Message from the Dean

Nursing office
Exciting times lie ahead as you embark on your nursing journey or advance your nursing career.
Justin DiLibero

Today, the demand for highly educated and skilled nurses is greater than ever. Our patients, communities, and healthcare systems rely on nurses who possess top-quality education and training, combining scientific knowledge with compassion and integrity.
At the Rhode Island College Zvart Onanian School of Nursing, teaching and learning are at the core of our mission. Our faculty consists of extraordinary professionals who excel in both nursing education and clinical practice. We provide a supportive environment where each student is set up for success. By partnering with major healthcare organizations in the state, we offer exceptional student experiences across various settings, ensuring a strong foundation for practice.
Our education model goes beyond memorization, focusing on fostering a deep understanding of underlying concepts and honing high-level skills in critical thinking and clinical judgment. Whether it's in the classroom, our state-of-the-art simulation center, or the practice setting, we enhance student learning through a competency-based approach and innovative teaching methods. That is why Rhode Island College Onanian School of Nursing graduates consistently excel and rise to the top.
Did you know:

  • We boast an outstanding simulation program and were among the first ten accredited simulation programs nationally.
  • We have maintained the top position in NCLEX pass rates for BSN programs across the state since before 2015.
  • What sets us apart is the level of connection and individual student support we provide.
  • Whether you are a new or returning student, pursuing a BSN, an advanced practice role at the MSN level, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, we are thrilled to welcome you to our Onanian School of Nursing community. As a nurse myself, I take immense pride in our exceptional community and the important work we do.

Congratulations on becoming a part of our community, and we look forward to supporting your growth and success!

Interim Dean, Onanian School of Nursing