Becoming an LPN in Rhode Island

Rhode Island strives to provide safe patient care by licensing health professionals who provide the best service, as well as educating the public and providing access to quality health care. To practice nursing in the state, an individual must either have a license from another state within the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), apply for endorsement by holding a license in a non-compact state, or must complete the required training and test to become licensed. By 2024, the state should see an increase in licensed practical nurse jobs—the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts as much as 7% per year for the state of Rhode Island.

  • LPN Programs in Rhode Island

    Community College of Rhode Island
    400 East Ave, Warwick, RI 02886
    (401) 825-1000 Visit Homepage
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    Lincoln Technical Institute
    622 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI 02865
    (401) 334-2430 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • Rhode Island LPN Licensing Requirements

    Rhode Island LPN's must be trained via an approved program found state-wide in community colleges, vocational schools, and private nursing schools. Once the program is complete, the graduate must take the NCLEX exam to apply for licensure. The applicant must also submit an application to the state, including:

    • Official transcripts from state-approved nursing program with graduation date and degree confirmation in a sealed envelope from the school.
    • Recent headshot (passport-style) photograph.
    • Criminal background check.
    • Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.

    Nursing Applications and Forms (

    Physical strength may be an additional requirement to obtain and LPN job in the state, considering that heavy lifting and moving both patients and equipment may be part of daily activities.

    LPNs for other Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - states aren’t required to hold additional licensure to practice within the state of Rhode Island. However, nurses from non-compact states are required to apply for a Rhode Island license by endorsement by and must provide:

    • Recent headshot (passport-style) photograph.
    • Official transcript from school of nursing.
    • Graduation from a nursing program.
    • Photo copy of active license from another state.
    • Criminal background check.

    Foreign applicants who have studied abroad and are comparably licensed in their country must also submit the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation of their official transcripts and completed a full course-by-course review.

    Rhode Island LPN licenses expire every 2 years.

    Additional RI Nursing Resources

    Rhode Island Board of Nursing

    Registration and Nursing Education
    105 Cannon Building
    Three Capitol Hill
    Providence, RI 02908
    Phone: (401) 222-5700
    Fax: (401) 222-3352

    1. Rhode Island Nurses Association (

  • LPN Salary: Rhode Island vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    In 2015, the median income for LPN's in the state of Rhode Island was $55,700; $12,500 more than the national median income of $43,200 for LPN's. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Rhode Island ( published by, state and national trends predict an 7% increase in LPN jobs in Rhode Island by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 40 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (

    Rhode Island Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information organized by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Rhode Island. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Providence, Warwick1,550$25.44$52,910