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Nursing Associate Degree Program

Program Overview

The associate program in Nursing prepares you to provide care for diverse populations through the acquisition of knowledge, clinical skills, and highly developed judgment skills. Clinical and laboratory experiences complement classroom learning and graduates are ready to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, healthcare clinics, and outpatient facilities.

Career Possibilities

  • Registered Nurse

Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to begin a rewarding career as a Registered Nurse as well a strong foundation for baccalaureate education and lifelong learning.  Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Registered Nurses (RNs) provide for the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of their patients.  RNs are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. 

The nursing profession is ultimately about caring for people. Today’s nurse must also possess high-tech and decision-making skills required to provide high quality, safe patient care.  At New England Tech, students get hands-on experience in a variety of healthcare settings.  In addition, students are prepared for real-world practice in our new, fully equipped labs with the latest nursing simulation technologies, where they develop confidence with clinical decision-making, communication, teamwork, and leadership.

This six-term program may be completed in as little as 18 months. Graduates of the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.  Graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, home health, long-term care, healthcare clinics, and outpatient care.  Graduates are prepared and encouraged to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (RN-BSN) at NEIT while working as a Registered Nurse.

Click here for a listing of Nursing Faculty and Staff.

Click here for Admission Requirements to Nursing Program.

Accreditation Status

The associate nursing program at New England Institute of Technology at the East Greenwich campus located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Student Achievement Outcome Data*

1. ELA 6.2 The program’s most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test takers during the same 12-month period.

01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020 = 83%    ELA Met
01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 = 93%   ELA Met
01/01/2018 – 12/31/2018 = 95%   ELA Met

2. ELA 6.3 At least 60% of students admitted to the AS program will successfully complete the program in 10 terms -- this data does not include graduate completion after 9 to 10-terms .

Aggregated by Starting Cohorts

01/2018 to 12/2018 = 66% ELA Met
01/2017 to 12/2017 = 74% ELA Met
01/2016 to 12/2016 = 62% ELA Met

3. ELA 6.4 At least 70% of graduates available for employment will have secured employment in nursing within 1-year post graduation -- this data does not include students furthering their nursing education.

06/2018 – 06/2019 =  92% ELA met
06/2017 – 06/2018 =  98% ELA met
06/2016 – 06/2017 = 100% ELA met

*Updated 02/12/2021


Statement Regarding Licensure

In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, New England Institute of Technology hereby discloses only that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as RNs and APRNs in the State of Rhode Island. The applicable licensing board in Rhode Island may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license, we encourage you to investigate those requirements. NEIT has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in any other states or territories and we encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory prior to accepting an offer of admission at NEIT.

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Mission Statement

The New England Institute of Technology Nursing Department seeks to prepare nurses at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels to practice holistically in today’s complex and highly technological health care system. The mission of the program is to prepare individuals as professionals whose care reflects altruistic, evidence-based, and ethical practice in the nursing profession.

Nursing Program Philosophy

This philosophy, the foundation of our curriculum, represents the faculty’s core beliefs regarding human beings, environment, health, nursing, higher education, teaching, and learning.

We believe that every person is a unique being worthy of respect and dignity.  In our nursing framework, biological, and social components integrate seamlessly in individuals who use self-care to maintain their health status.  We view the environment as the totality of the patient’s experience that includes the family, cultural context, society, and the global community.  We recognize that the patient’s environment is a major influence on the patient’s health status.

Health is an individual experience characterized by wholeness where physical, psychological, interpersonal, spiritual, cultural, and social aspects are inseparable in the person.  An individual’s response to stressors may change the ability of the patient to engage in self-care, resulting in deficits in meeting basic needs and requiring the need for nursing care.  Individuals are moving toward maturation and actualization of their full potential.  Humans have universal self-care requisites, and nurses need to be tireless advocates for the patients’ pursuit of these universal needs within a caring and nonjudgmental environment.

Nursing is a scientific discipline with a distinct body of knowledge.  Nursing practice is grounded in nursing science, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and humanities.  Nurses engage with clients in an active partnership and seek to understand the client’s lived experience of illness.  Within this context, nurses provide holistic, evidence-based nursing care that respects and supports individual definitions of health.  Nurses focus on quality healthcare and advocate for diverse individuals, families, communities, and systems.  Nursing practice is grounded in these paradigmatic beliefs which provide the foundation for critical inquiry and knowledge development in nursing.

