(a)  The Board shall register an applicant as a nurse practitioner who:

(1)           has an active unencumbered license or privilege to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina or compact state and, when applicable, an active unencumbered approval, registration, or license as a nurse practitioner in another state, territory, or possession of the United States;

(2)           has completed a nurse practitioner education program as outlined in Rule .0805 of this Section;

(3)           is certified as a nurse practitioner by a national credentialing body consistent with Rule .0801(8) of this Section; and

(4)           has supplied additional information necessary to evaluate the application as requested by the Board on a case-by-case basis.

(b)  Applicants who have graduated from a nurse practitioner program after January 1, 2005 who are seeking first-time nurse practitioner registration shall:

(1)           hold a Master's or higher degree in Nursing or related field with primary focus on Nursing;

(2)           have completed a graduate or post-graduate level nurse practitioner education program accredited by a national accrediting body; and

(3)           provide documentation of certification by a national credentialing body.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-18(c)(14); 90-18.2; 90-171.23(b); 90-171.95B;

Eff. August 1, 2004;

Amended Eff. September 1, 2012; November 1, 2008; December 1, 2006;

Readopted Eff. January 1, 2019;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2021.