North Carolina Board of Nursing

Licensure/Listing

Licensure by Examination

Examination Requirements

The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) uses the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) prepared by National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to measure competence for entry-level practice for graduates of Board-approved nursing education programs. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has contracted with Pearson VUE to administer NCLEX®.

For more detailed information about the NCLEX, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Educational eligibility requirements for examination:

  1. Completion of a member Board approved RN or LPN nursing education program 
  2. Registration with Pearson Vue is required prior to the release of an Authorization to Test (ATT)


For NC graduates, the program directors will electronically verify completion.

For US graduates outside of NC, an official transcript with the following:

  • Legal Name (first & last)
  • Degree Awarded
  • Date of completion or conferral

Official transcripts should be mailed directly from your educational institution to:

NCBON
Exam Department
PO Box 2506
Raleigh, NC 27602-2506

Testing Restrictions

North Carolina Board of Nursing does not restrict the number of times a candidate can test for NCLEX RN or PN. 

All applicants must complete a criminal background check prior to the issuance of a license.