What Are the Online Nursing Education Prerequisites in Rhode Island?

To become a nursing educator in Rhode Island, you need to have achieved three things. The first thing is a relevant nursing undergraduate degree (an ADN or BSN). This is a prerequisite to gaining your registered nursing license. You may practice nursing but to enter education you need a master's degree (MSN) or doctorate (PhD, DNP, EdD)with a focus on nursing education.

Online BSN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs

Rhode Island has just one MSN program in nursing education at the University of Rhode Island, however, it is only offered on campus. Admission requirements are as follows:

  • A regionally accredited BSN
  • Unencumbered in-date RN license
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • There may be specified courses required for entry with stipulated minimum grades
  • Non-native English speakers must submit relevant language proficiency test scores

Online Doctorate Nurse Educator Programs: DNP, Ph.D., or Ed.D.

There are three doctorate programs for nursing education–a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy (PhD), and a Doctor of Education (EdD).

The DNP is typically for those who want to become practicing doctors, while the PhD is typically for research. The EdD is for those students who want to go on to teach, but these degrees are less common.

A good example of an online DNP program is the one at the University of Rhode Island—they also have a fantastic nursing PhD program as well.

The admission requirements for entering a doctorate program in nursing education are similar to the requirements for other nursing education programs but you will be required to hold a higher degree (MSN).

Nurse Educator Licensing and Certification in Rhode Island

Nursing educators in Rhode Island are required to uphold all standards to remain eligible for the license.

Also, consider applying to become a CNE (Certified Nurse Educator). This optional step can aid your career in a competitive area. Consider the three types of CNE:

  • CNE is for those who work in academic work settings
  • CNEcl is for those who work in clinical work settings
  • CNEn is for novices of both types already listed

Like licensing, those with CNE certificates must maintain listed eligibility standards for continuing eligibility.

RN licensing in Rhode Island is $135 for the application and a further $200 for the examination. License by endorsement is available and costs $135. Renewal also costs $135 along with ten hours of continuing education. CNE certification costs the same regardless of which state you are in: $400 for NLN members and $500 for non-members.

Who Hires Nurse Educators in Rhode Island?

Areas that need nursing education are most commonly the following:

  • Academic teaching: In schools, colleges, and universities educating nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Professional teaching: Hospitals and other medical facilities require educators to provide ongoing training so medical professionals maintain their license
  • Private service trainer: You may teach professionals, but you could also be involved in training non-clinical support staff. Areas such as sales, administration, and logistics.
  • Non-profit: Charities employ medical professionals and support personnel who need some medical knowledge
  • Public health: Typically working in a front-facing role educating the public about their needs, and rights, or combatting misinformation about medical issues

List of Nurse Educator Degree Programs in Rhode Island

Ready to find an online or campus-based nurse educator degree program in Rhode Island? Explore our listings to find the perfect program that matches your academic goals and career aspirations.

Kingston, RI

MSN Programs
45 Upper College Rd
Kingston, RI 02881
(401) 874-1000

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