U.S. Military Graduate Requirements
Approved U.S. Military Programs
The North Carolina Board of Nursing supports military personnel and veterans experiencing career transitions. Currently, the graduates of three military practical nursing programs meet North Carolina requirements to take the NCLEX-PN® national examination and be considered for licensure if a passing score is achieved:
- Army Practical Nursing (68WM6)
- Army MOS 68C Practical Nursing
- Air Force Practical Nursing Technology Associate Degree (7GAL)
- Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse (Joliet Junior College)
These three programs are the only military nursing education programs currently approved in North Carolina for practical nurse licensure by examination. These programs meet both the academic and practicum criteria required by the North Carolina Nursing Practice Act and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) education standards.
Non-Approved U.S. Military Courses-Programs
The Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard Medical Education and Training Programs do not currently offer education programs that meet North Carolina nursing licensure requirements. In addition, North Carolina has no provision to allow challenge of the practical nurse or registered nurse licensure examination based on experience. The military programs not meeting the education requirements are:
- Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program (Navy HM0000)
- Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program (Air Force BMTCP 4NOX1)
- Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT 4NOX1C)
- Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic)
Although the courses offered in these military programs are extensive and rigorous to meet the needs of the military. A veteran who has been a Healthcare Specialist (Medic), Corpsman, or Medical Technician has not been educated and experienced in the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), the nursing process, and the science of nursing care.
In addition, individuals seeking Licensed Practical Nurse licensure must learn the scope of Licensed Practical Nurse practice, the principles of delegation, the performance of age-appropriate care-delivery skills based on scientific data and best practices, and be able to practice competently and safety. This is acquired through formal education, both clinical and didactic, and must be integrated throughout the course of study. The military occupation programs listed above lack:
- Content in the nursing process
- Health promotion and prevention
- Care of the pediatric patient
- Care of the obstetric patient
- Care of the older adult/geriatric patient
- Chronic care management
The North Carolina Community College System developed a concept-based practical nursing curriculum, fully implemented in 2015. This curriculum provides the knowledge and skills needed to integrate safety and quality into nursing care and to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.
If a veteran believes their education is equivalent to the published concept-based practical nursing curriculum, the North Carolina Board of Nursing conducts an individualized review of previous courses/programs/transcripts. Due to the variation of military educational and training programs a thorough review of course syllabi is required to ensure compliance with North Carolina’s law and rules.