LPN Programs in North Carolina - NC
How to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in North Carolina
- You must be a high school graduate or earn your GED in order to apply to practical nursing training programs in North Carolina.
- Apply to a local school offering an LPN program.
- Apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nursing (PN), given by National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). You can apply online through the North Carolina Board of Nursing's website at www.ncbon.com/NCLEX. Pearson VUE, the testing service, will then send you an Authorization To Test (ATT) with information on how to schedule an examination appointment. You may choose any Pearson Professional Center located around the world to take your test. Locations in North Carolina are in Asheville, Charlotte, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. Test fee is $200. Test results will be mailed to you by Pearson VUE within 30 days from the time you take the test.
- You can apply online to the North Carolina Board of Nursing for your license to practice at the same time you apply for the certification test, through the following link: www.ncbon.com/NCLEX. The application will include getting your transcripts sent from your training school and verifying that you have applied to take the NCLEX-PN. You will need to print out the form once completed, attach a 2”x2” passport-sized photo of your head and shoulders, have the affidavit notarized, and mail it to the North Carolina Board of Nursing at: North Carolina Board of Nursing, PO Box 2506, Raleigh, NC 27602-2506. Once received, you will be sent a Criminal Background Check packet by mail that you must complete and return in the envelope provided with your payment of $38.
- When the Board has received your passing grade on the NCLEX-PN and all of the necessary documentation materials, it will issue your license to practice nursing.