North Carolina Nursing Guide - How to Become, Licensure, Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the North Carolina Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 3/17/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in North Carolina
Nursing Licenses in North Carolina Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) No
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No
Nurse Aide II No

North Carolina Nursing Salaries

North Carolina Nursing Salaries
NC Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia Annual Mean Wage Durham-Chapel Hill Annual Mean Wage Raleigh Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $44,610 $44,930 $47,540 $45,120
Registered Nurse $64,850 $64,170 $67,030 $64,860
Nurse Practitioner $104,100 $103,840 $102,930 $101,680
Nurse Anesthetist $178,250 $201,460 Not Available $162,030
Nurse Midwife $106,570 $122,400 Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates North Carolina in March 2020.

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 email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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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.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in North Carolina

APRNs are defined in North Carolina as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and clinical nurse specialists.

Education: Completed graduate-level education nursing program within an APRN role

Examination: Varies for different APRN careers and specialties.

Certification: Nationally recognized board certification within your APRN role.

Fees:

  • Nurse Practitioner: Registration - $25 and Initial Approval to Practice - $100 for Non-Volunteer Status or $20 for Volunteer Status
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist: Initial Recognition - $25
  • Certified Nurse Midwife: Registration and Initial Approval to Practice - $100
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: No Fees

Additional Information: An active registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: All APRNs in North Carolina must maintain their national certification as the renewal process is determined by the board of nursing. Nurse practitioners must also pay a $10-$50 fee depending on position status, Cenas have a renewal fee of $25 and CNMs pay a $50 renewal fee.

Learn more about advanced practice registered nursing.

Information for the above APRN careers in North Carolina was retrieved from the North Carolina Board of Nursing - APRN General Information as of March 2020.

Registered Nurse (RN) in North Carolina

Education: Completion of a board approved registered nurse education program.

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $75 Licensure by Examination, or
  • $150 Licensure by Endorsement
  • $200 Examination Free

Renewal: Upon license renewal or reinstatement, all RNs 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. There is a $100 renewal fee.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in North Carolina

Education: Completion of a board approved registered nurse education program.

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $75 Licensure by Examination, or
  • $150 Licensure by Endorsement
  • $200 Examination Free

Renewal: Upon license renewal or reinstatement, all 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. There is a $100 renewal fee.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for RN and LPN in North Carolina was retrieved from the North Carolina Board of Nursing Licensure Review for RN/LPN as of March 2020.

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