Rhode Island Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2023
AKA: NP License in RI, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Rhode Island.
Already have your RN License? Skip to the next section
You must obtain an RN license before becoming a CNP in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education provides licenses through examination or endorsement.
In each instance, you will need to:
You can mail documents to the Department of Health at:Rhode Island Department of Health
If you wish to email documents, send them to Michele.firstname.lastname@example.org.
You also must submit a $135 fee when applying for a license.
Then you will take the additional steps to receive your license by examination or endorsement.
If you are currently a Rhode Island resident and aren’t licensed in another state, you will apply for an RN license by examination. You must provide:
Then, you can submit an application to take the NCLEX examination through the NCSBN. After passing the exam, you can obtain your license.
If you are a licensed RN in another state, you can apply for a Rhode Island license by endorsement. This requires:
You will need to complete a master’s degree program in nursing to meet the state’s education requirements.
You will also need to choose a population focus area before entering a degree program. You can become a CNP that focuses on:
Go to the Rhode Island Nurse Practitioner/Nursing Degree Programs page. Then, choose the degree level and your population focus before conducting a search.
The search results will bring back accredited programs, and you’ll see information about distance learning. Thus, if you need to balance obtaining your master’s degree while working as an RN, you can find an online program to accommodate your needs.
After completing your education requirements, you’ll be ready to obtain national certification. You’ll choose a certification board based on your focus population. For instance, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board certifies:
However, you’ll need to use the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board if you want to become primary care certified pediatric nurse practitioner or an acute care certified nurse practitioner.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners can help you find an NP certification board during this step. Then, you can go through the process to get certified so the organization can submit a letter to the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education.
If you meet the requirements, you’ll be ready to go through the application process. First, you must take steps to gain authority to dispense prescriptions. The state of Rhode Island requires a:
Start by filling out and submitting your application for the Rhode Island Controlled Substance Registration. Be sure to include the $200 application fee.
Then, you must apply for a DEA number. New applicants can apply with the DEA online.
After registering to dispense controlled substances, you’ll be ready to apply for your license. You can submit your license application to the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education. The license fee is $145 and must be included with your application.
You’ll also need to provide: