How to Become a Nurse in Delaware

At nursing schools in Delaware, students can study to obtain a license as a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), or certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

In the year 2017, more than 11,600 individuals were employed as registered nurses in the state, and 650 were employed as nurse practitioners. RNs in Delaware make an annual mean wage of $73,180, which is higher than the national average.

How to Get Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification in Delaware

To become a CNA in Delaware, candidates must be certified and registered by the Delaware Division of Healthcare Quality. CNA hopefuls must complete a CNA training program that’s approved by the Division of Healthcare Quality and pass an exam in order to be certified. Those who pass the program and the Delaware Certified Nursing Assistant Competency Exam must then submit their applications along with a $30 fee.

In some situations, students may provide their applications to the representative present when they take their exam. They will need to provide at least one of the following documents:

  • A copy of their diploma or certificate
  • A letter from their school
  • A signature from their instructor
  • Verification of their past CNA training
  • A copy of the out-of-state records of their training (if applicable)

Delaware CNA registry requires renewal every 24 months. CNAs must also complete continuing education in order to continue practicing. Renewal for CNA registry is $25.

How to Get a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) License in Delaware

Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, are medical professionals who practice with the supervision of an RN or licensed physician. Delaware nursing licenses for LPNs are obtained after successful completion of a state-approved LPN training program and the NCLEX-PN.

Students must fill out the authorization form for the release of their information in order for a background check to be performed, and they must also choose an appropriate time to be fingerprinted. In addition, they must apply for licensure as an LPN by answering all the necessary questions on their application and by signing the application, which must be notarized. Aspiring LPNs must also pay a processing fee of $156, or $234 if their license is being reinstated. They must provide a copy of their driver’s license as well. If they are offered a job before they are able to take the NCLEX, arrangements can be made for a temporary permit.

Delaware LPN licenses expire every Feb. 28 on even-numbered years. To renew, individuals must prove that they have completed all necessary continuing education and that they have practiced their position for a minimum of 1,000 hours in the previous five years or 400 in two.

How to Get a Registered Nursing (RN) License in Delaware

Students can obtain a Delaware nursing license to become an RN in one of several ways. They can either take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and apply for a Delaware RN license by examination or gain their license by endorsement if they already hold a nursing license in another state and require a Delaware nursing license.

Aspiring RNs must complete the release of information form, submit their application for licensure and pay a non-refundable processing fee of $156. They must also submit a copy of their driver’s license. The candidate must register for the NCLEX before submitting their application and take the exam after their application is approved. To become an RN in Delaware, an applicant must have successfully completed an approved nursing program and must submit an official transcript that shows the degree earned. A candidate who finished nursing school more than one year before applying to take the NCLEX must apply for special approval to take the test more than one year after the end of the program.

Licenses expire on odd-numbered years on the last days of non-leap-year February, May, or September. Licenses can be renewed through proof of completing 1,000 hours of nursing in the past five years or 400 in the past two and through completing all continuing education requirements. Renewing RNs must also pay a renewal fee.

How to Get an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) License in Delaware

Nurses can also obtain a Delaware nursing license in advanced practice registered nursing, which requires students to have a master’s degree in their chosen nursing specialty or a certificate in clinical nursing from a post-basic program recognized by the Delaware board. The individual must also be applying for an RN or already hold one at the time of applying for an APRN.

To apply for an APRN, a candidate must have recently graduated from a program specializing in the role and population focus they are applying for, or the candidate must have completed 600 hours of practice in the specialty and population focus (in the previous two years) or 1,500 hours (in the previous five years). The APRN licensee must also be certified by the national certification board relevant to their APRN specialty.

To apply, candidates must submit an application for licensure pay a non-refundable fee of $156. The application requires that applicants answer all questions, sign the affidavit in front of a notary, arrange for a copy of the necessary transcripts to be sent along with their application,and ask for the National Practitioner Data Bank to perform a self-query report.

The APRN license expires the same day as the individual’s RN license in Delaware. In order to renew, the applicant must have proof of practice in their specialty (1,500 hours in five years or 600 in two), or the applicant must have graduated from the necessary specialty program in the past two years.