North Carolina Licensure & Registration Info

The North Carolina State Board of Nursing licenses registered nurses and practical nurses. North Carolina is a Nurse Licensure Compact (Compact) state, meaning that nurses licensed by another Compact state do not need to apply for licensure unless they plan to make North Carolina their primary state of residency.

Select license type you’re applying for:

Registered Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exam scores not required to be resubmitted to CGFNS for CP or VS Verification Letter.

Exams scores are not required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES.

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Overall Score: 83; Speaking Score: 26
  • IELTS Overall Score: 6.5; Speaking Score: 7.0

Notes

Registered Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are not required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES.

Notes

Licensed Practical Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exam scores not required to be resubmitted to CGFNS for VS Verification Letter.

Exams scores are not required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES.

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Overall Score: 79; Speaking Score: 26
  • IELTS Overall Score: 6.0; Speaking Score: 7.0

Notes

Licensed Practical Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are not required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES.

Notes

*May be required by Board of Nursing

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