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College of Nursing


Curriculum Requirements

Dayle H. Joseph, Dean

Michaela Mooney, Assistant Dean

The College of Nursing offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The college also offers the Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.


Professors Burbank, Dufault, Dunphy, Joseph, Schwartz-Barcott, and M. Sullivan; Associate Professors Coppa, Curtin, Ferszt, Hames, and Martins; Assistant Professors Erickson-Owens and Hawes; Instructors Leveillee and Misto; Clinical Professor Mercer; Associate Clinical Professors Doyle-Moss, Lavin, Palm, and Stout; Clinical Assistant Professors Carley, Cloud, Dassie, Dugas, Paquette, Thulier, and Zakewicz; Associate Professors Emeritae Feather, Godfrey-Brown, Miller, Viau, and Yeaw; Assistant Clinical Professor Emerita Evans.

URI's baccalaureate program is designed to prepare students with academic and personal potential to become professional nurses. It aims to develop mature, well-informed graduates who will meet the challenges of health care delivery and continued learning.

Nursing is a creative activity that provides human services for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of the ill. It is interdependent with all other disciplines concerned with health. Nursing knowledge is viewed as a unique synthesis drawn from the humanities and the natural, biomedical, and social sciences. Students use a systems perspective as a conceptual base to nursing. This conceptual approach to nursing incorporates the whole person and his or her environment with the nursing process. Our nursing curriculum enhances students' ability to function professionally in community and home care settings with diverse populations.

Clinical practicums include experience in numerous community agencies, schools, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, and hospitals throughout Rhode Island.

There are three routes to admission to the college’s baccalaureate program:

1) Students with no previous college study begin their preparation in University College with a major in nursing. After completion of 30-40 credits (which must include required foundation courses) with a minimum 3.00 overall grade point average and a 2.20 grade point average in the foundation courses, they transfer to the College of Nursing. Because the number of students accepted into clinical courses is limited, admission to NUR 203 is competitive based on GPA, which must be minimally a 3.00.

2) Students with college study in another major or some nursing study in another baccalaureate program and a minimum of 45 completed credits, if accepted by the University, may be admitted directly into the College of Nursing. To enroll in clinical nursing courses, transfer students must acquire a URI-based grade point average of 3.00 or higher and 2.20 in the foundation courses. Admission to NUR 203 is competitive based on GPA, which must be minimally a 3.00. Grades from courses taken at the other institution are not included in the student’s grade point average. Students who transfer from another college or university are admitted into clinical nursing courses on a space-available basis.

Because the number of students accepted into clinical courses is limited, transfer students are advised to contact the assistant dean before applying for admission to be sure of placement in a specific course.

3) Registered nurse students who have completed diploma or associate degree programs are not required to submit scholastic aptitude scores when seeking admission. As adult students who have developed competence in basic subject areas, they may demonstrate their mastery by completing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board. Advanced credit allowances are based on a review of the candidate’s test scores and preparatory experience.

R.N. students are required to take 18 credits of nursing courses as follows: NUR 246, 253, 346, 443, 444, and 446 or 503. R.N. students must have an active Rhode Island nursing license and malpractice insurance.

A total of 120 credits is required for R.N.s to earn the B.S. degree. Thirty of those credits must be earned at URI.

The usual time for completion of all requirements for students with no previous college or nursing study is eight semesters. All students in the College of Nursing meet all the general education requirements of the University, as listed in “Undergraduate Program Requirements.”

Students are expected to achieve a C (73) or better in all NUR courses and in all foundation courses, and to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.20 in order to progress in the College of Nursing. Students who receive a C- or lower in any two NUR courses will be dismissed from the College of Nursing.

If a student receives a C- or less in a single NUR course, s/he may petition, in writing, the Scholastic Standing Committee to retake the course. Permission to retake the course will be granted on a space-available basis only. Even if successfully repeated, the C- remains on record as the first unsuccessful attempt referred to in this dismissal policy. There are no further allowances for repeating a NUR course, and any subsequent NUR coursework of C- or below will result in dismissal. However, if the student should achieve a C- or less in two MUR courses in a single semester, s/he will be dismissed from the College of Nursing.

