Internationally Educated Applicants
Non-negotiable requirements for licensure by examination for applicants who were educated outside of the United States and other member board jurisdictions include:
- Documentation of Education
- English Proficiency Examination
- *Valid Social Security Number
- *Satisfactory Criminal Background Check
*required prior to license being issued - NCLEX may be taken prior to completion of these requirements
Access the instructional guide for a topic of interest by selecting one of the following. Detailed information will be given about each application process.
Do not send transcripts to the North Carolina Board of Nursing. All official transcripts must be sent to the Education Evaluation Agency.
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
3600 Market St., Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
Phone: (215) 222-8454
- Credentials Evaluation Service (CES Professional Report), or
- CGFNS Certificate or VisaScreen is accepted
International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
6133 Bristol Parkway, Suite 300
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: (310) 258-9451
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
Passing score: TOEFL- written overall score of 560, CBT overall score of 220, iBT overall score of 83. NCBON code: 3236
IELTS (Academic) - International English Language Testing Service
Passing score: IELTS-overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 on all modules.
The English Proficiency examination expires two (2) years after the date the examination was taken. A CGFNS certificate or VisaScreen is also accepted to meet the English proficiency examination.
For applicants to be EXEMPT from the English Proficiency requirement, the applicant must have completed their entry-level professional nursing education program in the United States, Canada (except Quebec), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or the U.S. Territories of Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is not eligible for exemption.
Copies of the education evaluation and/or English Proficiency examination will not be accepted from the applicant, but only from the official agencies.Even if your nursing courses were taught in English and/or English textbooks, the applicant will still need an English proficiency examination.There are no exceptions for this requirement.
Once the education evaluation has been completed and a passing score received on the English Proficiency examination, then the applicant becomes eligible for licensure by examination.
Fees submitted to the North Carolina Board of Nursing are non-refundable, so assure eligibility requirements have been met, or all fees will be forfeited.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has contracted with Pearson Vue to give the NCLEX. Candidates must register to take the NCLEX with Pearson Vue.
Pearson Vue will send an AUTHORIZATION TO TEST (ATT), by email if you have provided an email address on your registration, otherwise, it will be sent by mail. Your Authorization to Test will provide instructions on scheduling your examination. You must have your Authorization to Test prior to scheduling an appointment to take NCLEX examination.
A Social Security Number is Required
Individuals or foreign graduates, who are seeking Licensure by Examination, must have a valid Social Security number to be issued a license to practice nursing. While submitting an application for a Social Security number, you may take the NCLEX. No license will be issued until proof of the Social Security number is submitted to North Carolina Board of Nursing.
North Carolina Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2506
Raleigh, NC 27602
A Criminal Background Check is required
All applicants must provide their fingerprints and the appropriate forms and fee to facilitate a Criminal Background Check prior to the issuance of a license.
North Carolina Residents Only:
If you reside in North Carolina, complete the Live Scan application and follow instructions to have your digital fingerprints electronically transmitted to the SBI/FBI. Most North Carolina Sheriff office's will provide this service. Live Scan is only available to applicants living in North Carolina.
If you reside in another state or country, North Carolina Board of Nursing issued fingerprint cards and instructions will be mailed directly to you following submission of your application for licensure. Fingerprinting must be performed by trained law enforcement personnel. Contact your local Sheriff or Police office for assistance and additional details.
To submit an application for examination, access your Nurse Gateway profile and select 'EXAM APPLICATION' under the 'Licenses/Certificates' menu item.
- The Application Confirmation which serves as your official receipt will be available on your Nurse Gateway profile upon successful completion of the application process. To access, select the appropriate tile under the "Licenses/Approval to Practice/Certifications" tab on the Home screen, then select the "Files" tab on the License Information screen.
- If your email address is listed with the NC Board of Nursing, you will receive a confirmation via email verifying receipt of your online application.