North Carolina Nurses CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

North Carolina Nurses

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The North Carolina Board of Nursing accepts courses from any provider who is ANCC accredited.

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention North Carolina Nurses: Due to COVID-19, The North Carolina Board of Nursing has waived the requirement of completion of continuing education. The waiver will remain in effect until December 31, 2020 or unless sooner amended or rescinded by the Board or further Executive Order. For more information, please visit: https://www.ncbon.com/myfiles/downloads/coronavirus/temporary-renewal.pdf.

The North Carolina Board of Nursing accepts NetCE courses.

RNs, LPNs, APRN-CNSs*, and APRN-CRNAs* are required one of the following every two years:

  • National certification or re-certification by a national credentialing body recognized by the Board (*APRNs must maintain national certification); or
  • Thirty (30) contact hours of continuing education activities; or
  • Completion of a Board approved refresher course; or
  • Completion of a minimum of two semester hours of post-licensure academic education related to nursing practice; or
  • Fifteen (15) contact hours of a continuing education activity and completion of a nursing project as principal or co-principal investigator to include statement of the problem, project objectives, methods and summary of findings; or
  • Fifteen (15) contact hours of continuing education activities and authoring or coauthoring a published nursing-related article, paper, book or book chapter; or
  • Fifteen (15) contact hours of continuing education activities and developing and conducting a nursing education presentation or presentations totaling a minimum of five contact hours for nurses or other health professionals to include a copy of program brochure or course syllabi, objectives, content and teaching methods, and date and location of presentation; or
  • Fifteen (15) contact hours of continuing education activities and 640 hours of active practice within the previous two (2) years.

APRN-NPs are required to maintain national certification, which includes meeting continuing education requirements of 50 contact hours.

APRN-CNMs are required to maintain national certification, which includes meeting continuing education requirements (an average of 10 hours per year) of the Certificate Maintenance Program.

APRN (NPs and CNMs) authorized to prescribe controlled substances are required 1 hour in controlled substances prescribing practices, signs of abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substances prescribing for chronic pain management.

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For More Information

Please contact the North Carolina Board of Nursing at (919) 782-3211, or visit their website at http://www.ncbon.com/.

Additional information regarding your continuing education requirements may be found at:
https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-continuing-competence-continuing-competence-requirements - All Licensees.
https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-advanced-practice-registered-nurse-aprn-advanced-practice-registered-nurse-aprn-requirements - APRNs.
https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-advanced-practice-registered-nurse-aprn-nurse-practitioner - APRN-NPs.
https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-advanced-practice-registered-nurse-aprn-certified-nurse-midwife - APRN-CNMs.
https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-advanced-practice-registered-nurse-aprn-certified-registered-nurse-anesthetist - APRN-CRNAs.
https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-advanced-practice-registered-nurse-aprn-clinical-nurse-specialist - APRN-CNSs.
http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac/title%2021%20-%20occupational%20licensing%20boards%20and%20commissions/chapter%2036%20-%20nursing/21%20ncac%2036%20.0807.html - Rule 21 NCAC 36.0807 for APRN-NPs with prescriptive authority.
http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac/title%2021%20-%20occupational%20licensing%20boards%20and%20commissions/chapter%2033%20-%20midwifery%20joint%20committee/chapter%2033%20rules.html - See Rule 21 NCAC 33.0111 effective March 1, 2017 for APRN-CNMs with prescriptive authority.
https://www.ncbon.com/news-publications-statistics-frequently-asked-questions-controlled-substance-reporting-system - FAQs for APRNs with prescriptive authority.