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Legal Scope of Practice Online Course

The purpose of this course is to provide information and clarification regarding the legal scope of practice for nurses practicing in North Carolina. This self-paced online course provides a basic understanding of nursing regulation and the parameters of practice for all levels of nursing personnel. It contrasts the scopes of the Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse and provides examples of “exceeding” one’s scope.

  • 1.5 contact hours 

Handout and reference materials should be downloaded and reviewed prior to registering for the course.   You may exit the course at any time and complete it at your own pace. IMPORTANT:  Prior to exiting the course, note your confirmation number for future reference and access.    

Read the following handouts

The following documents and pages provide information that will be of assistance in completing the Legal Scope of Practice Course:


Rules Defining Components of Practice for Registered Nurses

Rules Defining Components of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses

Tasks, Decision Tree, and Position Statements



Last Changed 6-Oct-2021

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