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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.

For detailed information visit Nurse Refresher Program at UNC.

Accelerated RN Refresher Program

Now more than ever, our state needs nurses. For a limited time, we are offering a discounted, accelerated version of our online, self-paced course for qualified applicants to address our nursing workforce needs.

This program is the same RN Refresher online course we always offer – usually designed to take up to 9 months to complete. We are offering this ambitious 3-month track for the discounted cost of $550 (a savings of $250) to help with healthcare professional shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The enrollment period for this special offer is February 1 through April 30, 2022 for new enrollments only. Participants must complete the course within three months of their enrollment date.

What will I need to complete this course?

The theory course is self-paced and online, designed to balance with other commitments. You will need a computer, email, and high-speed Internet access to complete the online theory course.

Will this renew my license in N.C.?

If you’re a registered nurse who is a legal resident of North Carolina, who has had a lapsed or inactive license from any of the 50 states for 5 or more years, and want to return to nursing in North Carolina, you must enroll in Option 1. Learn more about our program options.

For official and complete information about renewing your nursing license in North Carolina, please visit the State Board of Nursing website.

What if I can’t complete the course in 3 months?

If you are unable to complete your course within that timeframe, you will need to register for the traditional RN Refresher program at full price, for an additional self-paced term of up to 9 months. No extensions will be granted under any circumstances.

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

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