Become a Registered Nurse in North Carolina - NC

How to Become an RN in North Carolina

  1. Plot your educational course to becoming a registered nurse through one of the North Carolina RN programs.  Complete a four year Bachelor of Science degree, a two to three year associate’s degree from a junior college or a community college, or a two to three year nursing diploma program often offered through hospitals. 

  1. Submit applications to state approved nursing programs upon completion of degree program.  If you are unsure if a school is state approved, contact the North Carolina Board of Nursing.  Clinical hands-on training will be part of your nursing education as well as classroom instruction. 
  1. Complete one of the North Carolina RN programs.  Your nursing education and experience will be the best preparation for your career as a registered nurse. 
  1. Take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) or the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE).  The NCLEX must be passed in order to be licensed as a registered nurse.  There is no limit to the number of times you can take the exam, however you will not be allowed to test any sooner than 45 days since your last test date. 
  1. Request an application for a North Carolina state nursing license from the North Carolina Board of Nursing and apply for a nursing license.  The status of your application can be checked online. 
  1. Determine a nursing specialization or continue your education to pursue an advanced nursing specialization.  Advanced nursing specializations will require a master’s degree.  The four advanced specializations for registered nurses are: clinical nursing specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurse practitioners. 

North Carolina Board of Nursing
The North Carolina Board of Nursing is committed to serving and protecting the public by holding state registered nurses to the highest standards in nursing care and nursing education.  The board also provides nurses with the most current educational, renewal and legal information in the state. 

North Carolina Board of Nursing
3724 National Drive
Glenwood Place Office Complex
Camden Building, Suite 201
Raleigh, North Carolina 27612
(919) 782-3211 – Phone
(919) 781-9461 - Fax

North Carolina Nurses Association
The North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) is the only professional organization in the state that represents all North Carolina registered nurses.  The association empowers nurses to become advocates of their patients and their profession through knowledge and education. 

North Carolina Nurses Association
103 Enterprise Street
PO Box 12025
Raleigh, NC 27605-2025
(800) 626 – 2153

North Carolina Association of Nursing Students
The North Carolina Association of Nursing Students (NCANS) strives to support nursing students in the state through additional educational opportunities and hospital networking.  They host an annual convention which provides an array of resources and opportunities for nursing students. 

North Carolina Association of Nursing Students

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