Every person who wishes to pursue a career in nursing should have the opportunity to do so.  By advancing educational access for a diverse population of students, associate degree nursing education has contributed to a diverse nursing workforce to meet the health care needs of culturally and ethnically diverse populations.   Likewise, every nurse should be encouraged to pursue, and have access to, seamless academic progression beyond the associate degree into baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs.  The Department of Nursing at New England Tech joins with other nursing organizations in Rhode Island and throughout the nation, to advance opportunities for academic progression within nursing.  We stand ready to work together to ensure that nurses have the support they need to further their education.

Higher education for nursing practice is grounded in a sound theoretical and empirical knowledge base.  The educational program intends to address the needs of diverse learners by encouraging active participation in the learning process.  Nursing education seeks to empower students as future nurses while instilling an enthusiasm for lifelong critical inquiry, learning, and professional growth.

The faculty is committed to creating supportive environments that foster adult learning.  Students have multiple opportunities to develop the core competencies that characterize a well-educated nurse.  Students work closely with professors who care about them and provide opportunities for student learning and development as confident lifelong learners.  The faculty uses a variety of evidence-based teaching methods that address adult students’ learning needs.  Learners assume responsibility for their learning and are active participants in the learning process. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Use the nursing process to provide safe, culturally competent, and patient-centered care across the lifespan.
  2. Communicate effectively with diverse patients, families, support systems, and the interprofessional team to achieve optimal patient outcomes.
  3. Apply evidence-based, clinical judgments to deliver safe, quality nursing care.
  4. Demonstrate caring, ethical, and holistic interventions that incorporate patient and family advocacy.
  5. Collaborate with members of the interprofessional team to optimize patient outcomes.
  6. Utilize patient care technologies and information management systems to support safe processes of care across the healthcare continuum.
  7. Demonstrate professional accountability and commitment to standards of professional practice within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.
  8. Integrate leadership principles to advocate for safe, quality outcomes of patient care across the healthcare continuum.

Associate in Science Degree

  • NUR 112 Foundations of Nursing Practice
  • NUR 113 Foundations of Nursing Practice Clinical
  • NUR 124 Fundamentals of Medical/Surgical Nursing 
  • NUR 125 Fundamentals of Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical
  • NUR 133 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • NUR 134 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Clinical
  • NUR 240 Medical Surgical Nursing
  • NUR 241 Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical
  • NUR 258 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing
  • NUR 259 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical
  • NUR 282 Nursing Care of the Child and Family
  • NUR 283 Nursing Care of the Child and Family Clinical
  • NUR 284 Nursing Care of the Woman and Newborn
  • NUR 285 Nursing Care of the Woman and Newborn Clinical
  • MA 109 Math for Life Science
  • BIO 107 Comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
  • BIO 122 Microbiology
  • BIO 127 Comprehensive Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab
  • EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
  • EN 110 Healthcare Communications
  • PS 140 Life-Span Development
  • SS 203 Social Problems

Greetings from the Director of Nursing, Robert Desrosiers, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Welcome to New England Institute of Technology's Nursing Program.

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) offers three programs in Nursing: an associate degree in Nursing program,which is a six-term program that may be completed in as little as 18 months. Courses are 10 weeks long in each of 4 terms per year. A bachelor's degree in Nursing - RN to BSN (Rhode Island's first fully online Bachelor's in Nursing program) that can be completed in as little as an additional 18-21 months.Both programs are the newest Nursing programs offered in Rhode Island, and are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). We are also proud to offer a master of science in nursing degree with a family nurse practitioner program concentration. This program is hybrid with most courses delivered 100% online. This program can be completed in as little as 8 terms over approximately 24 months. The MSN program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The Mission of NEIT is to provide specialized degree programs which prepare students for careers in the health care, technical and professional fields. All of our Nursing faculty have had years of practical experience in the Nursing field, and bring that experience into the classroom and the laboratories for the benefit of our students. Our Simulation(Sim) Labs feature manikins that are programmed to act like real patients. Based on their experiences in the Sim Labs, students enter the clinical field work sites feeling comfortable that they understand the skill sets needed to take care of their patients. Associate degree graduates are prepared to sit for the national licensing examination (NCLEX), and are prepared for employment as entry level nurses in the general health care communities.

Today's health care environment requires nurses with baccalaureate degrees. NEIT offers the first fully online RN to BSN program in Rhode Island which you can enter seamlessly after you complete the associate degree in Nursing. The RN to BSN program was flexibly designed to address the needs of the working nurse, and can be completed in as little as 18 months. Click here to learn more about NEIT's RN to BSN Online Program.

Embarking on a nursing career is exciting and challenging. At NEIT, we will provide you the opportunity to accomplish this challenge.

To request more information about the Nursing programs, click here, or call the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744.


Robert Desrosiers, DNP, APRN, FNP-C