21 NCAC 36 .0218             LICENSURE WITHOUT EXAMINATION (BY ENDORSEMENT)

(a)  The Board shall provide an application form which the applicant who wishes to apply for licensure without examination (by endorsement) shall complete in its entirety.

(b)  The applicant for licensure by endorsement as a registered nurse shall show evidence of:

(1)           completion of a program of nursing education for registered nurse licensure which was approved by the jurisdiction of original licensure;

(2)           attainment of the standard score on the examination which was required by the jurisdiction issuing the original certificate of registration;

(3)           self-certification that the applicant is of mental and physical health necessary to competently practice nursing;

(4)           unencumbered license in all jurisdictions in which a license is or has ever been held.  A license that has had all encumbrances resolved in the jurisdictions in which the reasons for the encumbrances occurred shall be considered an unencumbered license for purposes of this provision;

(5)           current license in a jurisdiction; if the license has been inactive or lapsed for five or more years, the applicant shall be subject to requirements for a refresher course as indicated in G.S. 90-171.35 and G.S. 90-171.36;

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

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

(c)  The applicant for licensure by endorsement as a licensed practical nurse shall show evidence of:

(1)           completion of:

(A)          a program in practical nursing approved by the jurisdiction of original licensure; or

(B)          course(s) of study within a program(s) which shall be comparable to that required of practical nurse graduates in North Carolina; or

(C)          course of study for military hospital corpsman which shall be comparable to that required of practical nurse graduates in North Carolina.

The applicant who was graduated prior to July 1956 shall be considered on an individual basis in light of licensure requirements in North Carolina at the time of original licensure;

(2)           attainment of the standard score on the examination which was required by the jurisdiction issuing the original certificate of registration;

(3)           self-certification that the applicant is of mental and physical health necessary to competently practice nursing;

(4)           unencumbered license in all jurisdictions in which a license is or has ever been held.  A license that has had all encumbrances resolved in the jurisdictions in which the reasons for the encumbrances occurred shall be considered an unencumbered license for purposes of this provision;

(5)           current license in a jurisdiction; if the license has been inactive or lapsed for five or more years, the applicant shall be subject to requirements for a refresher course as indicated in G.S. 90-171.35 and G.S. 90-171.36;

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

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

(d)  A nurse educated in a foreign country (including Canada) shall be eligible for North Carolina licensure by endorsement if the nurse has:

(1)           proof of education as required by the jurisdiction issuing the original certificate;

(2)           prior to January 1, 2004 proof of passing either the:

(A)          Canadian Nurses Association Test Service Examination (CNATS) in the English language; or

(B)          Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) in the English language; or

(C)          the licensing examination developed by the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCLEX).

(3)           beginning January 1, 2004, the applicant educated in a foreign country including Canada shall show evidence of Subparagraph (d)(1) and Part (2)(C) of this Paragraph; Parts (d)(2)(A) and (B) shall no longer apply;

(4)           self-certification that the applicant is of mental and physical health necessary to competently practice nursing;

(5)           unencumbered license in all jurisdictions which a license is or has ever been held.  A license that has had all encumbrances resolved in the jurisdictions in which the reasons for the encumbrances occurred shall be considered an unencumbered license for purposes of this provision;

(6)           current license in another jurisdiction or foreign country.  If the license has been inactive or lapsed for five or more years, the applicant shall be subject to requirements for a refresher course as indicated in G.S. 90-171.35 and G.S. 90-171.36;

(7)           completed all court conditions resulting from any misdemeanor or felony conviction(s); and

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

(e)  When an applicant is eligible for licensure consistent with Part (d)(2)(A) or (d)(2)(B) of this Rule the license issued by the Board will not permit the individual to practice in other states party to the Nurse Licensure Compact. 

(f)  Facts provided by the applicant and the Board of Nursing of original licensure shall be compared to confirm the identity and validity of the applicant's credentials.  Status in other states of current licensure may be verified.  When eligibility is determined, a certificate of registration and a current license for the remainder of the biennial period shall be issued.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90‑171.23(b); 90‑171.32; 90‑171.33; 90‑171.37; 90-171.48;

Eff. May 1, 1982;

Amended Eff. December 1, 2005; April 1, 2003; January 1, 1996; July 1, 1994;

February 1, 1994; August 3, 1992.