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9th Annual North Carolina RN Program Rankings by RNCareers.org

To help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both North Carolina and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 54 ADN degree programs and 19 BSN degree programs in North Carolina. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in North Carolina to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

RN Programs in North Carolina

Best ADN Programs in North Carolina

Alamance Community College

98.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC - 27253-8000
  • (336) 578-2002
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 98.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 113
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,492
  • Book and Supplies: $4,456
  • Percent Received Aid: 69%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,015
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 27%

Central Piedmont Community College

98.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC - 28204
  • (704) 330-2722
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 98.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 376
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,792
  • Book and Supplies: $1,870
  • Percent Received Aid: 70%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,679
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 21%

Founded in 1963, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is a two-year public college in Charlotte. The college now has multiple campuses and even received an accreditation from SACSCOC to award diplomas, associate degrees, and certificates. The college’s nursing program holds the record of being the oldest nursing program in the North Carolina Community College System. Students in this program will benefit from in-classroom learning with state-of-the art technology, and opportunity for clinical training in various healthcare sites in the Charlotte and Carolinas area. Its nursing program received an approval from the NC Board of Nursing and an accreditation from ACEN. In terms of student engagement, CPCC has an Association of Nursing Students.

Christa A. Overcash Associate Degree in Nursing - This program prepares students to practice in a dynamic environment with safe and quality nursing care. Evidence-based practice is also not undermined. Graduates can sit in the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful performance of the said exam, they can practice as entry-level registered nurses in various healthcare settings. An Association in General Education Nursing is also offered for students who want to begin their ADN degree study and a BSN degree through the Uniform Articulation Agreement. It consists of at least 60 semester hours of credits.

Nurse Aide Program - With curriculum designed to equip students towards working with a licensed healthcare professional’s supervision, this Nurse Aide Program serves as a preparation for the NC competency exam. Valuable hands-on experiences are conducted in the classroom and laboratory with opportunity to learn from field-experienced instructors. Hence, students are equipped to function as Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs), with the ability to provide nursing care and services for people of all ages.

Cape Fear Community College

97.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 411 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC - 28401-3910
  • (910) 362-7000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 267
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,748
  • Book and Supplies: $1,600
  • Percent Received Aid: 53%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,514
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 26%

Located in Wilmington, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) is a comprehensive community college offering technical/vocational curricula, college transfer/university parallel studies, and continuing education programs. It is one the 58 members of the North Carolina Community College System. CFCC received an accreditation from SACSCOC to award associate degrees. Its Health and Human Services programs are rigorous with selective admission. Class size is small to encourage engagement and provide hands-on instruction.

LPN TO RN - This program allows Licensed Practice Nurses (LPNs) to become Registered Nurses (RNs) in just two months. Classes are in hybrid format through a combination of online and in-class instruction. A clinical component is also included in the curriculum. Admission is selective, with minimum requirements subject to annual changes. Program graduates are eligible to practice as RNs after successfully passing the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Associate Degree Nursing - This program is designed to fully-equip students for nursing care provision throughout their lifespan and in various healthcare settings. It received an accreditation from ACEN with Continuing Accreditation as the most recent decision. Safety and quality are given emphasis in nursing care. Program graduates can sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and enter the healthcare workforce as registered nurses.

Practical Nursing - With twelve-month completion on a full-time study plan, this practical nursing program equips students with the competencies needed for direct client care provision under an RN’s supervision. Upon completion of this diploma course, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN.

Carolinas College of Health Sciences

Bachelor Degree Nursing

97.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2110 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC - 28217
  • (704) 355-5043
Nurse Admin: Tracy Hayes, MSN, RN
Title: Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 27
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,635
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $264,235
  • Percent Admitted: 32%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Carolinas College of Health Science is a SACSCOC-accredited public college located in Charlotte. It is owned by Atrium Health, and most of its graduates find employment in the said institution. This non-profit educational institution provides one-on-one faculty attention with modern education for the evolving healthcare environment. It also fosters diversity and inclusive education.

Associate Degree Nursing Program - With 5-6 semesters of coursework, this ADN program immerses students with real-world nursing. Hands-on experience is conducted in the Atrium Health facilities such as the Carolinas Medical Center, and other healthcare centers in the Charlotte area, as well.  Nursing Fundamentals and Behavioral Health are among the nursing courses included in the curriculum. Classes are in small groups for better communication and connections with the faculty. Program admission is extremely competitive. However, once a student is admitted in the program, he/she will receive a conditional admission to the RN-BSN program. This allows the student to take the BSN curriculum upper-level general education courses while also being enrolled in the ADN program.

Nursing: RN-BSN Program - Conducted in a flexible online format, this CCNE-accredited program allows RNs to obtain a BSN degree in as few as 12 to 18 months. The fully online delivery of instruction is designed for RNs to work full-time while studying for the degree. The curriculum covers higher-level general education and nursing courses, preparing students for the ever-changing healthcare needs. Students can also avail in the loan agreement and educational assistance program.

Nurse Aide: CNA Program - With mode of instruction done through an online asynchronous format, students are credentialed in as few as 2-3 months. This Nurse Aide Certification Program allows students to conduct their labs and clinical education in either weekends or evenings, depending on chosen schedule. In order to complete the program, a total of 150 learning hours is required. Students can also avail of full-time scholarships through the Todd and Janelle Collins Nurse Aide Scholars Program.

 

Beaufort County Community College

97.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 5337 US Highway 264 East, Washington, NC - 27889
  • (252) 946-6194
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 49
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,518
  • Book and Supplies: $1,930
  • Percent Received Aid: 78%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,612
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

Beaufort County Community College is located in Washington, North Carolina.  They offer an associate's degree program.  They also offer an advanced placement option for LPNs.  Students who enter the program under the advanced placement option must have been employed as an LPN within the past 12 months.  They also offer an ADN to PN option; this is available for students who are not successful with their studies in the ADN program.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

School of Nursing and Public Health

96.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2855 Hickory Boulevard, Hudson, NC - 28638
  • (828) 726-2200
Nurse Admin: Kathleen Boreale, PhD, RN, A.P.N., C, FNP-BC, ACHPN
Title: Associate Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 94
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,537
  • Book and Supplies: $1,900
  • Percent Received Aid: 82%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,219
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

With Campuses in Hudson and Boone, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCCTI) is a higher education institution accredited by SACSCOC. Its ADN program in the Watauga Campus is ACEN-accredited with initial accreditation as the most recent decision. Its nursing curriculum equips students with safe, quality evidence-based, and individualized nursing care. For students to have seamless transfer after ADN completion, CCCTI has articulation agreements with several universities and colleges.

 Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) - This program prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and for their roles as registered nurses. Students are trained to provide individualized care which are grounded on evidence-based, safe, and quality nursing care. After passing the NCLEX-RN, they can work in a variety of settings in the global health care systems. A PN to ADN Transition Option is also available. This Practical Nursing to Associate Degree in Nursing Transition Program is designed for practical nurses. Upon program completion, students are also eligible to sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Practical Nursing Diploma - Safety and quality nursing care is integrated in teaching the necessary knowledge and skills. Program graduates can sit in the NCLEX-PN licensing exam and work in various healthcare settings such as clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and long-term care centers.

Wake Technical Community College

96.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC - 27603-5696
  • (919) 866-5000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 600
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,768
  • Book and Supplies: $1,800
  • Percent Received Aid: 62%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,320
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh is the state’s largest community college. This two-year public college has six campuses and multiple community sites, among others. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, certificates, and associate degrees. Its Martha Mann Smith School of Nursing supports the 7 core values in the NLN Outcomes and Competency Model. Simulation learning experiences are also conducted in the college’s state-of-the-art simulation learning lab.

Associate Degree Nursing Program - This program is designed to equip students with the competencies needed for safety and quality integration in nursing care. Clinicals are done in different sites, including outside of Wake County. Meanwhile, an advanced placement option is available for Licensed Professional Nurses (LPNs) seeking an Associate Degree in Nursing. The said advanced placement program opens in the summer semester, annually. Program graduates can sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and practice as entry-level RNs after passing the said exam. This ADN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

Practical Nursing Diploma - With 44 total credit units, this Practical Nursing Diploma program is offered in the Perry Health Sciences Campus on a day-only schedule. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based clinical practice in health care provision. Program graduates are prepared to take the NCLEX-PN and for entry-level nursing positions.

Nurse Aide I - This 168-contact hour class composed of theory and clinical experience prepares students for the test for the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry list.  Class lectures and labs are given focus in the first 100 hours. Meanwhile, the last 68 hours are subdivided into written and skills final exam, clinical prep and orientation, clinical rotation, and mock competency. A hybrid of online and in-person sessions are also offered with 40 hours of instruction conducted online. This option is best suited for students with excellent computer and time management skills.

College of the Albemarle

96.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1208 N Road St, Elizabeth City, NC - 27906-2327
  • (252) 335-0821
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.30%
  • Programs: Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 79
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,228
  • Book and Supplies: $1,121
  • Percent Received Aid: 64%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,028
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 40%

College of the Albemarle (COA), located in Elizabeth City, is the state’s first community college. With more than 60 years of academic service, this college now has four campuses across seven counties. COA received an accreditation from SACSCOC to award associate degrees. In terms of accreditation, its ADN and LPN to ADN option is ACEN-accredited as well with continuing accreditation as the most recent decision.

Associate Degree Nursing - This program equips students with the skills needed for nursing care provision in various health care settings. Graduates can sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and can find employment opportunities in clinics, hospitals, community agencies, and long-term care facilities, among others. Moreover, graduates of this program are expected to demonstrate the competencies identified by the National Academy of Medicine, National League of Nursing and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN).

Practical Nursing - By incorporating nursing theory and practice, general education, and sciences, students in this program are equipped for their roles as entry-level LPNs.  With its foundation on collaborative learning, the curriculum is progressive, flexible, and sensitive to the ever-changing needs of the individual and the community, Program graduates can take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. Moreover, students with a previous enrollment in the ADN or PN program are eligible for the advanced placement in the PN program. LPNs can also pursue an ADN degree and meet the requirements for the NCLEX-RN and become registered nurses through the LPN-ADN option program. The said LPN-ADN option provides career and professional advancements.

Randolph Community College

96.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 629 Industrial Park Ave, Asheboro, NC - 27205
  • (336) 633-0200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 84
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,416
  • Book and Supplies: $8,146
  • Percent Received Aid: 74%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,352
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

Randolph Community College is located in Asheboro, North Carolina.  They offer a ADN program.  They also offer an RN to BSN Outreach Option, which is offered in conjunction with Winston-Salem University.  This allows students to be a student of Winston-Salem University, but take their classes (at least a portion of them) at Randolph Community College

Wayne Community College

96.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, NC - 27534-8002
  • (919) 735-5151
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 122
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,524
  • Book and Supplies: $1,600
  • Percent Received Aid: 73%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,558
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 48%

Stanly Community College

96.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC - 28001
  • (704) 982-0121
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 78
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,794
  • Book and Supplies: $1,364
  • Percent Received Aid: 66%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,619
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 39%

Stanly Community College is located in Albemarle, North Carolina.  They offer Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree nursing program.  They also offer a Nursing - Returning LPN program, which is a program that allows an LPN to earn their RN in two semesters.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Louise Harkey School of Nursing

95.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 401 Medical Park Drive, Concord, NC - 28025-3959
  • (704) 403-1555
Nurse Admin: Cris Eudy, DNP RN, FNR CNE
Title: Interim Chief Nurse Administrator
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 33
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,400
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,712
  • Percent Admitted: 35%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 8,025%

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is located within Carolinas Healthcare System.  The school educates a variety of healthcare professionals, from nurses to pharmacy technicians to occupational therapists.  The Louise Harkey School of Nursing offers an ADN program and a BSN program; the BSN program is specifically an RN to BSN program, allowing for a seamless transition to a bachelor's degree for its ADN graduates.

Gaston College

94.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 201 Hwy 321 S, Dallas, NC - 28034
  • (704) 922-6200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.30%
  • Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursingg, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 142
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,862
  • Book and Supplies: $1,460
  • Percent Received Aid: 67%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,401
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 33%

Gaston College is located in Dallas, North Carolina.  They offer a variety of nursing options - a practical nursing program, an ADN program, an LPN to ADN program and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is a pathway program that is designed in conjunction with various local universities, which makes the program more affordable to the student.

Sampson Community College

94.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • Highway 24 West, Clinton, NC - 28328-0318
  • (910) 592-8081
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 67
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,830
  • Book and Supplies: $2,289
  • Percent Received Aid: 93%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,962
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 49%

Sampson Community College is located in Clinton, North Carolina.  SCC offers several options for its nursing students; they offer a traditional ADN program.  They also offer an advanced placement option for LPNs into their ADN program.  Unique to their program is the LPN to RN program that is offered online.

Forsyth Technical Community College

94.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2100 Silas Creek Pky, Winston-Salem, NC - 27103-5197
  • (336) 723-0371
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.30%
  • Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursingg, Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 219
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,152
  • Book and Supplies: $1,700
  • Percent Received Aid: 93%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,270
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Forsyth Technical Community College is a public educational institution in Winston-Salem offering vocational instruction, two-year programs, and college transfers, among others. This SACSCOC-accredited college was founded in 1960 and was initially called Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Industrial Education Center. The College’s Associate Degree in Nursing and Practical Nursing diploma programs under its Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing are accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA).

