NORTH CAROLINA NURSING LICENSE

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

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in North Carolina
Nursing Licenses in North Carolina Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Y
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Y
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) N
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N
Nurse Aide II N

North Carolina Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $22,860
Licensed Practice Nurse: $41,570
Registered Nurse: $59,290
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: >$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.

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!

Compact State Status

North Carolina is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in North Carolina

Nurse Practitioner Prescriptive Authority is included in application for the specialty for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician. Prescriptions must show the collaborating physician’s name, and limitations of refill authority apply.

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.

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Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in North Carolina

Education
Master’s Degree Related to Specialty

Examination
Varies for Different Certifications

Fees
Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience
None

Certification Required
Certified Nurse Midwife from American Midwifery Certification Board, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist from the National Board of Certification and Re-certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), Clinical nurse specialist by a national credentialing body approved by the Board, Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation (AANC), National Certification Corporation of the Obstetric Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC), Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)

Renewal
Educational 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 Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required for Application

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in North Carolina

Education
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-RN

Fees
$75 Application Fee, $38 Background Check $200 Examination Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Upon 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. $92 Fee

 

Licensed Practical Nurse in North Carolina

Education
Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-PN

Fees
$75 Application Fee, $38 Background Check $200 Examination Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
Upon 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. $92 Fee

 

Certified Nurse Aide II in North Carolina

Education
Completion of an Approved Nursing Assistant Program

Examination
Nurse Aide II Examination

Fees
$24 Application Fee

Experience
None

Renewal
$24 Fee

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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