North Carolina Board of Nursing

Nursing Education

Programs Outside of North Carolina

Out-of-State Programs / Online Programs / Correspondence Courses

The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) approves and regulates nursing education programs in the State of NC. At this time, the Board does not approve/accredit nursing education programs which are outside of NC jurisdiction, including out-of-state online programs/correspondence courses.

The NCBON does recognize graduates from pre-licensure nursing education programs that are approved/accredited by other State Boards of Nursing as eligible to apply to take the NCLEX examination(s) and apply for licensure in NC.

For example, Excelsior College is one of these programs. Excelsior College is approved by the New York State Board of Nursing and graduates from that program may apply to take the NCLEX-RN Examination in NC and apply for licensure as a registered nurse in NC. The NCBON encourages you to deal directly with the college. 

Out-of-state nursing education programs can be contacted directly for information and specific questions about the program and the program's approval/accreditation status in their state. It is recommended that individuals research the approval/accreditation status and credibility of any nursing education program before enrolling in individual courses or the entire program of study.