Associate Degree Nursing - This traditional 5-semester ADN program equips students with the knowledge, strategies, and skills needed for provision of nursing care to clients across their lifespan. Aside from lecture, mode of instruction includes skills lab and clinical practice. Students also have the option to be dually enrolled in an ADN and BSN program through the ADN/BSN Dual Enrollment Option (RIBN). For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), an LPN to ADN transition option is also available allowing them to obtain an ADN degree in just 3 semesters. Program graduates can sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Practical Nursing Diploma - By building on the domains of healthcare, the holistic individual, and nursing practice, students are equipped with the competencies needed for safe, quality, evidence-based, and individualized nursing care. Program graduates can sit in the NCLEX-PN and practice as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) after passing the said exam. Forsyth provides an opportunity for students to enroll in the BSN program while concurrently enrolled in the LPN program through the LPN to BSN Dual Enrollment Option (RIBN).

Mayland Community College

94.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine, NC - 28777
  • (828) 765-7351
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 30
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,561
  • Book and Supplies: $1,193
  • Percent Received Aid: 88%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,758
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb University

93.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • Main St, Boiling Springs, NC - 28017-0997
  • (704) 406-2361
Nurse Admin: Tracy Arnold, DNP, RN
Title: Dean, Hunt School of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.70%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership, Nurse Educator, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Associate, Bachelor, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 149
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,850
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $20,269
  • Percent Admitted: 78%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 11%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%

Gardner-Webb University is located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. The Hunt School of Nursing has had an ASN program since 1965 and has expanded to include a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program, an RN to BSN program, an MSN program, with concentrations in education and administration, and a DNP program with concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and leadership.

Its Hunt School of Nursing offers comprehensive nursing programs which allows a seamless progression. Service learning is embedded in the curriculum through the university’s partnership with community healthcare facilities. Moreover, its nursing programs are student-centered which are tailored to the national competencies of nursing practice. Aside from its baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs, the university also offers dual degree, nursing certificates and post-doctoral certificates.

Associate of Science in Nursing - Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to become a Registered Nurse (RN), this on-campus program can be completed in two years or five semesters. Moreover, an Advanced Placement Program option is offered which allows program completion in just three semesters. Graduates can sit in the NCLEX-RN.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - With required 129 hours, this traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate program can be completed in four years. Program graduates are fully-equipped to sit in the NCLEX-RN and fulfill the roles as registered nurses.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) - This fast-track program combines a student's previous courses in his/her baccalaureate degree with the curriculum’s nursing core. Hands-on experiences are given emphasis through simulations and preceptorships at community clinical sites. It is a full-time, face-to-face program, and is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Davis RN–BSN)- Offered online, this program is designed for registered nurses who would like to obtain a BSN degree. With the university’s articulation agreement, students who completed an ADN degree in NC community college may earn a BSN in Gardner-Webb University in as little as 1 year.

Master of Science in Nursing -This program allows direct entry for BSN students in the university who graduated within the previous year. The Nursing Administration and Nursing Education tracks require a project or thesis before completion.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - This DNP program is composed of an online coursework and a practicum experience in chosen healthcare facility. Students can choose among three areas of concentration—Post-MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

South Piedmont Community College

93.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 680 Highway 74 West, Polkton, NC - 28135
  • (704) 272-5300
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 78
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,015
  • Book and Supplies: $1,404
  • Percent Received Aid: 66%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,106
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 22%

Blue Ridge Community College

93.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC - 28731-4728
  • (828) 694-1700
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 64
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,651
  • Book and Supplies: $1,682
  • Percent Received Aid: 86%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,262
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 53%

Mitchell Community College

92.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 500 W Broad Street, Statesville, NC - 28677
  • (704) 878-3200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 79
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,651
  • Book and Supplies: $1,690
  • Percent Received Aid: 80%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,760
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

Mitchell Community College is a two-year public, learning-center institution in Statesville. With more than 150 years of service to Iredell County, the college now holds an accreditation from SACSCOC to award diplomas, degrees, and certificates. The college’s teaching philosophy is firmly grounded on contextual teaching and learning. Its Associate Degree Nursing and Paramedic to RN Bridge Program are both accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) - This program places emphasis on the nurse’s roles as part of an interdisciplinary team who are capable of providing safe and individualized care. A concept-based model is used in delivering the curriculum; hence, students are expected to have electronic mobile devices and reliable internet connectivity. Admission is competitive because of lesser space availability compared to the number of applicants. A Paramedic to Associate Degree Nursing A.A.S Degree is also offered. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Paramedic to RN Bridge Program - This Paramedic to RN Bridge Program is delivered not purely online mode.  It has an in-person component. Students have the opportunity to learn from the state-of-the-art facility of the college, the Mitchell Community College Center for Simulation Education (CSE). The center includes facilities and equipment for interprofessional education such as high-fidelity adult, and newborn manikins.  Admission requirements upon enrollment include a current CPR certification from the American Heart Association at the BLS Provider level, among others. Program graduates are eligible to sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Western Piedmont Community College

92.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1001 Burkemont Ave, Morganton, NC - 28655-4511
  • (828) 448-3500
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 67
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,630
  • Book and Supplies: $1,400
  • Percent Received Aid: 82%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,190
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 41%

Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) in Morganton is one of the members of the North Carolina Community College System. WPCC is SACSCOC-accredited to award associate degrees. Moreover, its Associate Degree Nursing is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Western Piedmont Foundation, Incorporated is a non-profit fund-raising organization that provides support and funding for the college.

 Associate Degree Nursing – This ADN program is designed to fully-equip students with the competencies needed for safe, quality, evidence-based and individualized nursing care. Program graduates can sit in the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Aside from this program’s ACEN accreditation, it is also approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Admission is competitive, with students required to complete and submit the requirements prior to being considered for admission. Moreover, a co-admission program allows seamless transfer for students from WPCC to the Appalachian State University. To be eligible for this Aspire Appalachian pathway program, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better and must have completed any of the following: Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), or an approved Associated in Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Central Carolina Community College

92.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, NC - 27330-9840
  • (919) 775-5401
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 169
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,554
  • Book and Supplies: $1,460
  • Percent Received Aid: 82%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,207
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) has multiple locations in various counties in North Carolina - Chatham County, Harnett County and Lee County.  The Louise L. Tuller School of Nursing offers a practical nursing program and an RN program.  CCCC also has an articulation agreement with the University of North Carolina, which allows students an affordable way to earn their BSN after graduation.

