Last Reviewed: January 8th, 2023
Certified nurse practitioners (CNPs) in Rhode Island are tasked with evaluating, diagnosing, and managing treatment plans for patients. Due to the serious nature of nurse practitioners’ job duties, additional licensing is required to move from registered nurse (RN) to CNP.
The Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education has various requirements in place for CNP candidates. First, you must obtain a license to work as a registered nurse (RN). You can do this after completing a degree in nursing, passing the exam, and submitting your application for licensure.
Once you have your RN license, you’ll be free to pursue a masters’ degree to become a CNP. First, though, you’ll need to choose your desired program based on your focus area. For instance, you can become a family nurse practitioner or focus on mental health. Then, you’ll receive the necessary training for the population you choose.
It’s important to note that Rhode Island is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). This means your license will only be valid in Rhode Island, and you’ll have to reapply if relocating to another state. The state does have pending legislation, though. If the legislation passes, you’ll have the ability to practice in other states as well as long as they are part of the NLC. Many surrounding states have already joined, so you’ll have the freedom to move around if Rhode Island’s legislation passes. Additionally, states throughout the North, South, and Midwest are part of the NLC, so your license might soon open doors around the country.
If you have questions regarding obtaining a license in Rhode Island, you can reach out to the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education by calling (401) 222-5700. The board handles all licensing matters and can assist you through the process.
Additionally, you can use this guide to find out more about obtaining your license. Let’s take a closer look at how to become a CNP in Rhode Island, starting with obtaining your RN license.