility because students can schedule classes and coursework around a busy lifestyle. The fact that these programs can be completed anywhere in the country means that there is a greater number of programs to choose from. Two examples of accredited online MSN programs are those offered by Northeastern University and National American University.

Northeastern University's MSN program offers an online Direct Entry Nursing master's degree program. This program can be entered into pre-licensure. For those who are already nurses with a BSN, 40 credit hours must be completed before earning the MSN, which is in the Administration/Leadership specialization. Other nursing specializations are offered at the Boston campus, but they are not taught online.

National American University's MSN program places emphasis on nursing education, due to the shortage of nurse educators. The program is offered through NAU distance learning.

Admission Requirements

The following admission criteria are common:

  • Graduation from accredited BSN program with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Personal goal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE Scores


Tuition varies by program. Currently, the cost to attend Northeastern University's online Direct Entry Nursing program is $915 per credit.

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University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

Rhode Island MSN Degree Prerequisites

Rhode Island nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Rhode Island Board of Nursing and Professional Regulation as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Rhode Island, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Rhode Island and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Rhode Island RN to MSN programs

Those holding Rhode Island RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Rhode Island MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Rhode Island, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Rhode Island Board of Nursing and Professional Regulation to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Rhode Island grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Rhode Island, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island MSN Degree Resources

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