Richmond Community College

92.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1042 W Hamlet Ave, Hamlet, NC - 28345-1189
  • (910) 410-1700
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 99
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,536
  • Book and Supplies: $1,500
  • Percent Received Aid: 97%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,090
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 40%

Brunswick Community College

92.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 50 College Rd, Bolivia, NC - 28422-9021
  • (910) 755-7300
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 46
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,532
  • Book and Supplies: $1,938
  • Percent Received Aid: 82%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,652
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 37%

Brunswick Community College is located in Bolivia, North Carolina.  BCC offers a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  Their ADN program requires that its students complete a certified nursing aide (CNA) certification or have their LPN prior to enrollment in the program.

Sandhills Community College

92.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3395 Airport Rd, Pinehurst, NC - 28374
  • (910) 692-6185
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 115
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,764
  • Book and Supplies: $2,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 86%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,229
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 40%

Sandhills Community College is located in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  They offer an ADN program.  They have very specific requirements for their nursing program and everything must be completed according to their stages.  In addition, they require that their students obtain their certified nurses aide (CNA) certification prior to enrollment in the program.

Lenoir Community College

91.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 231 Highway 58 South, Kinston, NC - 28504
  • (252) 527-6223
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 135
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,568
  • Book and Supplies: $1,800
  • Percent Received Aid: 79%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,890
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

Lenoir Community College is located in Kinston, North Carolina.  LCC offers a practical nursing program, an ADN program and they also offer an advanced placement option for LPNs.  They offer a traditional program and also an evening program, making it easier for the working nurse to further their education.

James Sprunt Community College

90.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 133 James Sprunt Drive, Kenansville, NC - 28349
  • (910) 296-2400
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 36
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,570
  • Book and Supplies: $2,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 88%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,241
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

James Sprunt Community College is located in Kenansville, North Carolina.  They offer both a practical nursing degree and an associate's RN degree.  Students are accepted into the ADN program based on a points system; students can earn more points based on having a prior bachelor's degree or healthcare experience, such as working as an LPN, paramedic, nurses aide, or a surgical tech.

Johnston Community College

90.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 245 College Road, Smithfield, NC - 27577-2350
  • (919) 934-3051
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.30%
  • Programs: Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 136
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,657
  • Book and Supplies: $1,537
  • Percent Received Aid: 69%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,397
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 37%

Johnston Community College (JCC) in Smithfield is an institution offering life-long educational opportunities. JCC is one of the members of the North Carolina Community College System. The college has several campuses and centers in the country including the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, Cleveland Center, and the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center.

Associate Degree Nursing - This program builds on the student’s current knowledge and skills to equip them for safe, quality, evidence-based and individualized nursing care. It received an accreditation from ACEN. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon passing the licensing exam, they can work in various health care settings.

Nurse Aide Certification - This program is designed to prepare students for their roles are Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) or Nurse Aide I. With classes offered in days, evenings, and Friday and Saturdays, it can be completed in 12-16 weeks. This Nurse Aide I Course consists of a State Approved Basic Personal Care Course of 160 hours. The training curriculum provides insight on patient care which is beneficial for students planning to pursue a career in health sciences, sonography, or nursing. Moreover, this certification program provides eligibility to sit in the North Carolina State Certification Exam for the Nurse Aide Registry.

Practical Nursing - JCC’s Practical Nursing Program has an approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON).  By building upon healthcare domains and nursing practice, students are fully-equipped to not only provide safe and quality nursing care, but individualized and evidence-based as well. Program graduates can sit in the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) and practice as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs).

Piedmont Community College

90.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1715 College Dr, Roxboro, NC - 27573
  • (336) 599-1181
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 46
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,551
  • Book and Supplies: $1,950
  • Percent Received Aid: 77%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,915
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 37%

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

90.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 109 Community College Rd, Ahoskie, NC - 27910-9522
  • (252) 862-1200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 90.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 22
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,642
  • Book and Supplies: $2,500
  • Percent Received Aid: 67%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: N/A
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 23%

Surry Community College

90.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 630 S. Main St., Dobson, NC - 27017-8432
  • (336) 386-8121
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 90.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, LPN to BSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 95
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,663
  • Book and Supplies: $1,700
  • Percent Received Aid: 78%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,883
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

Located in Dobson, Surry Community College (SCC) is a two-year public comprehensive educational institution serving the Surry and Yadkin counties since 1964. With an open-door admissions policy, this college does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. In terms of accreditation, it received an accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, certificates, and associate degrees.

Associate Degree Nursing (LPN-ADN) - With a total of 48 credit hours to graduate, this degree program equips students with the competencies needed to provide safe and quality nursing care. It is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (ADN) who would like to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Evidence-based practice, informatics, quality improvement, and individualized care are given emphasis in the curriculum. Classes are held on-campus. Program graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Nursing: LPN-BSN RIBN Collaborative - Surry Community College in collaboration with Lees-McRae College (LMC) offers a dual enrollment program for students taking on-campus SCC classes and online LMC sessions. Upon completing the second year of the program, students can sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and practice as RNs while also continuing online nursing courses at LMC. This collaborative program allows for an affordable and accessible path towards obtaining an LPN and BSN degree.

Workforce Certificate Programs - SCC also offers Nurse Aide (CNA) Level I and II workforce certificate programs. The former is a 188-hour course. Completion of the certificate program and the certification exam provides eligibility to be listed in the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation Nurse Aide I Registry. Meanwhile, the Nurse Aide (CNA) Level II is a 192-hour on campus course. Upon completion of level II, students will be listed with the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Moreover, a Nurse Aide Refresher program is also available designed to provide review for the core content in the Nurse Aide I. The said review program requires at least 40-hour completion.

Durham Technical Community College

89.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC - 27703-5023
  • (919) 536-7200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 134
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,958
  • Book and Supplies: $1,300
  • Percent Received Aid: 88%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,443
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 19%

Robeson Community College

89.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 5160 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton, NC - 28360
  • (910) 272-3700
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 78
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,563
  • Book and Supplies: $1,650
  • Percent Received Aid: 89%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,781
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

Robeson Community College is located in Lumberton, North Carolina.  RCC offers an 2 ADN options - a general ADN option and a premajor nursing option.  The premajor option allows the student to take university credits in preparation for a BSN degree after graduation from RCC, which will transfer to a variety of North Carolina universities.

Carteret Community College

89.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC - 28557
  • (252) 222-6000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 63
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,610
  • Book and Supplies: $1,250
  • Percent Received Aid: 49%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,364
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

Carteret Community College is located in Morehead City, North Carolina.  CCC offers a practical nursing program and an RN program.  They use a "points system" in deciding who gets in to their program and students with prior healthcare experience, such as LPNs, respiratory therapists, paramedics, and CNAs get extra points.

