North Carolina Board of Nursing


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

All graduates must complete a member Board approved RN or LPN nursing education program. Upon completion of a nursing education program, in or out of the state candidates must complete the following items prior to obtaining an approval to test:

To be determined eligible to test for NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN, interested applicants must:

Provide proof of completion in one of the 3 methods listed below:

Graduates of North Carolina Programs – program directors submit verification electronically within 30 days of the program end date, no additional documents are required by the graduates.

Graduates of Out-Of-State Programs - are required to provide an official transcript, the transcript must include the following:

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

Transcripts must be delivered directly from the university or an approved transcript vendor. No other forms or documents are required from the school.

Graduates of international nursing education programs - must complete a Credentials Evaluation Service (CES Professional Report) or provide a CGFNS Certificate or VisaScreen. English proficiency testing is required for many internationally educated nurse applicants.

For additional details concerning the requirements of international graduates, please visit Internationally Educated Applicants.

Official Transcripts:

Transcripts are required for Out-of-State graduates ONLY and should be mailed directly from your educational institution.

Mailing address:

Exam Department
PO Box 2506
Raleigh, NC 27602-2506

No additional forms or materials are required or accepted from the school.

Testing Restrictions

North Carolina Board of Nursing does not restrict the number of times a candidate can test for NCLEX RN or PN. If you have completed a nursing program but have never been licensed, current laws and regulations grant you with the opportunity to become licensed upon successful completion of the NCLEX without restriction or mandatory refresher courses.

All applicants must complete a criminal background check prior to the issuance of a license. The criminal background check is required for licensure only, it does not affect an applicant's ability to test.

For additional detailed instructions, please visit New Graduate Resources.