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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Upon successful completion of the online application, you may check your application status via Nurse Gateway. 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.

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:


Recognition Requirements

  • A permanent North Carolina Registered Nurse (RN) license or another Compact State Registered Nurse license valid for practice in North Carolina (Compact license information must first be submitted on the “Compact State Application”).

  • Master's or higher degree in Nursing or a related Master's
  • Current National Certification as Clinical Nurse Specialist


  • Submit required Clinical Nurse Specialist Portfolio documents as outlined in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Flowchart

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 your Nurse Gateway profile.

  • 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 North Carolina Board of Nursing, you will receive a confirmation via email verifying receipt of your online application.

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