Associate Degree Nurse Program Overview
The Community College of Rhode Island is the state's only public associate degree registered nursing program with seamless options to become a certified nursing assistant and licensed practical nurse. We provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for developing effective communication, critical thinking, clinical reasoning and teamwork/collaboration skills. Building upon a rich tradition of teaching excellence and high academic and collegial standards, our faculty and staff are committed to developing a strong, responsive, and diverse nursing workforce aimed at advancing the health of our communities, state, and nation.
Core Organizing Concepts
- Patient-centered Care
- Nursing Judgment (Evidence-based Practice)
- Safety & Quality Improvement
- Professional Identity
- Teamwork and Collaboration
- Informatics and Technology
Nursing is an art and science reflective of and responsive to an ever-changing healthcare environment. Nursing professionals utilize clinical judgment, quality improvement, informatics, teamwork and collaboration to provide safe, culturally-competent, patient-centered care. The goal of the professional nurse is to protect, promote, and restore comfort and health throughout the lifespan.
Education as a life-long, interactive process provides the opportunity for the adult learner to develop personally, socially, and intellectually. The adult learner’s previous life experiences and knowledge provide a foundation for acquiring new knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) prepares the graduate for entry into professional nursing practice. As a registered nurse generalist the ADN graduate leads, manages, and provides direct care to individuals, families, and groups across various healthcare environments.
End of Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, the graduate will:
- Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patients across the lifespan. (safety and patient-centered care)
- Apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make evidence-based decisions. (nursing judgment)
- Implement established quality measures to improve patient care. (quality improvement and safety)
- Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the interprofessional team, the patient, family and/or designee to achieve quality patient-centered care. (teamwork and collaboration)
- Utilize information systems and patient care technology to communicate, implement best nursing practices, minimize risk, and support clinical decision making. (informatics)
- Demonstrate leadership skills in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patients. (professional identity)
- Exhibit professional behaviors within legal and ethical practice frameworks. (professional
The Community College of Rhode Island's practical nurse program and associate degree program in Nursing program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN),3343 Peachtree Road NE,Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326.TEL: 404-975-5000 Fax: 404-975-5020
Continuing Accreditation for Associate Degree in Nursing:
Last evaluation visit: October 22-24, 2019; Next evaluation visit: Fall 2027.
|Rates||Associates Degree in Nursing|
|Graduation Rates as of 12/31/16||91%|
|NCLEX Pass Rate||87.4%||82.3%||89.2%|
|Job Placement Rates||80.0%||91.0%||97.5%*|
*(01/01/18 - 05/31/18)
The Community College of Rhode Island is the state's only practical nursing program and associate degree nursing program. We provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth within the nursing program. Building upon a rich tradition of teaching excellence and high academic and collegial standards, our diverse faculty and staff are devoted to fostering creativity, critical thinking skills and competencies in nursing practice. Our high academic standards, while necessary for career success, are responsive to needs of the community, the state of Rhode Island, and the profession of Nursing.
* Information presented above reflects the program overview for students starting the program in Fall 2016. Students in the program prior to Fall 2016 can look to their Student Policy Manual for program overview.