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Clinical Nurse Specialist

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 (Compact license information must first be submitted on the “Compact State Application”); and

  • Master's or higher degree in Nursing or a related Master's; and
  • Current National Certification as Clinical Nurse Specialist; or
  • Submit required Clinical Nurse Specialist Portfolio documents as outlined in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Flowchart

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