After graduating from medical school the only thing that stands between you and your medical practice is getting a license.
In North Carolina, the licensing process is quite simple. As the state provides well-written checklists and an easy-to-use online portal.
If you do everything right and choose a good strategy, you will get your physician license in just four months.
In order to find all the important information and a step-by-step guide, continue reading.
The NC Medical Board (NCMB) requirements are similar to other State Medical Boards’ requirements.
This process will be easier if you attended an accredited medical school program, passed the exams, and took the port-grad training.
To start the application you need some tools.
To submit the documents fast and easily, sign up for Federation Credentials Verification Services.
The FCVS gathers all your physician information and helps you to send your documents altogether.
These documents include:
So, if you are ready you provide all these documents to the NCMB, just indicate “North Carolina” as a receiver.
Although you must pay an extra $375, it has its advantages.
You can make the document submission process faster and also you can apply to the different boards without any problem.
Getting an FCVS account can take months, so be sure to plan it earlier.
Unlike other states, the NCMB accepts all the medical schools. So, there is no approved school. You can meet the education requirement, just attending a legal medical school.
With the application, you also have to send some forms.
It is very easy to send these forms to the NC Medical Board, you just can send them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your NCMB online profile will show the submitted forms in 12-15 days.
If you plan not to use the FCVS, you must be more careful in this step.
Here’s a view of the forms or proof that you need:
The foreign applicant needs to take extra steps to get a license in the US.
You must provide the extra ECFMG certificate or an ECFMG exam score transcript.
So, request the ECFMG to send your Certification Status Report to the NC Medical Board.
Your program head has to complete the Fifth Pathway verification too.
In North Carolina, the physician license application is quite simple as it is all online.
First, you must make a profile on the online portal.
It is also important for the easy process, to use a computer with Microsoft Windows, use Internet Explorer and disable the popup blocker in your browser.
You also need to have a printer to print all the necessary forms. But, make sure to indicate at the beginning if you are using FCVS, so you can complete the right one.
There is a lot of details that you need to provide to be a part of the North Carolina Medical Society. It includes information from high school till now.
Here are some criteria that you need to complete
For all the questions that you answer “yes”, you also need to explain it.
As you need to prove to the board that you are the right applicant, you need to provide detailed answers.
Once you have completed the application, there are a few more steps to take.
All you need to do is to:
All these need to be signed and have a notary seal. And send it to the NCMB via mail.
You need to provide a background check and fingerprint card.
Once you start your online application you have a year to send all the necessary documentation.
The licensing process typically lasts 4 months. It can extend to six months if you apply in March and August.
There are some extra costs that you need to pay for your North Carolina medical license. It includes:
Altogether it will cost $440 without the FCVS and with it $815.
In order to verify a medical license, you need to send a request to the NCMB website.