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.

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.

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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 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.

Learn more about Rhode Island LVN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Rhode Island 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

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

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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