Internationally Educated Applicant
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Submitting this online examination application does not guarantee approval for taking NCLEX. You must meet all eligibility requirements as outlined in the application, and the North Carolina Board of Nursing must declare you eligible to test with the testing service (Pearson VUE).
The North Carolina Board of Nursing does not provide examination results by phone; however, you can pay for “Quick Results” through Pearson Vue, which grants you access to your results within 2 business days of the examination. Telephone inquiries and letters requesting information will not accelerate the process.
The initial application for Licensure by Examination, and the Criminal Background Check will be held active for one (1) year from the date the candidate is determined to be eligible to test. The Authorization to Test is valid for 180 days from the date of eligibility. If you do not take NCLEX prior to the expiration date, you will be responsible for repayment of fees.
A multi-state North Carolina license is not issued when another state is claimed as the primary state of residence, however, a single state license will be issued until proof of North Carolina residency is provided to the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) uses the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) prepared by National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to measure competence for entry-level practice for graduates of Board-approved nursing education programs. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has contracted with Pearson VUE to administer NCLEX®.
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
*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.
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|Documentation of Education (Choose one Agency)||
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)
International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
|English Proficiency Examination (Choose either TOEFL or IELTS)||
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
IELTS (Academic) - International English Language Testing Service
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.
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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.
Assure eligibility requirements have been met, or all fees will be forfeited.
FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
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Receive eligibility from the North Carolina Board of Nursing
Once the application is submitted, the Identification Document is mailed in and marked as RECEIVED, your North Carolina program is verified by your Program Director and Pearson VUE registration are complete then allow up to 10 business days to receive Authorization to Test (ATT) via e-mail.
The Authorization to Test (ATT) is valid for 180 days from the date of eligibility. If you miss your NCLEX appointment or the ATT expires, you are required to re-register and pay at Pearson Vue Testing Centers.
This site includes the candidate bulletin and information that is necessary to review for the NCLEX® examination.
Schedule your examination appointment with Pearson VUE. Arrive for your examination appointment and present your Authorization to Test (ATT) letter and acceptable identification.
Receive your official results from the North Carolina Board of Nursing approximately four (4) weeks after your examination.
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** The Criminal Background Check is required for licensure only, it does not affect an applicant’s ability to test. To avoid delays in the issuance of a license, we recommend completing this prior to testing.
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:
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.
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.
The North Carolina Board of Nursing no longer issues wallet size license cards or mail licensure certificates. Your licensure certificate will be available for download or print on your Nurse Gateway profile.