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.
Program Details5337 HWY 264 East, Washington, NC 27889 Request Information7418 NC Hwy 41W, Dublin, NC 28332 Request Information50 College Road, Bolivia, NC 28422 Request Information4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne, NC 28429 Request Information3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 Request Information1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, NC 27330 Request Information137 South Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152 Request Information444 Western Boulevard, Jacksonville, NC 28546 Request Information1208 N. Road St, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 Request Information305 Cunningham Blvd, Havelock, NC 28532 Request Information1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703 Request Information4800 Airport Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28208 Request Information7802 Airport Center Drive, Greensboro, NC 27409 Request Information4101 Doie Cope Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 Request Information225 Tarboro St., Rocky Mount, NC 27801 Request Information2201 Hull Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28303 Request Information2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 Request Information201 Highway 321 South, Dallas, NC 28034 Request Information601 High Point Road, Jamestown, NC 27282 Request Information200 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890 Request Information134 Maple Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Request Information133 James Sprunt Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349 Request Information231 Hwy 58 South, Kinston, NC 28502 Request Information54 College Dr., Marion, NC 28752 Request Information1011 Page Street, Troy, NC 27371 Request Information522 N. Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 Request Information1042 West Hamlet Avenue, Hamlet, NC 28345 Request Information5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360 Request Information215 Wrenn Memorial Road, Wentworth, NC 27375 Request Information1333 Jake Alexander Blvd. South, Salisbury, NC 28146 Request Information1801 Sunset Ave, Clinton, NC 28329 Request Information3509 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe, NC 28110 Request Information4564 Chadbourn Highway, Whiteville, NC 28472 Request Information630 South Main St, Dobson, NC 27017 Request Information297 DCCC Road, Thomasville, NC 27360 Request Information200 Community College Road, Henderson, NC 27536 Request Information3000 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534 Request Information902 Herring Avenue, Wilson, NC 27893 Request Information
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
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.