Administrative Code / Rules
In accordance with Article 2A of the Administrative Procedures Act, the Board of Nursing has the authority to adopt, repeal or amend Administrative Code Rules which guide the work of the Board.
Proposed changes to Chapter 36 – Board of Nursing are reviewed and approved by the Rules Review Commission. The rule is first published in the NC Register. A public hearing is then held to receive written and oral comments on the proposed rule. Once comments are received and reviewed, the Board of Nursing may make revisions based on the feedback received. The rule is then submitted to the NC Rules Review Commission (RRC) for final approval. If approved by RRC, the rule takes effect on the listed effective date.
To view proposed adoptions, amendments or repeals, select Proposed Rule Amendments or Board Approved Rule Amendments.
Public Comment: “Public comment” is defined by G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5) as a written objection to all or part of a rule. Additionally, pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(2), in order for the Rules Review Commission to determine whether the public comment has merit, the public comment must address the specific substance of the rule and address any of the standards of Commission review, as set forth in G.S. 150B-21.9(a).
Persons may submit written comments to any of the rules by contacting:
Angela Ellis, APA Coordinator, NC Board of Nursing
PO Box 2129
Raleigh, NC 27602-2129
Public Hearing Location
Unless otherwise noted, all public hearings on related to proposed rules are held at the NC Board of Nursing office located at:
North Carolina Board of Nursing
4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
Procedure for Subjecting a Proposed Rule to Legislative Review
If an objection is not resolved prior to the adoption of the rule, a person may also submit written objections to the Rules Review Commission. If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.3(b2) from 10 or more persons clearly requesting review by the legislature and the Rules Review Commission approves the rule, the rule will become effective as provided in G.S. 150B-21.3(b1). The Commission will receive written objections until 5:00 p.m. on the day following the day the Commission approves the rule. The Commission will receive those objections by mail, delivery service, hand delivery, or facsimile transmission. If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Commission, please call a Commission staff attorney at 919-431-3000.
Rule Making Notification
In accordance with G.S. 150B-21.2(d), the Board maintains a listing of interested parties requesting notice of rule making. When the Board files a notice of text with the Office of Administrative Hearings, individuals on the listing receive notification regarding proposed new or amended rules.
Update! A public hearing was held on July 20, 2016. The comment period ended on August 30, 2016. On September 23, 2016, the Board approved proposed amendments to the Education Rules. Based on public comments, the Board further amended 21 NCAC 36 .0120; 21 NCAC 36 .0321; and, 21 NCAC 36 .0323
Click on the individual Rules below to view the proposed amendments or scroll down and select "BON Proposed Amendments to Education Rules" for the consolidated version:
- 21 NCAC 36 .0120 - Definitions
- 21 NCAC 36 .0302 - Establishment of Nursing Program - Initial Application
- 21 NCAC 36 .0303 - Existing Nursing Program
- 21 NCAC 36 .0309 - Process for Closure of a Program
- 21 NCAC 36 .0317 - Administration
- 21 NCAC 36 .0318 - Faculty
- 21 NCAC 36 .0320 - Students
- 21 NCAC 36 .0321 - Curriculum
- 21 NCAC 36 .0322 - Facilities
- 21 NCAC 36 .0323 - Records and Reports