Renewal notices are sent out 60 days before your expiration date. Renew Online
Nurses seeking to renew a nursing license must complete 10 continuing education hours during every two year licensing cycle, two of those hours must be about substance abuse.
Continuing education courses must be approved by the Rhode Island Board of Registration and Nursing Education. Approved training includes: courses approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or its local chapter, other recognized professional nursing organizations, any department or school of nursing approved by a board of nursing; or such other professional, labor organization, or accrediting agency approved by the Board. At renewal, nurses must sign a statement attesting to completion of the continuing education requirements.
A six-month extension for the continuing education requirement may be granted by the Board if the nurse has suffered a hardship. Documentation of course completions should be retained for four years.
Required Alzheimer's Disease Training
Effective August 1, 2019, every nurse has to complete one hour (per career) of CEU training regarding Alzheimer’s disease. RI Law
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) reminds Rhode Island prescribers of the US Congress’ new one-time requirement that went into effect on June 27, 2023, requiring any new or renewing Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioners, with the exception of veterinarians, to complete at least eight hours of education on the treatment or management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorder. Any new or renewing DEA registrants, upon submission of their application, are required to fulfill at least one of the following:
Prescribers can fulfill the requirement with the completion of a single, eight-hour course or multiple courses or activities totaling eight hours.
DEA-registered and new medical practitioners must fulfill this new training requirement before starting the process of renewing or completing an initial DEA registration.
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The NCLEX is a national licensure examination that graduates take in order to become registered as a licensed practical nurse or a registered nurse. The NCLEX pass rate is the percentage of graduates who successfully passed the examination for the first time over the number of graduates who applied to take the examination. The Board of Nursing evaluates the nursing programs based on the annual pass rates of the nursing program. The data is collected from January 1 to December 31.
|Licensed Practical Nurse|
|Lincoln Technical Institute||81.51%||84.09%||86.36%||81.66%||71.92%||77.43%|
|New England Institute of Technology||100.00%||94.87%||93.02%||83.19%||80.18%||75.21%|
|Rhode Island College||96.27%||97.69%||98.39%||96.15%||90.41%||82.31%|
|St. Joseph's School of Nursing||94.94%||75.29%||closed 7/2019|
|University of Rhode Island||90.78%||89.31%||91.48%||90.29%||85.89%||81.41%|
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