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Refresher Course

If your North Carolina Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license has been inactive, retired or lapsed for five years or more and you have not been licensed in another state during the last five years*, successful completion of a Board approved Refresher Course is required prior to reactivating or reinstating your North Carolina license. In order to be considered for current licensure status, you must apply for reinstatement within one year of completing the Refresher Course.

A current license to resume the practice of nursing will be issued upon successful completion of the Refresher Course and submission of the reinstatement application, fee, criminal background check and any other documents which the Board may require. The Board may decline to reactivate a license if a determination of unsatisfactory ability to practice nursing is evident.

*Nurse Practitioners who have not practiced in greater than two years must complete a Nurse Practitioner Refresher Course.

Refresher Courses

Currently Approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing

According to the North Carolina Nursing Practice Act, individuals who have not held an active license for at least five years are required to successfully complete a Board approved Refresher Course. If you desire licensure in a state other than North Carolina, contact that board of Nursing regarding their requirements. The Registered Nurse Refresher Course includes at least 240 hours of instruction, with at least 120 hours of the total consisting of clinical learning experiences. The Licensed Practical Nurse Refresher Course consists of at least 180 hours of instruction, with at least 90 hours of the total being clinical learning experiences.

Contact the program of your choice for specific admission and course requirements. If you need additional information regarding this process, email Education using the Contact Us Form. Refresher Courses currently approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing:

Licensed Practical Nurse

Isothermal Community College
Approval Expires: December, 2022
Phone: (828) 286-3636

Lenoir Community College
Approval Expires: January, 2019
Phone: (252) 527-6223

South Piedmont Community College
Approval Expires: June, 2018
Phone: (704) 272-5398
Online - provides independent didactic review with clinical preceptorship in your own community

Registered Nurse

Lenoir Community College
Approval Expires:  November, 2021
Phone: (252) 527-6223

Stanly Community College
Approval Expires:  January, 2022
Phone: (704) 991-0342

NC AHEC Program
Approval Expires:  December, 2020
Website: http://www.ncahec.net/about/nurse_refresher.htm

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