Guilford Technical Community College

89.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, NC - 27282
  • (336) 334-4822
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 287
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,289
  • Book and Supplies: $826
  • Percent Received Aid: 79%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,163
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 27%

Catawba Valley Community College

88.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2550 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC - 28602-0699
  • (828) 327-7000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 143
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,367
  • Book and Supplies: $1,900
  • Percent Received Aid: 76%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,346
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 37%

Wilkes Community College

88.70% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1328 South Collegiate Dr, Wilkesboro, NC - 28697
  • (336) 838-6100
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.70%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 103
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,572
  • Book and Supplies: $1,700
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,602
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 38%

Wilkes Community College is located in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.  They offer an ADN program.  Unique to their program is that students must complete their certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification prior to enrollment in the program.  They also offer a dual enrollment option with Lenoir-Rhyne University, through the Hickory Collaborative RIBN, which allows students to simultaneously earn their ADN and BSN degrees.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

86.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC - 28801-4897
  • (828) 254-1921
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 167
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,632
  • Book and Supplies: $2,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 71%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,656
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 32%

Rockingham Community College

86.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 215 Wrenn Memorial Road, Wentworth, NC - 27375
  • (336) 342-4261
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 58
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,966
  • Book and Supplies: $1,500
  • Percent Received Aid: 74%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,462
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 27%

Pitt Community College

86.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1986 Pitt Tech Road, Winterville, NC - 28590
  • (252) 493-7200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 185
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,940
  • Book and Supplies: $1,500
  • Percent Received Aid: 81%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,083
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 23%

Best BSN Programs in North Carolina

Western Carolina University

School of Nursing

99.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • Highway 107, Cullowhee, NC - 28723-9646
  • (828) 227-7100
Nurse Admin: Terrica Durbin, DNP, PhD, CRNA, APRN
Title: Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 99.33%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 544
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,367
  • Book and Supplies: $621
  • Percent Received Aid: 85%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,641
  • Percent Admitted: 48%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 25%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%

Located in Cullowhee, Western Carolina University (WCU) is a four-year public university which aims to incorporate research, service, engagement, and teaching in its learning opportunities. The school offers nationally ranked, accredited, affordable undergraduate and graduate programs at WCU’s main campus in Cullowhee, NC, at Asheville instructional site, and online. Students have access to state-of-the-art classroom and lab space as well as opportunities for hands-on experience through on and off-site clinical partnerships and service learning programs. This regional institution of higher education has a student to faculty ratio of 17:1. Its School of Nursing under the College of Health and Human Sciences provides students with hands-on-experiences through its state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom.

Their nursing department offers a pre-licensure BSN program, an accelerated BSN program (allowing a student with a prior bachelor's degree to obtain a BSN degree) and an RN to BSN program, which is an online program. Their programs are also offered at Biltmore Park Towne Square in Asheville, North Carolina; this location offers only a selection of majors, nursing being one of the few.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - By building on the prerequisite courses taken prior to program admission, this program prepares students for their roles as registered nurses. Included in this 8-semester program are traditional lecture courses and clinical instructions conducted in various healthcare agencies and institutions in the area. The latter begins as early as the student's first semester in the program. Graduates are eligible to sit in the NCLEX-RN.

Online RN to BSN - With accreditation from CCNE and approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing, this program is designed for Registered Nurses who would like to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Because it has a completely online mode of instruction, students can work while concurrently enrolled in the program. This RN to BSN program can be completed in just 4 semesters, leading to a BSN degree. 

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) - This ABSN program allows students with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees to earn a BSN degree in four continuous semesters. Due to its flexible curriculum format, students can work part-time while being enrolled in the program. Upon program completion, students can sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

WNC RIBN Program - This program allows dual enrollment to any area community college and in WCU. Upon completion of the first three years in the community college, students can finish their fourth year in WCU through online classes. This provides a seamless transition from an ADN to a BSN degree.

Masters of Science in Nursing - The MSN degree at WCU is available in two tracks—Nurse Educator and Nurse Leadership. Either of the tracks can be completed in 18 months for a full-time study. Students are equipped with both academic and field-based experiences. The program is offered 100% online to cater to working individuals.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN) - Offered completely online, this practice-focused DNP program is geared to prepare graduates for nursing practice at the highest level of their specialty. This 34-credit hours program builds upon the student’s previous theoretical and clinical knowledge.

DNP Nurse Anesthesia- With two tracks available—Nurse Anesthesia and Family Nurse Practitioner, this BSN to DNP program can be completed in 36 months. The 36-month completion requires a full-time study.  

 

East Carolina University

College of Nursing

97.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • East 5th Street, Greenville, NC - 27858-4353
  • (252) 328-6131
Nurse Admin: Bimbola Akintade, PhD, MHA, NEA-BC, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.00%
  • Programs: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Award Levels: APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1656
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,297
  • Book and Supplies: $1,546
  • Percent Received Aid: 81%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,722
  • Percent Admitted: 88%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 23%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%

East Carolina University (ECU) has been in existence since 1908, when it broke ground as a teachers training institution. ECU is a SACSCOC-accredited university in Greenville. Its College of Nursing prepares students for informed treatment option articulation and direct expert care provision. In partnership with several colleges, an RIBN program is available, allowing students to be dually enrolled in ECU and any local community college for completion of both Associate and Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - This program prepares students for roles as healthcare providers, coordinators and managers. Composed of general education and professional nursing courses, it can be completed in four years and one summer semester. Clinical experiences are conducted in various community agencies including hospitals, private homes, and clinics.

RN to BSN - Designed for registered nurses to seamlessly pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing, this online RN to BSN program can be completed in four semesters (16 months). This CCNE-accredited program provides students with a personalized learning experience. Classes are conducted fully online with a supportive online community. An early assurance pathway is also available to ensure a seat in the RN to BSN program upon ADN completion.

Accelerated Second-Degree BSN (ABSN) - This program allows students with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees to obtain a BSN degree in just 12 months. The 12-month completion requires full-time study. Program completers are eligible to sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Masters of Science in Nursing - Students in this program are prepared for science and nursing integration, and knowledge application in dynamic environments. Seven tracks for advanced practice roles are available.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Taught by doctorly-prepared faculty, this program provides personalized mentorship for students. The curriculum is interprofessional, preparing students for the healthcare future. In order to validate didactic learning, the curriculum includes laboratory simulations and standardized patient experiences.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) - This PhD in Nursing program equips students for their roles in advancing the foundation of health care through research and scholarly works. Students are prepared to make a contribution and formulate new nursing theories.

