Jailene Vazquez '22

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Providence College produces skilled, empathetic, committed healers who will have a profound impact on patients and healthcare systems.

Our graduates stand out for their tangible training and critical thinking skills — derived from a well-rounded education rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic and Dominican values.

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Health Sciences

B.S. in Health Sciences (BSHS)

This new academic program will be available for first-year students in Fall 2023

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Health Policy and Management

B.S. in Health Policy and Management (HPM)

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B.S. in Nursing (BSN)

Pending approval by the R.I. Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education*

* PC is currently in the process of seeking approval from the State of Rhode Island for the B.S. in Nursing program. The college anticipates receiving this approval in the fall of 2022 with the first class of students enrolling in fall 2023 and classes beginning then.

Programs like nursing, which focus on the care of others, respect for the dignity of every person, and the importance of service to God and neighbor, flow naturally from and support the Catholic and Dominican mission of Providence College.

– College President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78, ’82G



The School of Nursing and Health Sciences is built on PC’s strong liberal arts heritage, which leverages excellence in the sciences and a distinctive core curriculum.

Faith and Reason

The integration of Catholic and Dominican teachings creates a distinctive, holistic, and human approach to educating future health care professionals.

Community and Diversity

Programs focus on the care of others. Access to quality healthcare is a growing challenge for PC’s neighbors throughout Rhode Island, New England, and beyond. A respect for the dignity of every person supports the College’s Catholic and Dominican mission.


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High Demand

Nursing shortages are projected extending to 2030 and beyond, requiring 200,000 new nurses to be hired each year.

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Regional Needs

Health science-related jobs requiring a B.S. or M.S. degree are growing at and above the average for New England plus New York and New Jersey.

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Shrinking Workforce

More than one-fifth of all nurses report that they plan to retire from nursing over the next five years.



The Nursing Program in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is being designed to meet the standards of the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education.

A nursing program cannot apply for accreditation until after it has graduated its first class of students. Providence College expects to apply for accreditation following the graduation of the class of 2027.

Contact Us

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Harkins Hall 328D
401.865.1032 | nursing-health-sci@providence.edu