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St. Joe's or CCRI


Specializes in CNA.

Hi Everyone, I am just curious as to your thoughts on this... I am currently taking a CNA class (doing very well), and start clinicals on monday, but i really want to go to nursing school to be a L&D nurse, I am not sure what path to take..... I have 3 young kids, and I am wondering if I should wait it out a while until they are all in school, or try to get into a nursing program now. I am not sure about the pre-reqs for ccri, and how the whole waiting list works...so i am not too sure where to apply, St. Joe's or CCRI, can someone please explain to me the pro's and con's of both programs,. :confused:.. ANy advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks alot:heartbeat

Well I am almost done with CCRI pre classes. I dont like how St. Joe is a diploma program and they don't offer college credit for most of their classes. CCRi is no longer has a waiting list, it is performance based, and they have evening and day class options. You can go on CCRI.edu and type nursing to find out the pre req info. I would recommned starting with Human Anatomy and General Psychology, and just go to school as a part time student.

nkara, CNA

Specializes in Med/Surg/Pedi/Tele. Has 2 years experience.

I'm taking pre-req's at CCRI and when I finish I'll probably apply to both nursing programs. My advice is take what ever pre-req's you can. In my case it will take me probably 3 years before I can even apply for the nursing program. I also work at a CNA full time nights so I'm just starting with the process.

Good luck with clinicals.... :)

hi vanessa9611,

welcome. i think after you decide which school you want to attend, despite having small children you should take some classes, even if its 1 at a time. by the time your done with your pre-req's then you can reevaluate your situation, (your children will be a little older). i hear st. joes has a wonderful program its very hands on. yes you graduate with a diploma, but it doesnt matter if you dont want an advance degree. it all depends on you. and there are some universities or colleges that accept diploma to get into there programs ( example northeastern university in mass)

http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/programs/bnursingprog.html and they offer bsn/ms in just 2 years full time. there are many others.

i am taking my pre-req's at ccri almost done, but may transfer to ric in the fall. ccri just again updated their requirements, i cannot open the file but the link is below:



"i wish to apply to the nursing program in the application periods that start february 2 and may 26. what criteria will be considered for potential admission to the program?

  • in addition to the admission requirements, applications will be considered through a competitive process and includes the following criteria:
    • exceptional (b or above) grades in biol 1010, biol 1020, and heal 1060
    • cumulative gpa (2.7 or better)
    • accuplacer reading score of 90 or above
    • teas test scores of 50th percentile or above "

i hope this helps. i myself have 2 small children. one is now in school and i am glad i started. good luck in your decision.


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cjcsoon2bnp, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

I am wondering why you don't list RIC or URI as potential options? I used to go to CCRI and as much as I liked it there was just too many issues to deal with at CCRI for me to put up with and I knew I wanted to have my BSN eventually anyway so I transferred to RIC and I don't regret it a bit. I used to think that I had to go to CCRI because I couldn't afford RIC but I found out that I got more financial aid at RIC then I ever got at CCRI and I pay less to go to RIC then I had to pay to go to CCRI! I'm not saying CCRI is bad because it certainly isn't but if your looking to eventually get your BSN you should just go for it (and take a look at RIC or URI) If your not looking to eventually get your BSN or move on from that then sure I would look at CCRI or St. Joe's both of which are good schools. Good luck and let me know if you need any help or have any questions (feel free to PM me.)

!Chris :specs:

Question regarding RIC. If you apply to RIC and your an RN with an associates, what classes do you take for BSN? Any clinicals, ATI tests..?


So no chemistry?? Just those classes stated on the link? If so, that's nice!! :D

cjcsoon2bnp, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

Yeah look at that advisement form because that is the list of requirements. I will say though that you should speak with a councilor because some of those requirements will be met by other courses you have taken at CCRI or where you got your associates degree. Its definitely something you should look into.

!Chris :specs:

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