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 (

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Rhode Island LPN to RN programs page.