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RN Programs in North Carolina

North Carolina RN Programs

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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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On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in North Carolina

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, NurseGroups.com 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 discussion forums 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.

North Carolina RN Resources on NurseGroups.com

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Stanly Community College

Randolph Community College

Gardner-Webb University

Brunswick Community College

Central Piedmont Community College

Mercy School of Nursing

  • 2001 Vail Ave.
    Charlotte, NC 28207
    Programs: RN

Presbyterian Healthcare System

University of North Carolina

Sampson Community College

Region A Nursing Consortium

  • 185 Freedlander Dr.
    Clyde, NC 28721
    Programs: ADN, RN

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Gaston College

Surry Community College

Bladen Community College

Durham Technical Community College

North Carolina Central University

Watts School of Nursing

  • 2828 Croasdaile Dr., Suite 200
    Durham, NC 27705
    Programs: RN

College of the Albemarle

Fayetteville State University

Blue Ridge Community College

Wayne Community College

Alamance Community College

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Richmond Community College

Vance-Granville Community College

Catawba Valley Community College

Lenoir Rhyne College

  • 625 7th Avenue NE
    Hickory, NC 28601
    Programs: BSN, RN

Coastal Carolina Community College

Guilford Technical Community College

James Sprunt Community College

Lenoir Community College

Davidson County Community College

Robeson Community College

Western Piedmont Community College

Craven Community College

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Sandhills Community College

Wake Technical Community College

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