Nursing Assistant

How to get licensed

To be a Nursing Assistant

  • Get Training Nursing Assistant Training Programs teach you how to care for individuals. Contact training programs directly to find out how to enroll, when classes are offered, and how much classes cost.

    Note: Effective 01/01/2019, Nursing Assistants enrolled in a training program will be required to complete 120 hours of training in order to be licensed. In addition, ALL RI Nursing Assistant Training Programs must change their curriculum to the new 120 hour training requirement.

  • Apply for a License Apply for a Nursing Assistant license through the Rhode Island Department of Health. When you complete your training program, the program coordinator/instructor will have you complete a license application and will submit the application to the Department of Health for you. When the Department of Health receives and processes your application for a license, you will be issued a temporary Nursing Assistant license.
  • Pass the Exams
    You must fill out an application for license to schedule your test. Training exams are offered at the Lincoln, Newport, and Warwick Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island. You have three chances to pass the written and skills exams. If you do not show up for the exam it will be counted as a failure unless you are excused prior to the exam. Schedule Exam Application Practice Exam Manual

To be a Medication Aide

  • Get licensed as Nursing Assistant You must be licensed as a Nursing Assistant to be licensed as a Medication Aide.
  • Get Training Take a Medication Aide Training Program to learn how to administer medications properly. Contact the training program directly to find out how to enroll, when classes are offered, and how much classes cost.
  • Apply for a license You need to get a separate Medication Aide license through the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Nursing Assistant Advisory Board