The faculty reserves the right to require withdrawal from the college of a student who gives evidence academically and/or personally of inability to carry out professional responsibility in nursing. Students are limited to 18 credits per semester except by permission of the dean for special program adjustments or when participating in the Honors Program.

General expenses are approximately the same as for other University students. Special items include uniforms, nursing equipment, transportation, academic achievement testing, and lab fees for each clinical course. The use of an automobile or funds to meet public transportation costs is required for the clinical experiences. Students must maintain car insurance as required by state law.

The program is approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education. The graduate is eligible for examination for professional licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.).

Students will be required to have criminal background checks in accordance with the law and with clinical and agency requirements. Updated health requirements and CPR certification are mandated throughout the clinical courses. Students will not be allowed in clinical courses without the completion of these requirements.


Curriculum Requirements

Foundation Courses. The following are required before transfer from University College: CHM 103 (3), 124 (3); NUR 103 (3); PSY 113 (3); BIO 121 (4), 242 (3), 244 (1); MIC 201; one writing (Cw) course (3), URI 101 (1).

The following are prerequisites for some nursing courses, and therefore are recommended during the first three semesters: NFS 207 (3); MIC 201 (4); PSY 232 (3); SOC 100 (3); STA 220 (3) or PSY 300 (3).

An example of the curriculum plan follows. (Individual programs may vary.)

Freshman YearFirst semester: 14 credits

4 BIO 121 Human Anatomy

3 CHM 103 Introductory Chemistry Lecture

1 URI 101 Freshman Seminar

3 General Education requirement (Cw)

3 General Education course

Second semester: 16 credits

3 BIO 242 Human Physiology

1 BIO 244 Human Physiology Laboratory

3 CHM 124 Introduction to Organic Chemistry

3 NUR 103 Professional Practice in Health and Illness

3 General Education requirement (C)

3 General Education course

Summer Session

3 -6 General Education or free elective requirements (to reduce junior year requirements)

Sophomore YearFirst semester: 16 credits

4 MIC 201 Introductory Medical Microbiology

3 NFS 207 General Nutrition

3 NUR 203 Comprehensive Health Assessment

3 STA 220 Statistics in Modern Society (or PSY 300 Quantitative Methods in Psychology)

3 Free Elective

Second semester: 15 credits

3 NUR 213 Pathophysiology

3 NUR 233 Foundations of Nursing Practice with Older Adults

3 NUR 234 Practicum in Foundations of Nursing with Older Adults

3 NUR 253 Nursing Research

3 General Education course

Junior YearFirst semester: 15 credits

6 NUR 323 Medical-Surgical Nursing

3 NUR 324 Practicum in Medical-Surgical Nursing

3 BPS 333 Nursing Pharmacology

3 Free Elective

Second semester: 15 credits

3 NUR 333 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

3 NUR 334 Practicum in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

3 NUR 343 Nursing in Childbearing and

Reproductive Health

3 NUR 344 Practicum in Childbearing and Reproductive Health Nursing

3 General Education course

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

3 NUR 433 Nursing of Children

3 NUR 434 Practicum in Nursing of Children

3 NUR 443 Community Health Nursing

3 NUR 444 Practicum in Community Health Nursing

3 General Education course

Second semester: 15 credits

3 NUR 463 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing

3 NUR 464 Practicum in Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing

3 NUR 474 Leadership in Professional Nursing [capstone]6 General Education courses

6 General Education courses

Required Nursing Courses. The following 60 credits are required: NUR 103, 203, 213, 233, 234, 253, 323 (6 credits), 324, 333, 334, 343, 344, 433, 434, 443, 444, 463, 464, and 474. Students must achieve a C (73%) or better in each NUR course and maintain an overall GPA of 2.20 in order to progress in the NUR courses. Students who achieve a C- or below in any two NUR courses will be dismissed from the College of Nursing.

General Education Requirements and Electives. The general education requirements must be completed (six credits in each division and three in math) with the exception that one of the following divisions may be reduced by three credits: fine arts and literature (A), letters (L), or foreign language and culture (F).

Six credits of free electives are required. A total of 121 credits is required for graduation.

Minor in Thanatology. For information on this interdisciplinary minor dealing with loss, death, and grief, see “Interdisciplinary Minors.”

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