North Carolina Board of Nursing


Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition

All Clinical Nurse Specialists must be recognized by the North Carolina Board of Nursing in order to practice as a CNS in North Carolina.

No fee required

Notice: Please read all information before starting the application process. The link for the application is located at the bottom of this page.

You will need the following to apply:

  • An active permanent NC RN license or another compact state RN license (license # and expiration date)
  • Masters or higher degree in Nursing or a related Master's
  • Current National Certification as Clinical Nurse Specialist


Notice: Your Initial Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition will be granted for 3-27 months in order to sync with your Registered Nurse birth month renewal. Effective with Registered Nurse licenses expiring January 31, 2016 and thereafter, your Clinical Nurse Specialist renewal will appear as a tile on your Nurse Gateway profile.

Computer Requirements and Conditions:

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  • Have Javascript enabled 
  • Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher with compatibility mode activated
  • Application will time-out after 20 minutes of inactivity

WARNING: For security reasons, be sure to exit the application when you have completed and submitted your request. The NC Board of Nursing cannot be held responsible for unauthorized access to information you have entered in the browser if you do not exit this application.

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Review the Terms and Conditions listed above and click "I Agree" to continue your application process.

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