North Carolina Board of Nursing

Nursing Practice

Nurse Practitioner

General Information


Completion of Post-graduate certificate NP program, with Master’s degree in Nursing or related field with primary focus on nursing, or Postmaster’s NP program. As of January 1, 2005 all new NP graduates must have a Masters Degree. National certification required after January 1, 2000. Continuing education is mandatory for recertification and for continuing regulatory recognition to practice in North Carolina.

What they do

While historically the NP role began in rural primary care, NPs now practice in many settings such as specialty practices, hospitals, managed care, long-term care, and public health. NPs manage a broad range of health issues, emphasizing primary care and health promotion. NPs provide preventive services, counsel individuals and families, conduct physical examinations and diagnostic evaluation of illness and injury, prescribe therapeutics including medications, and monitor health status over time.

Employment options

Salaried or self-employed. NP services are reimbursable by insurance.

Who regulates

NPs are regulated by the Joint Subcommittee of the Medical Board and Board of Nursing.