Continuing Education Requirements for Nurses and License Renewal

Meet your nursing CE requirements with ease. If you'd like a refresher on what's needed to renew your license, see the requirements below.

0 Mandatory Hours
30 Elective Hours
30 Total Hours
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Here's what you need to renew your North Carolina Nursing license

The information below is a summary of the minimum requirements set forth by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. For a more detailed requirements breakdown, please see the board's site.
If you hold Nursing licenses in multiple states, please make sure to check each state's requirements.

North Carolina Nursing: APN (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 50
Mandatory Hours: 1
Elective Hours: 49
Renewal Cycle in Years: 1

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Mandatory Subjects:
  • Safe Prescribing Practices – 1 contact hour every annual renewal period. 
(One of the following is required)
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and 640 hours of active practice within previous 2 years
  • National Certification or Re-certification by a National Credentialing Body recognized by the Board
  • 30 Contact Hours of continued education
  • Completion of a Board-Approved Refresher Course
  • Completion of a minimum of two (2) semester hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and completion of a nursing project as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator to include statement of problem, project objectives, methods, date of completion and summary of findings
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and Authoring or Co-Authoring a nursing-related article, paper, book or book chapter
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and developing and conducting a nursing continuing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours, including program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, date and location of presentation, and approximate number of attendees

Online Limitations

There are no online limitations.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: North Carolina Board of Nursing
Phone: 9197823211
Fax: 9197819461
Address: 4516 Lake Boone Trail Raleigh, 27607

North Carolina Nursing: LVN-LPN (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 30
Mandatory Hours: 0
Elective Hours: 30
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

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(One of the following is required)
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and 640 hours of active practice within previous 2 years
  • National Certification or Re-certification by a National Credentialing Body recognized by the Board
  • 30 Contact Hours of continued education
  • Completion of a Board-Approved Refresher Course
  • Completion of a minimum of two (2) semester hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and completion of a nursing project as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator to include statement of problem, project objectives, methods, date of completion and summary of findings
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and Authoring or Co-Authoring a nursing-related article, paper, book or book chapter
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and developing and conducting a nursing continuing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours, including program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, date and location of presentation, and approximate number of attendees

Online Limitations

There are no online limitations.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: North Carolina Board of Nursing
Phone: 9197823211
Fax: 9197819461
Address: 4516 Lake Boone Trail Raleigh, 27607

North Carolina Nursing: RN (Continuing Education)

Total Hours Required: 30
Mandatory Hours: 0
Elective Hours: 30
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

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(One of the following is required)
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and 640 hours of active practice within previous 2 years
  • National Certification or Re-certification by a National Credentialing Body recognized by the Board
  • 30 Contact Hours of continued education
  • Completion of a Board-Approved Refresher Course
  • Completion of a minimum of two (2) semester hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and completion of a nursing project as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator to include statement of problem, project objectives, methods, date of completion and summary of findings
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and Authoring or Co-Authoring a nursing-related article, paper, book or book chapter
  • 15 Contact Hours of continued education and developing and conducting a nursing continuing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours, including program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, date and location of presentation, and approximate number of attendees

Online Limitations

There are no online limitations.

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: North Carolina Board of Nursing
Phone: 9197823211
Fax: 9197819461
Address: 4516 Lake Boone Trail Raleigh, 27607

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.