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: 1/21/2015

North Carolina Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$22,860$41,570$59,290 >$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.

Learn about 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!

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.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in North Carolina

EducationMaster’s Degree or Higher from a Nurse Anesthetist Program Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
ExaminationCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Exam from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
Fees$25 Registration Fee, $725 Certification Examination Fee
Certification RequiredCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on the Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
RenewalEducational requirements include 850 hours of clinical practice, completion of 40 approved continuing education hours per renewal, and proof of recertification every two years as required through the NBCRNA. A fee of $400 per renewal period is required.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Application. Individuals Who Have Completed an Approved Nurse Anesthetist Educational Program, and Are Waiting for Confirmation of Certification as a CRNA from the NBCRNA May Become Temporarily Licensed as a Graduated Registered Nurse Anesthetist (GRNA).
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Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina

EducationNone; However, a Masters Degree in Nursing Is Required for Most Approved Certifications
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$25 Registration Fee, $100 Initial Approval Fee for Non-Volunteer Status, $25 Initial Approval Fee for Volunteer Status
Certification RequiredCertification from a Board-Approved National Certification Organization
RenewalEducational requirements include 640 hours of active practice, completion of approved continuing education hours per renewal, and maintenance of any national certifications as required per that organization’s certifying body. A fee of $50 if actively practicing or $10 for volunteer-status renewal per renewal period is required. To renew, the nurse practitioner must be able to show proof of the following:
  • An updated physician collaborative practice agreement;
  • Documentation of collaborative agreement meetings;
  • Proof of continuing education (CE) requirements, including 50 contact hours between each annual review, 20 hours of which must be granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education.

Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Application
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Registered Nurse (RN) in North Carolina

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
Fees$75 Application Fee; $200 Examination Fee
RenewalUpon license renewal or reinstatement, all R.N.’s and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) will be required to complete a self-assessment of practice, develop a learning plan, and complete one of the approved learning options during the preceding renewal cycle or prior to reinstatement of license. Licenses are not issued before continuing education requirements are met. Any nurse unable to demonstrate that he/she has met educational requirements will have their license placed on inactive status and will not be able to practice until compliance with the continuing education requirements and the license is returned to active status. Approved learning activity options, details about the North Carolina Nursing Continuing Competence Rule, explanatory materials, and an informational webcast are available through the North Carolina Board of Nursing web site.

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