 

Appalachian State University

Department of Nursing

95.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 287 Rivers St, Boone, NC - 28608
  • (828) 262-2000
Nurse Admin: Kathleen M. Rayman, PhD, RN
Title: Department Chairperson
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.33%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1039
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,410
  • Book and Supplies: $800
  • Percent Received Aid: 68%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,130
  • Percent Admitted: 80%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 27%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%

Located in Boone, Appalachian State University is a premier public educational institution in the state. This undergraduate university values inclusion and holistic growth. It was founded in 1899, and currently holds an accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its Department of Nursing has a broad in-depth curriculum molding graduates to apply the educational research and principles in their nursing practice.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Established in 2010, this 126-credit hour program is designed to equip future generalist registered nurses.  Graduates of this CCNE-accredited pre-licensure program are eligible to sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and practice as entry-level nurses.

RN to BSN - This program is tailored for Registered Nurses with a Diploma in Nursing or ADN degree who would like to pursue a BSN degree. Delivered in an online distance education format, it is guided by the core content of The Essentials of Bachelor's Education in Nursing.  Various online strategies are used in lesson delivery including case study analyses, scholarly papers, and projects.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Designed for registered nurses, this MSN program with concentration in nursing education is geared to prepare them for their roles as nurse educators in various settings. With an online distance mode of instruction, the program takes 24 months of completion for a part-time study.  Program graduates of this CCNE-accredited program can sit in the Certified Nurse Educator exam.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School of Nursing

95.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC - 27599
  • (919) 962-2211
Nurse Admin: Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RNI CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.33%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Leadership, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 4545
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $9,028
  • Book and Supplies: $1,002
  • Percent Received Aid: 64%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $15,936
  • Percent Admitted: 25%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 43%
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The school is the nation’s first public university. Its School of Nursing which was established in 1950, offers a variety of programs to cater to students of various nursing career stages. It houses the Education Innovation Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE) to equip students with practical learning experiences. The EISLE has 22 full body mannequins and 12 human patient simulators. UNC offers a bachelor's degree. Unique to their program is the RN to MSN option that they offer, in addition to various other graduate and doctoral options. UNC's BSN program originated in 1950, and was the first baccalaureate nursing program in North Carolina. They were also the first to offer an MSN program in North Carolina, in 1955.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - This BSN program has three options of study—the traditional BSN track, Accelerated Track, and the Military Pathway. The traditional track is a pre-licensure program designed for students with no prior undergraduate degree. The accelerated track is a four-semester option for students with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. Meanwhile, the latter is for Armed Forces Veterans who would like to obtain a BSN degree. Students are immersed in clinical instruction as early as the first semester in the program. An intensive capstone is also included in their final year.

MSN Health Care Leadership and Administration - Designed to equip students with the competencies for developing, implementing and measuring innovation impacts in care delivery, this program can be completed in full-time or part-time options. The full-time option allows a five-semester completion, while the latter requires three years to complete. Curriculum delivery is through on-campus immersion and online sessions with synchronous and asynchronous learning components.

MSN to DNP - Two entry options are offered in the MSN to DNP program. The first one is for the master’s prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, and the other is for BSN-prepared nurses who possess a master’s degree in a health-related MHA, MBA, or MPH program. Curriculum delivery is through on-campus immersions as well as online coursework. Students can take the program either in part-time or full-time study.

BSN to DNP Healthcare Leadership and Administration - With fully-online coursework, this program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for leadership positions in health care settings. Part-time and full-time study options are available with asynchronous and synchronous learning components.

Duke University

Duke Regional Hospital

95.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC - 27708
  • (919) 684-8111
Nurse Admin: Yolanda Neal, DNR RN, NEA-BC
Title: President, Watts College of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.33%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 5495
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,434
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 63%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $48,351
  • Percent Admitted: 8%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 51%
  • Graduation Rate: 96%

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina. The Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is unique in that their only BSN program is an accelerated BSN (ABSN) - it is designed for adult learners with a prior bachelors degree.  DUSON's primary focus is on educating nurses to advanced degrees; in fact, aside from the ABSN degree students, they graduated their last BSN students in 1983. This non-profit educational institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).  Its School of Nursing is composed of scholars and clinicians who aim to produce transformational leaders in nursing. Moreover, its ABSN and MSN programs are CCNE-accredited.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing - This 16-month second degree program is designed for students who have a non-nursing undergraduate degree. It requires a full-time campus-based study with 800 hours of clinical hours. In terms of hands-on experiences, students have the opportunity to learn in the sole accredited healthcare simulation education facility in North Carolina. Program graduates can sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - With distance-based mode of instruction, this program has 11 majors. Eight of which are advanced practice while three are non-clinical majors. The online delivery allows for limited on-campus sessions, requiring only 4-to-5-day intensives.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - This program is designed for advanced practice nursing master’s degree holders or post-BSN students. Because of the flexible schedule, students can be employed while enrolled in the program. Moreover, it is taught by faculty with a wide array of experiences in leadership, clinical practice, and patient safety.

PhD Program in Nursing - By building on prior knowledge and skills, this program prepares students for contributing new knowledge in the areas of care systems and chronic illness. Only a small number of qualified students are admitted in order for them to work closely with faculty member/s. Curriculum is a blend of mentored experiences and formal coursework.

Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb University

94.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • Main St, Boiling Springs, NC - 28017-0997
  • (704) 406-2361
Nurse Admin: Tracy Arnold, DNP, RN
Title: Dean, Hunt School of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.00%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership, Nurse Educator, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Associate, Bachelor, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 149
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,850
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $20,269
  • Percent Admitted: 78%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 11%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%

Gardner-Webb University is located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. The Hunt School of Nursing has had an ASN program since 1965 and has expanded to include a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program, an RN to BSN program, an MSN program, with concentrations in education and administration, and a DNP program with concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and leadership.

Its Hunt School of Nursing offers comprehensive nursing programs which allows a seamless progression. Service learning is embedded in the curriculum through the university’s partnership with community healthcare facilities. Moreover, its nursing programs are student-centered which are tailored to the national competencies of nursing practice. Aside from its baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs, the university also offers dual degree, nursing certificates and post-doctoral certificates.

Associate of Science in Nursing - Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to become a Registered Nurse (RN), this on-campus program can be completed in two years or five semesters. Moreover, an Advanced Placement Program option is offered which allows program completion in just three semesters. Graduates can sit in the NCLEX-RN.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - With required 129 hours, this traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate program can be completed in four years. Program graduates are fully-equipped to sit in the NCLEX-RN and fulfill the roles as registered nurses.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) - This fast-track program combines a student's previous courses in his/her baccalaureate degree with the curriculum’s nursing core. Hands-on experiences are given emphasis through simulations and preceptorships at community clinical sites. It is a full-time, face-to-face program, and is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Davis RN–BSN)- Offered online, this program is designed for registered nurses who would like to obtain a BSN degree. With the university’s articulation agreement, students who completed an ADN degree in NC community college may earn a BSN in Gardner-Webb University in as little as 1 year.

