The North Carolina RN Refresher Program is for registered nurses (RNs) who have successfully passed the NCLEX exam and have, at some time, been licensed in one of the 50 states. You may be a candidate if you have never practiced or have an expired license. If you do not have a North Carolina license, please contact the Board of Nursing at (919) 782-3211.

Important Information

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is helping to address the state’s nursing shortage in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program announced they have waived tuition and fees for an accelerated version of their online, self-paced Registered Nurse Refresher theory course for April. The program will help trained and licensed nurses quickly get back into the field as COVID-19 caused a surge in the state’s need for health care personnel.

This pandemic underscores an urgent need for experienced healthcare professionals across our state,” said Nena Peragallo Montano, dean of the UNC School of Nursing. “We’re hopeful that by offering this fast-track program and making it more accessible we can help nurses across the state as they continue serving North Carolinians in our fight against coronavirus.”

Recent industry data and projections show North Carolina is expected to have the second-largest shortage of nurses in the nation by 2025 – a deficit of nearly 13,000 nurses in the state.

The program includes a self-paced, online theory course and a clinical practicum. The clinical practicum fee of $250 cannot be waived. The program for registered nurses can be utilized by both those who have lapsed in their licensure and active RNs who are looking to refresh and update their knowledge.

Historically, the theory course takes up to nine months to complete. To graduate nurses in time to meet the highest need, the accelerated version must be completed in three months. The condensed timeframe provides nurses the same breadth of knowledge and training in the most updated technology and approaches.

Nurses who want to apply for the program and waived fees can visit for more information.

How do I get started?

To set up an appointment or for more information, contact: Director of Nursing Continuing Education/RN Refresher Coordinator, (910) 678-7246

Testimonies for the North Carolina RN Refresher Program

I am fortunate to reside in a state with such a comprehensive RN refresher program. SR-AHEC's refresher program provided me with the necessary skills to confidently re-enter nursing in a contemporary setting.
- Crystal Majeski

It has been somewhat of long road to become a registered nurse here in the US, English proficiency test, having my credentials evaluated, and finally the NCLEX. Also during that time I was working my way to US citizenship, and became a legal US citizen Sept 12, 2018! Being a foreign trained nurse with 23 years of nursing experience, helped me to prepare for a nursing career in the US and North Carolina in particular. I was glad I took the NCBON approved UNC Friday Center Nursing Refresher Program to bring my skills up to date. I enjoy learning, and enjoyed the challenges of the course. I am looking forward to applying what I have learned as I move forward. I love being a nurse, and it is my plan to continue my leaning as I progress in my career.
- Rodica Gullickson