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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

Description of the Major

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing at URI requires 121 credits for graduation. It is comprised of 60 credits in nursing courses, 19 credits in required non-nursing courses in the physical and social sciences, 36 general education credits, and 6 free elective credits. The courses must be completed in the appropriate sequence in order to graduate in four years.

Freshman year courses start the foundation of a solid theoretical basis in the natural and social sciences, and communications. The first nursing course, NUR 103: Professional Practice in Health and Illness, introduces students to basic concepts of professional helping, such as therapeutic communications, cultural influences on health and illness beliefs, and ethical behaviors in professional practice.

The curriculum shifts as the level of complexity progresses, and incorporates hands on practice in learning labs, and in multiple clinical practice settings. Sophomores focus on developing assessment skills, understanding pathophysiological alterations in health, and on the health care needs of older adults. They also begin to develop their interaction skills in communicating and teaching. Juniors study complex issues such as concepts of wellness, the experience of acute and chronic illness, and use basic nursing interventions to care for clients with multiple co-morbidities. During the senior year, students are introduced to the broader complexities of organizational and societal influences on health and nursing practice.

Review the information in the other curriculum tabs, on the left, to learn about degree requirements, course schedules, and the honors program. Refer to the URI Catalog as the official source for degree requirements.