Becoming an LPN in North Carolina

North Carolina takes great pride in staying on top of cutting-edge nursing policy, education, and practice. To meet a growing demand for nurses, individuals can apply for a licensed practical nurse (LPN) license in the state by completing coursework and taking an exam or by endorsement. North Carolina is also part of the Nurse Licensure Compact which allows nurses from other NLC states to practice nursing in the state without additional licensure. By 2024, The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that LPN jobs will increase by 18% per year in North Carolina.

  • LPN Programs in North Carolina

    ProgramDetails
    Beaufort County Community College
    5337 HWY 264 East, Washington, NC 27889
    (252) 946-6194 Visit Homepage
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    Bladen Community College
    7418 NC Hwy 41W, Dublin, NC 28332
    (910) 879-5500 Visit Homepage
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    Brunswick Community College
    50 College Road, Bolivia, NC 28422
    (910) 755-7300 Visit Homepage
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    Cape Fear Community College
    4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne, NC 28429
    (888) 720-0575 Visit Homepage
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    Carteret Community College
    3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
    (252) 222-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Central Carolina Community College
    1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, NC 27330
    (919) 775-5401 Visit Homepage
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    Cleveland Community College
    137 South Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152
    (704) 669-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Coastal Carolina Community College
    444 Western Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC 28546
    (910) 455-1221 Visit Homepage
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    College of The Albemarle
    1208 N. Road St, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
    (252) 335-0821 Visit Homepage
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    Craven Community College
    305 Cunningham Blvd, Havelock, NC 28532
    (252) 444-6005 Visit Homepage
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    Durham Technical Community College
    1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703
    (919) 536-7200 Visit Homepage
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    ECPI University - Charlotte
    4800 Airport Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28208
    (704) 399-1010 Visit Homepage
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    ECPI University - Greensboro
    7802 Airport Center Drive, Greensboro, NC 27409
    (336) 665-1400 Visit Homepage
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    ECPI University - Raleigh
    4101 Doie Cope Road, Raleigh, NC 27613
    (919) 571-0057 Visit Homepage
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    Edgecombe Community College
    225 Tarboro St., Rocky Mount, NC 27801
    (252) 823-5166 Visit Homepage
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    Fayetteville Technical Community College
    2201 Hull Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28303
    (910) 678-8400 Visit Homepage
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    Forsyth Technical Community College
    2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
    (336) 723-0371 Visit Homepage
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    Gaston College
    201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034
    (704) 922-6200 Visit Homepage
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    Guilford Technical Community College
    601 High Point Road, Jamestown, NC 27282
    (336) 334-4822 Visit Homepage
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    Halifax Community College
    200 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890
    (252) 536-2551 Visit Homepage
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    Isothermal Community College
    134 Maple Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139
    (828) 286-2218 Visit Homepage
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    James Sprunt Community College
    133 James Sprunt Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349
    (910) 296-1429 Visit Homepage
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    Lenoir Community College
    231 Hwy 58 South, Kinston, NC 28502
    (252) 527-6223 Visit Homepage
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    McDowell Technical Community College
    54 College Dr., Marion, NC 28752
    (828) 652-6021 Visit Homepage
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    Montgomery Community College
    1011 Page Street, Troy, NC 27371
    (910) 576-6222 Visit Homepage
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    Nash Community College
    522 N. Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
    (252) 443-4011 Visit Homepage
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    Richmond Community College
    1042 West Hamlet Avenue, Hamlet, NC 28345
    (910) 410-1700 Visit Homepage
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    Robeson Community College
    5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360
    (910) 272-3700 Visit Homepage
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    Rockingham Community College
    215 Wrenn Memorial Road, Wentworth, NC 27375
    (336) 342-4261 Visit Homepage
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    Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
    1333 Jake Alexander Blvd. South, Salisbury, NC 28146
    (704) 216-7222 Visit Homepage
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    Sampson Community College
    1801 Sunset Ave, Clinton, NC 28329
    (910) 592-8081 Visit Homepage
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    South Piedmont Community College
    3509 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe, NC 28110
    (704) 290-5100 Visit Homepage
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    Southeastern Community College
    4564 Chadbourn Highway, Whiteville, NC 28472
    (910) 642-7141 Visit Homepage
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    Surry Community College
    630 South Main St, Dobson, NC 27017
    (336) 386-8121 Visit Homepage
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    The College of Davidson and Davie Counties
    297 DCCC Road, Thomasville, NC 27360
    (336) 249-8186 Visit Homepage
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    Vance-Granville Community College
    200 Community College Road, Henderson, NC 27536
    (252) 492-2061 Visit Homepage
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    Wayne Community College
    3000 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534
    (919) 735-5151 Visit Homepage
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    Wilson Community College
    902 Herring Avenue, Wilson, NC 27893
    (252) 291-1195 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • North Carolina LPN Licensing Requirements

    North Carolina, the applicant wishing to become an LPN must attend a board-approved nursing education program. After graduation, a copy of the official transcript needs to be sent directly to the North Carolina Board of Nursing and the graduate must register to take the NCLEX-PN. A criminal background check is also required.

    Other requirements to become an LPN may include physical strength requirements, including the ability to lift patients, pulling and pushing machinery, and extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, and running.

    North Carolina is one of 24 states that make up the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm) that allows nurses living in those states to practice in other NLC states without additional licensure.

    LPN's licensed outside of compact area states can apply for a North Carolina license by endorsement, but can obtain a temporary license to cover them for 6 months while seeking state licensure. In order to receive a license via endorsement the applicant must submit proof of the following:

    • Completion of a state-approved education program comparable to North Carolina’s.
    • Passing the NCLEX or SBTPE.
    • Mentally and physically healthy and able to perform LPN tasks.
    • Previous State Licensure.
    • Criminal background check.

    For those educated outside of the US, applicants can qualify to take the NCLEX by submitting educational documents and passing an English proficiency exam. They must also obtain a valid social security card and submit to a criminal background check.

    LPN licenses are only valid for 2 years and expire the last day of the individual’s birth-month. To renew the North Carolina LPN license the applicant must fulfill one of the following requirements within the 2 years prior to expiration:

    • 640 LPN hours plus 15 hours continued education
    • 30 hours continued education
    • National certification or recertification
    • Board-approved refresher course
    • 2+ semester hours of post-licensure nursing academics
    • 15 hours continued education AND completion of a nursing project as the principal or co-investigator
    • 15 hours continued education AND co-authoring a nursing-related published paper
    • 15 hours continued education AND 5 hours developing or teaching a nursing presentation.

    Learn more about North Carolina LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    Additional NC Nursing Resources

    North Carolina Board of Nursing

    3724 National Drive, Suite 201
    Raleigh, NC 27602
    Phone: (919) 782-3211
    Fax: (919) 781-9461
    http://www.ncbon.com

    1. North Carolina Nurses Association (http://www.ncnurses.org/)

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our North Carolina LPN to RN programs page.