North Carolina Board of Nursing

Licensure/Listing

Renewal/Reinstatement

Continuing Competence Requirements

ALL Continuing Competence requirements must be met before renewal or reinstatement licenses will be issued. NO grace periods and NO exceptions will be granted.

Requirements: (One of the following will be required)

  • 15 contact hours of continued education and 640 hours of active practice within previous 2 years
  • National certification or re-certification by a national credentialing body recognized by the Board
  • 30 contact hours of continued education
  • Completion of a Board approved refresher course
  • Completion of a minimum of two semester hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice
  • 15 contact hours of continued education and completion of a nursing project as principal investigator or co-investigator to include statement of problem, project objectives, methods, date of completion and summary of findings
  • 15 contact hours of continued education and authoring or co-authoring a nursing-related article, paper, book or book chapter
  • 15 contact hours of continued education and developing and conducting a nursing continuing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours, including program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, date and location of presentation, and approximate number of attendees

Renewal – If a nurse cannot demonstrate that he/she met the requirements, his/her license will be placed on INACTIVE STATUS starting at 12:01 a.m. on the first day after a nurse’s renewal date until compliance with the Continuing Competence requirement is met.

Reinstatement – License will not be issued until all Continuing Competence requirements have been met.

Audits:

The Board sends out random audit notifications by USPS when renewal notifications are mailed. It is each licensee’s responsibility to make sure his/her correct address is on file with the Board. Notice of random audit will also be provided at the time the online renewal application is accessed.

Note: Licensees are only to submit evidence of continuing competence if specifically notified of audit by the Board.

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