Nursing Assistants

Nursing Assistants are trained to give personal care, related healthcare, and assistance based on thier level of preparation to individuals who are sick, disabled, dependent, or infirm. They can work in homes, or at residential healthcare facilities.

  • Nursing Assistants are licensed to work as nurse's aides, orderlies, or home health aides.
  • Medication Aides are nursing assistants with additional training and licensing in the administration of medications.

What you should do if you want

To be a Nursing Assistant

  • Get Training
    Nursing Assistant Training Programs teach you how to care for individuals. Contact training programs directly to find out how to enroll, when classes are offered, and how much classes cost.
  • Apply for a License
    Apply for a Nursing Assistant license through the Rhode Island Department of Health. When you complete your training program, the program coordinator/instructor will have you complete a license application and will submit the application to the Department of Health for you. When the Department of Health receives and processes your application for a license, you will be issued a temporary Nursing Assistant license.
  • Pass the Exams
    You must fill out an application for license to schedule your test. Training exams are offered at the Lincoln, Newport, and Warwick Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island. You have three chances to pass the written and skills exams. If you do not show up for the exam it will be counted as a failure unless you are excused prior to the exam. (Schedule Exam Application Practice Exam Manual)

To be a Medication Aide

  • Get licensed as Nursing Assistant
    You must be licensed as a Nursing Assistant to be licensed as a Medication Aide.
  • Get Training
    Take a Medication Aide Training Program to learn how to administer medications properly. Contact the training program directly to find out how to enroll, when classes are offered, and how much classes cost.
  • Apply for a license
    You need to get a separate Medication Aide license through the Rhode Island Department of Health.

To hire a Nursing Assistant or Medication Aide

  • Check on whether the individual has an active license and whether any disciplinary actions have been taken against him or her. (find by name)

To file a complaint against a Nursing Assistant or Medication Aide

  • If you believe that any licensed healthcare professional has acted unprofessionally, you may file a complaint online. (more)