21 NCAC 36 .0211             LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION

(a)  An applicant shall meet the educational qualifications to take the examination for licensure to practice as a registered nurse by:

(1)           graduating from a Board approved nursing program (21 NCAC 36 .0300) designed to prepare a person for registered nurse licensure; or

(2)           graduating from a nursing program outside the United States that is designed to provide graduates with comparable education preparation as required in 21 NCAC 36 .0321(b) through (d) for licensure as a registered nurse, and submitting evidence from an evaluation agency of the required educational qualifications and evidence of English proficiency.  The evaluation agency(s) for educational qualifications shall be selected from a list of evaluation agencies published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc., which is hereby incorporated by Reference, including subsequent amendments of the referenced materials. The list of such agencies is available, at no cost, from the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The evidence of English proficiency shall be the Test of English as a Foreign Language or a test determined by the Board to be equivalent to the Test of English as a Foreign Language;

(b)  An applicant shall meet the educational qualifications to take the examination for licensure to practice as a licensed practical nurse by:

(1)           graduating from a Board approved nursing program (21 NCAC 36 .0300) designed to prepare a person for practical nurse licensure;

(2)           graduating from a nursing program outside the United States that is designed to provide graduates with comparable preparation for licensure as a licensed practical nurse, and submitting evidence from an evaluation agency of the required educational qualifications and evidence of English proficiency.  The evaluation agency(s) for educational qualifications shall be selected from a list of evaluation agencies published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc., which is hereby incorporated by Reference, including subsequent amendments of the referenced materials.  The list of such agencies is available, at no cost, from the North Carolina Board of Nursing.  The evidence of English proficiency shall be passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language or a test determined by the Board to be equivalent to the Test of English as a Foreign Language;

(3)           graduating from a Board approved nursing program designed to prepare graduates for registered nurse licensure, and failing to pass the examination for registered nurse licensure; or

(4)           graduating from a nursing program outside the United States that is designed to prepare graduates with comparable preparation for licensure as a registered nurse, and submitting the evidence as described in Subparagraph (a)(2) of this Rule of the required educational qualifications, and failing to pass the examination for registered nurse licensure in any jurisdiction.

(c)  An application shall be submitted to the Board of Nursing and a registration form to the testing service.  The applicant shall meet all requirements of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

(d)  The initial application shall be held active until the applicant passes the examination or one year, whichever occurs first.  The time begins on the date the applicant is determined to be eligible for the licensure examination. 

(e)  The examinations for licensure developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. shall be the examinations for licensure as a registered nurse or as a licensed practical nurse in North Carolina.

(1)           These examinations shall be administered in accordance with the contract between the Board of Nursing and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

(2)           The examinations for licensure shall be administered at least twice a year.

(3)           Results for the examination shall be reported to the individual applicant and to the director of the program from which the applicant was graduated.  Aggregate results from the examination(s) may be published by the Board.

(4)           The passing standard score for each of the five tests comprising the examination for registered nurse licensure, up to and including the February 1982 examination was 350.  For the examination offered in July 1982 and through July 1988, the passing score was 1600.  Beginning February 1989, the results for registered nurse licensure is reported as "PASS" or "FAIL".

(5)           The passing score for the examination for practical nurse licensure, up to and including the April 1988 was 350.  Beginning October 1988, the results for practical nurse licensure is reported as "PASS" or "FAIL".

(f)  Applicants who meet the qualifications for licensure by examination shall be issued a certificate of registration and a license to practice nursing for the remainder of the biennial period.  The qualifications include:

(1)           a "PASS" result on the licensure examination;

(2)           evidence of unencumbered license in all jurisdictions in which a license is or has ever been held;

(3)           evidence of completion of all court conditions resulting from any misdemeanor or felony convictions; and

(4)           a written explanation and all related documents if the nurse has ever been listed as a Nurse Aide and if there have ever been any substantiated findings pursuant to G.S. 131E-255.  The Board may take these findings into consideration when determining if a license should be denied pursuant to G.S. 90-171.37. In the event findings are pending, the Board may withhold taking any action until the investigation is completed.

(g)  Applicants for a North Carolina license may take the examination for licensure developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. in any National Council approved testing site.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-171.23(15); 90‑171.29; 90‑171.30; 90-171.37(1); 90-171.48;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2004; April 1, 2003; January 1, 1996; July 1, 1994; February 1, 1994; August 3, 1992.