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Rhode Island Nurse Practitioner Certification

Nurse practitioners in Rhode Island are called CRNPs and are regulated by the Rhode Island Board of Nursing. Rhode Island NPs are RNs who have completed additional schooling and earned certification.

Nurse practitioners in Rhode Island can work in a variety of venues, including rural health clinics, collaborative clinics, migrant clinics, nurse-managed clinics, parish clinics, specialty practices, HMOs, hospitals, doctor’s offices, hospices, and research facilities. The NP may have many duties, including assessing and diagnosing patients; providing care for acute and chronic health issues; managing prenatal care at the time of delivery; offering advice and help for disease prevention and health promotion; and engaging in clinical research.

In order to become a nurse practitioner in Rhode Island, you must hold an active license as a RN in Rhode Island and be "of good moral character." You must also graduate from an accredited master’s-level nursing program and/or an approved NP course of study with a specialty, such as pediatric care, acute care, adult care, or geriatric care.

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Some of the schools in Rhode Island that offer programs for NPs include: University of Rhode Island School of Nursing and School of Nursing at Rhode Island College. Many students elect to earn their degrees online because of the flexibility online programs offer in regard to scheduling and location. Some of the accredited online programs are offered by: Saint Xavier University School of Nursing, Graceland University, Liberty University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, and South University. Online NP programs deliver curriculum that is equivalent to campus-based teaching, and since clinic hours are required, clinical sites are arranged at locations that are convenient to students. Before enrolling in an online school, check with the Rhode Island Board of Nursing to be certain that the program is approved by the state.

In order to earn the right to prescribe medication, you must have completed at least 30 hours of advanced pharmacology courses within the 3 years prior to submitting your application to become a CRNP. To maintain privileges, an additional 30 hours of course work every 6 years must be completed throughout your career.

Once you have earned your master’s degree, you must then successfully take an exam offered by a national certifying body recognized by the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education. A license to practice as a CRNP may be issued to an applicant who is licensed by examination or endorsement as a CRNP under the laws of another state or territory. However, the Board must be of the opinion that the applicant meets the qualifications required of CRNPs in Rhode Island.

The average salary for a Rhode Island NP is $86,000 per year. Nurse practitioner salaries can vary widely based on facility, experience, location, specialty, and other factors.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014