Master of Science in Nursing -This program allows direct entry for BSN students in the university who graduated within the previous year. The Nursing Administration and Nursing Education tracks require a project or thesis before completion.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - This DNP program is composed of an online coursework and a practicum experience in chosen healthcare facility. Students can choose among three areas of concentration—Post-MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

University of North Carolina Wilmington

School of Nursing

93.67% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC - 28403-5963
  • (910) 962-3000
Nurse Admin: Dr. Matthew Gallek, PhD, RN
Title: Interim Chief Nurse
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.67%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 730
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,238
  • Book and Supplies: $1,130
  • Percent Received Aid: 72%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,744
  • Percent Admitted: 68%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 22%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%

Named after its location, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is a SACSCOC-accredited four-year public educational institution. They offer a prelicensure BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is offered online.  The RN to BSN program has six start-times throughout the year, making it a desirable option for the working nurse. Its School of Nursing (SON) under the College of Health and Human Services has CCNE-accredited programs. Moreover, the SON offers a Simulation Learning Center (SLC) which utilizes low, medium and high-fidelity human patient simulators. This center provides a realistic environment for optimum learning experience.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Two entry points are available at UNCW to obtain a BSN degree. The pre-licensure option is designed for students with no prior baccalaureate degree, and are seeking to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Meanwhile, the second entry track is through the RN-BSN option. This option allows registered nurses with a nursing diploma or associate degree to obtain a BSN degree through online delivery. The said option can be completed in as few as 12 months. The BSN program aims to produce generalist nurses who can provide a family-centered professional nursing care to fit the ever-changing healthcare delivery system.

Master’s of Science in Nursing - The MSN has two tracks of specialization- the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the Nurse Educator. The former track is offered primarily online with a curriculum composed of clinical education and advanced theory. Program graduates can sit in the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam for FNPs. Meanwhile, the Nurse Educator program, which can be completed in as few as 12 months prepares nurses to influence the field of education through nursing. The program is offered completely online.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - With program completion of five to 14 semesters, this DNP program is a practice-focused doctoral degree designed for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). The said program completion varies on the option of study taken—either part-time or full time.

 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

School of Nursing

93.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC - 28223-0001
  • (704) 687-2000
Nurse Admin: Susan M. McLennon, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CHPN
Title: Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.33%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: APRN Certificate, Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1136
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,188
  • Book and Supplies: $1,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 74%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,347
  • Percent Admitted: 80%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 25%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte is a four-year public urban research university. Its School of Nursing under the College of Health and Human Services produces graduates who are equipped to practice in various health care settings.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Upper Division Nursing Major - Designed to produce generalist nurses who can function in various care settings, this program can be completed in four years. Upon program completion, graduates can sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. The curriculum includes liberal arts, sciences, and generalist nursing education. An RN to BSN pathway is also available. For both the Upper Division and RN to BSN programs, the BSN degree requires at least 120 credit hours.

Master of Science in Nursing - This program is geared towards producing graduates who are fully-equipped for advanced practice in clinical nursing, or Systems/Populations nursing. For the former, focuses are: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Practitioner (AGACNP). Both are two-year programs. Meanwhile, the Systems/Population concentration includes, Nurse Administrator, Community/Public Health Nursing, and Nurse Educator.

Graduate/ Post Graduate APRN Certificates - UNC Charlotte’s School of Nursing offers two types of certificates—the graduate certificate and the post graduate certificate. The available graduate certificates are Nurse Administration, Nursing Educator, and Applied Nursing Informatics which is the latest addition to the tracks. For the post-graduate, APRN certificates offered are Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - This terminal practice degree in Nursing prepares students for the highest clinical level by building on the student's prior knowledge. Students are also trained to provide leadership in dynamic healthcare systems. The program also places emphasis on evidence-based practice gained from research findings. Two specializations are offered for the DNP program—the BSN to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia Across the Lifespan and the Post-Master's DNP.

Barton College

School of Nursing

93.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 200 E. ACC Drive, Wilson, NC - 27893-7000
  • (252) 399-6300
Nurse Admin: Sharon Isenhour Shephard, PhD, RN
Title: Professor and Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 65
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $500
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $21,762
  • Percent Admitted: 42%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 17%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%

Pfeiffer University

Nursing Department

92.67% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 48380 US Hwy 52N, Misenheimer, NC - 28109-0960
  • (704) 463-1360
Nurse Admin: Martha H. Bramlett, PhD, RN
Title: Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.67%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 88
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,500
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $24,617
  • Percent Admitted: 76%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 13%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

Lenoir-Rhyne University

School of Nursing

91.67% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 625 7th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC - 28601
  • (828) 328-1741
Nurse Admin: Kerry C- Thompson, PhD, RN
Title: Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.67%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 140
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,360
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $29,998
  • Percent Admitted: 77%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 10%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%

With its main campus located in Hickory, Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, liberal arts university. This private educational institution has a student to faculty ratio of 13:1. Its School of Nursing, which started in 1910, is the state’s oldest nursing program. Its nursing programs are grounded on the liberal arts and Christian faith. Moreover, its MSN and DNP programs are CCNE-accredited. In terms of student involvement, the university has societies and organizations such as the Mu Alpha, Honor Society of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - In order to obtain a BSN degree, two pathways are offered at LR. The RN to BSN route can be completed in around three to four semesters for students who possess an associate degree in nursing. Meanwhile, the other option is through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate prepared Nurses (RIBN). This pathway allows dual enrollment at LU and another area community college.

Master of Science in Nursing - This MSN program is offered in two tracks of concentrations—nursing education and nursing administration with 39 and 33 credit hours, respectively. This allows customization to fit the student’s goals, preparing them for roles as nurse educators or nurse administrators. Moreover, to ensure flexibility, the program is offered fully online and can be completed on a part-time or full-time study.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - With an aim to develop doctorly-prepared nurses, this DNP program is offered in two tracks. The BSN to DNP track builds on student’s baccalaureate nursing skills, preparing them for their roles as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The other track, the Post-Master’s DNP program builds on the skills acquired from the student’s MSN degree. To offer flexibility, most of the coursework is done in a highly-interactive online class

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

School of Nursing

91.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • One University Drive, Pembroke, NC - 28372-1510
  • (910) 521-6000
Nurse Admin: Jennifer M. Wells, PhD, RN
Title: Interim Chair and Associate Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.33%
  • Programs: CNL, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 315
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,495
  • Book and Supplies: $1,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 92%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,831
  • Percent Admitted: 91%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 20%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%

University of North Carolina at Pembroke is located in Pembroke, North Carolina.  UNC Pembroke was founded in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School and educated American Indian teachers. Presently, UNCP caters to a diverse student body. The university’s curriculum is founded in the liberal arts. UNCP’s McKenzie-Elliott School of Nursing under the College of Health Sciences offers a traditional pre-licensure BSN program, an RN to BSN program, and MSN programs. They also partner with local community colleges in the RIBN program.

