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

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

(2)           has successfully 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 21 NCAC 36 .0801(8); and

(4)           has supplied additional information necessary to evaluate the application as requested.

(b)  Beginning January 1, 2005, new graduates of a nurse practitioner program, who are seeking first-time nurse practitioner registration in North Carolina shall:

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

(2)           have successfully completed a 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)(13); 90-18.2; 90-171.20(7); 90-171.23(b); 90-171.83;

Eff. August 1, 2004;

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

Readopted Eff. January 1, 2019.