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How to get licensed

If you have never been licensed, apply. Make sure that you have completed the requirements and submit all the necessary paperwork. more

If you are licensed in another state, and that state is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact, you already hold a multi-state license and can practice in Rhode Island. If it is not, you must apply for a Rhode Island license.

Continuing Education/Training

Nurses seeking to renew a nursing license must complete 10 continuing education hours during every two year licensing cycle, two of those hours must be about substance abuse.

Continuing education courses must be approved by the Rhode Island Board of Registration and Nursing Education. Approved training includes: courses approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or its local chapter, other recognized professional nursing organizations, any department or school of nursing approved by a board of nursing; or such other professional, labor organization, or accrediting agency approved by the Board. At renewal, nurses must sign a statement attesting to completion of the continuing education requirements.

A six-month extension for the continuing education requirement may be granted by the Board if the nurse has suffered a hardship. Documentation of course completions should be retained for four years.

National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Annual Pass Rates

The NCLEX is a national licensure examination that graduates take in order to become registered as a licensed practical nurse or a registered nurse. The NCLEX pass rate is the percentage of graduates who successfully passed the examination for the first time over the number of graduates who applied to take the examination. The Board of Nursing evaluates the nursing programs based on the annual pass rates of the nursing program. The data is collected from October 1 to September 30.

  2014-2015 2015-2016
Licensed Practical Nurse    
CCRI 93.75% 92.31%
Lincoln Technical Institute 95.56% 92.31%
Registered Nurse    
CCRI 85.93% 86.18%
New England Institute of Technology 77.08% 88.00%
Rhode Island College 95.20% 93.20%
Salve Regina 89.47% 85.07%
St. Joseph's School of Nursing 93.94% 96.30%
University of Rhode Island 81.10% 78.21%

Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education