North Carolina Nursing License

North Carolina Nursing

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the North Carolina Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 9/6/2013

North Carolina Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$23,170$39,710$58,880 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in North Carolina can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about North Carolina nursing salary.

North Carolina Nursing Scholarships

Below, find opportunities for nursing scholarships in North Carolina. Click on the nursing scholarship’s name to learn more. For additional nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing Scholarships in North CarolinaScholarship Amount

Community Practitioner ProgramUp to $70,000
Must remain at the practice site for five years

Student Loan Program for Health, Science and MathematicsUp to $8,500/year
A loan for one academic year will be forgiven for one year of full-time employment

Learn about more financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Is North Carolina a Nursing Licensure Compact State?Yes

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in North Carolina. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in North Carolina, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of North Carolina nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in North Carolina, please let us know!


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North Carolina Nursing Licensure Renewal

License renewal is required through the North Carolina State Board of Nursing annually by the end of the nurse’s birth month. Registered nurse (R.N.) licenses must be renewed prior to the renewal of any advanced licenses. Notices for renewal are mailed 90 days prior to the address on file with the board. Advanced practice nurses must meet continuing education requirements of national certification organizations as well.