Clinical Nurse Specialist

Your Initial Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition will be granted for 3-27 months in order to sync with your Registered Nurse birth month renewal.

Effective with Registered Nurse licenses expiring January 31, 2016, and thereafter, your Clinical Nurse Specialist renewal will appear on the Nurse Portal.

Effective July 1, 2015, the new Clinical Nurse Specialist Rules 21 NCAC 36.0228 require all Clinical Nurse Specialists to be recognized by the North Carolina Board of Nursing in order to practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in North Carolina.

Fee Information: There is no fee for this process

Recognition Requirements
  • A permanent North Carolina Registered Nurse (RN) license or another Compact State Registered Nurse license valid for practice in North Carolina (via submitting Compact State Application in Nurse Portal); and
  • Master's or higher degree in Nursing or a related Master's; and
  • Current National Certification as Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Application Confirmation which serves as your official receipt will be available on the Nurse Portal 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 North Carolina Board of Nursing, you will receive confirmation via email verifying receipt of your online application.

Upon successful completion of the online application, you may check your application status via Nurse Portal . Licensure information can be verified on the Board's website. The Board of Nursing’s electronic database serves the primary source of licensure information for nurses in North Carolina.

Last Changed: 13-March-2024