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North Carolina RN Programs

Those who are interested in a career that offers a promising salary and a chance to give back should look into registered nursing. Being an RN can open the door to many exciting jobs in the medical field. There are many RN programs in North Carolina available to begin a nursing career path, so it is possible to find the right one that suits the needs of individuals balancing work, home life and other responsibilities.

The first step in choosing an RN program in North Carolina is to choose the type of degree preferred. In registered nursing, one can choose to get a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree. Either degree can lead to a promising career.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in North Carolina

The first prerequisite for becoming an RN in North Carolina is to have completed an approved nursing education program. One who has completed this component can become licensed either by examination or endorsement, depending on whether or not the individual has been licensed in another state or jurisdiction.

In order to apply for licensure by examination, one must register for the NCLEX licensing exam and obtain Authorization to Test (ATT). After registering, one must submit an application to the North Carolina Board of Nursing and pay the $75 fee. Those who graduated from out of state nursing programs must submit official transcripts. All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.

Becoming Licensed by Endorsement in North Carolina

North Carolina is a member of the Nurse Licensing Compact. This means that North Carolina accepts a multi-state license from another state. Individuals who reside in another compact state must become licensed in that state. Those who reside in a non-compact state or are moving from one compact state to North Carolina can apply for licensure by endorsement.

In order to apply for licensure by endorsement, an applicant must have completed a program that is approved by the original state or jurisdiction of licensure. He or she must have passed the NCLEX or SBTPE. In addition, the following conditions must be met:

  • Payment of $150 fee
  • Verification of Licensure
  • Criminal Background Check and LiveScan Application (for NC residents)
  • Self-certification of sufficient mental and physical health
  • Unencumbered license in any board
  • Current license (refresher course necessary for licenses lapsed 5+ years)
  • Written explanation and completed court conditions related to any convictions or registry findings

Applicants for licensure by endorsement may be offered a permit to practice for up to 6 months while awaiting background check results.

Renewing an RN License

RN licenses must be renewed every two years. In order to be eligible for renewal, an individual must fulfill the following requirements:

  • License expiration within 3 months
  • Applicant does not have licensure in another compact state claiming primary residence
  • Must fulfill continuing education requirements

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The Best RN Schools in North Carolina

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps North Carolina residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in "classroom" discussions and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.

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2478 nursing students recently graduated from North Carolina nursing schools.

North Carolina Board of Nursing
3724 National Drive, Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (919) 782-3211
Fax: (919) 781-9461

North Carolina Nurses Association

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Other Schools with RN Programs in North Carolina

Roanoke-Chowan Community College
109 Community College Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Stanly Community College
141 College Drive
Albemarle, NC 28001
Randolph Community College
629 Industrial Park Ave.
Asheboro, NC 27205
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
340 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
Gardner-Webb University
110 South Main Street
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
Brunswick Community College
50 College Road
Bolivia, NC 28422
University of North Carolina
250 E Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
1200 Blythe Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
Mercy School of Nursing
2001 Vail Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28207
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Sampson Community College
1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28329
Region A Nursing Consortium
185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
401 Medical Park Dr.
Concord, NC 28025
Western Carolina University
1 University Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Gaston College
201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC 28034
Surry Community College
630 South Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017
Bladen Community College
7418 NC Hwy 41W
Dublin, NC 28332
Duke University
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708
Durham Technical Community College
1637 Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703
North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
Watts School of Nursing
2828 Croasdaile Dr., Suite 200
Durham, NC 27705
College of the Albemarle
1208 North Road Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Fayetteville Technical Community College
2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Blue Ridge Community College
180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Wayne Community College
3000 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Alamance Community College
1247 Jimmie Kerr Rd.
Graham, NC
NC Agricultural & Technical State University
1601 E Market St.
Greensboro, NC 27411
University of North Carolina - Greensboro
1000 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412
East Carolina University
East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Pitt Community College
1986 Pitt Tech Road
Greenville, NC 28590
Richmond Community College
1042 West Hamlet Avenue
Hamlet, NC 28345
Vance - Granville Community College
200 Community College Road
Henderson, NC 27537
Catawba Valley Community College
2550 US Highway 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602
Lenoir Rhyne College
625 7th Avenue NE
Hickory, NC 28601
Caldwell Community College
2855 Hickory Boulevard
Hudson, NC 28638
Coastal Carolina Community College
444 Western Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28546
Guilford Technical Community College
601 High Point Road
Jamestown, NC 27282
James Sprunt Community College
133 James Sprunt Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349
Lenoir Community College
231 Hwy 58 South
Kinston, NC 28502
Davidson County Community College
20 East 1st Street
Lexington, NC 27292
Robeson Community College
5160 Fayetteville Rd.
Lumberton, NC 28360
South Piedmont Community College
4209 Old Charlotte Hwy
Monroe, NC 28110
Carteret Community College
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Ave.
Morganton, NC 28655
Craven Community College
800 College Court
New Bern, NC 28562
University of North Carolina - Pembroke
1 University Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
Newh Nursing Consortium
225 Tarboro Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27801
Piedmont Community College
1715 College Drive
Roxboro, NC 27573
Rowan - Cabarrus Community College
1333 Jake Alexander Blvd., South
Salisbury, NC 28146
Central Carolina Community College
1105 Kelly Dr.
Sanford, NC 27330
Johnston Community College
245 College Road
Smithfield, NC 27577
Foothills Nursing Consortium
286 ICC Loop Road
Spindale, NC 28160
Mayland Community College
200 Mayland Drive
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Mitchell Community College
500 West Broad Street
Statesville, NC 28677
Beaufort Community College
5337 Hwy 264 East
Washington, NC 27889
Rockingham Community College
PO Box 38
Wentworth, NC 27375
Southeastern Community College
4564 Chadbourn Hwy
Whiteville, NC 28472
Wilkes Community College
1328 S. Collegiate Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Cape Fear Community College
411 N Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Barton College
P.O. Box 5000
Wilson, NC 27893
Forsyth Technical Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston Salem, NC 27103
Winston - Salem State University
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston Salem, NC 27110

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