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Schools offering Nursing in Rhode Island

Rhode Island had the highest concentration of registered nurses in the country in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This might be partially because of the average age of Rhode Island's population, which was older than the national average, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau (which counted more than 1 million state residents in 2010). An older population usually indicates a greater need for health care, which in turn indicates a greater need for health care professionals.

The Ocean State takes up only about 1,045 square miles. If all states were this size, the country would have over 3,000 individual states, and memorizing state names would be a lost cause. Despite its size, there is no shortage of training programs in Rhode Island: Nursing schools online and campus-based programs offer plenty of options.

What to expect from campus-based and online nursing schools in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has an educated populace competing in the job market. Compared to the national average, more state residents held bachelor's degrees or higher, according to U.S. Census data for persons aged 25 or over in 2009.

On-campus schools like the University of Rhode Island or Rhode Island College offer nursing programs. Online nursing schools in Rhode Island can travel with learners wherever they have an Internet connection. Distance learning might require more self-motivation, but for people who cannot go to a traditional school because of other responsibilities, remote courses represent the opportunity to complete a degree. Hybrid programs combine the benefits of both types of classes.

Careers for graduates of Rhode Island nursing schools

The Rhode Island government lists these hospitals among the major employers in the state:

  • Kent County Medical Center
  • Landmark Medical Center
  • Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
  • The Miriam Hospital
  • Rhode Island Hospital

The BLS reports that RNs in the state earned an annual mean wage of $70,640 in 2010, while licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses had a yearly salary of $50,900; both figures were higher than the national mean salary for these professionals.

Nursing Schools in Rhode Island

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Rhode Island

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