Traditional Prelicensure BSN Program - With two phases, this program can be completed in 4 academic years. The first phase is the 58-semester lower-division work inclusive of nursing prerequisites and liberal arts. The second phase is the 62-semester upper-division work which places emphasis in the nursing major. The said phase is taken during the student’s junior and senior years in the department. Upon completion of the first and second phase, students are conferred a BSN degree and are eligible to sit in the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

RN to BSN Program - With all nursing courses offered completely online, this completion option is designed for RNs who would like to obtain a BSN degree. The curriculum builds on the RNs competencies earned from his/her previous degree. Sessions are eight-week long and can be completed in 12 months or two years for an accelerated and part-time plan of study, respectively.

Graduate MSN Programs - Tailored for RNs with a baccalaureate degree, this MSN program is delivered in a blended format—majority of online coursework with face-to-face sessions.  Available tracks are: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, and Clinical Prevention and Population Health. Program can be completed in as few as two years through an individualized plan of study for full-time students. A part-time study plan is available as well.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Nursing

90.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1400 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC - 27402-6170
  • (336) 334-5000
Nurse Admin: Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, ANEF, FAAN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 90.00%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, BSN to DNP, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 888
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,468
  • Book and Supplies: $1,000
  • Percent Received Aid: 87%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,451
  • Percent Admitted: 88%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 28%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%

Located at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is the largest state university in the Triad. This four-year public university has served the area for more than 125 years. The curriculum places emphasis on a learner-centered environment. Its BSN, MSN and DNP programs under the School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Designed to prepare graduates for the NCLEX-RN and for their roles as entry-level nurses, this BSN program can be completed in four academic years and one summer. Degree components include Nursing Cognate Requirements, Minerva Academic Curriculum (MAC), upper division major courses, and electives. The program is rigorous with competitive admission.

RN to BSN - This program provides registered nurses an opportunity to obtain their BSN degree. Coursework can be done in a part-time study plan. A cohort sequence is also available, allowing students to complete the required nursing courses in three semesters. Moreover, a Veterans Access Program (VAPS) is offered for medically-trained veterans for them to have access in an innovative educational program towards gaining a BSN. The Active-Duty Military BSN program is also designed for active-duty military accepted in the commissioning program.

Master of Science in Nursing - With concentrations in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership and Management, this MSN program can be completed online. The fully online format is designed for working RNs. The Nursing Education concentration is designed for a part-time study that concludes with a capstone course. Meanwhile, the Nursing Leadership and Management concentration requires 504 clinical hours. This MSN program is accredited by CCNE.

Master of Science in Nursing/ Master of Business Administration in Health Management - This Dual-degree program is offered jointly with the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics. With on-campus and online classwork, this program will develop students’ nursing and business skills in healthcare leadership. 

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Delivered in hybrid program with online classes and on-campus sessions, this DNP program has available concentrations in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, and Nurse Anesthesia. The former is accredited by Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Classes are small with opportunity for experiential work.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing - With all courses offered fully-online, this certificate program has three areas of concentration—Advanced Practice Foundations, Advanced Nursing Education, and Nursing Leadership and Management. A completion of at least 10-15 credit hours in the 2-year period is required in order to earn a certificate. Moreover, earned credits may be used in meeting the degree program requirements.

Queens University of Charlotte

Presbyterian School of Nursing

89.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC - 28274-0001
  • (704) 337-2200
Nurse Admin: Sheryl Cornelius, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Title: Director and Associate Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.00%
  • Programs: CNL, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, MSN, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 131
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 99%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $21,940
  • Percent Admitted: 68%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 14%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%

Named after its location, Queens University of Charlotte is a coeducational private university. This master’s level educational institution was founded in 1857. With a foundation on the liberal arts, this university puts emphasis on collaborative and active learning. The Queens Presbyterian School of Nursing is conveniently located near the two premier healthcare systems of the state. Students also have the opportunity to learn hands-on experiences through its Hunt Nursing Simulation Center with the guidance of award-winning faculty. Moreover, the university’s BSN and MSN degrees are CCNE-accredited.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - To cater to a student’s various academic attainments, this BSN degree has three entry tracks. The traditional, Accelerated and RN-BSN track. The traditional and accelerated tracks can be completed in four and three semesters, respectively. The RN to BSN option is conducted online. Program admission is competitive.

Master of Science in Nursing - Designed for nurses who would like to specialize in their practice, this MSN program is available in two flexible pathways—the BSN to MSN and the RN to MSN. Registered nurses with an active license and who possess an associate degree may obtain an MSN degree in just over two years. The program has four distinct tracks allowing students to customize their course with respect to their career goals. The four tracks offered are: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics. These tracks are also available as post-master’s certificates for nurses who already have an MSN degree. The said post-master’s certificate takes two or three semesters to complete.

Accelerated BSN - Open only to students who currently hold a bachelor’s degree, this program starts in the summer (mid-May) and takes three semesters to complete - summer, fall and spring (one year).

 

Fayetteville State University

School of Nursing

88.33% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, NC - 28301-4298
  • (910) 672-1111
Nurse Admin: Jennifer Johnson Edwards, DNP, RN, WHNP
Title: Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Assistant Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.33%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 266
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $5,379
  • Book and Supplies: $420
  • Percent Received Aid: 92%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,629
  • Percent Admitted: 79%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 20%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

With more than 150 years of educational service, Fayetteville State University is a public comprehensive university in Fayetteville. The university aims to advance knowledge by integrating teaching, learning public service, and research. Its School of Nursing under the College of Health, Science, and Technology (CHST) has a CCNE-accredited baccalaureate degree program. The school also has a Student Nursing Association which provides networking opportunities, support, and mentoring to its students.

Nursing Pre-Licensure - This Pre-Licensure BSN program is designed to equip students with the nursing skills needed for the NCLEX-RN, for their roles as entry-level nurses, and for advanced nursing studies. The curriculum includes Nursing Research, Ethics, and Theory, Community Nursing, and Capstone, among others. Hands-on training is ensured through the university’s state-of-the-art simulators as well as clinical experiences with the teacher’s guidance.

Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor in Science in Nursing (BSN) Program - With nursing skills instruction and science-based learning, this program builds on the student’s prior knowledge. This allows students to progress from basic clinical care, teaching them skills such as leadership, communication and critical thinking for professional advancement.

Online Master of Science in Nursing: Patient Safety and Quality Degree (MSN) - With a focus on safety principles, students in this online MSN program will receive high-quality nursing education. This program, which focuses on Patient Safety and Quality, is the first in the state. To offer flexibility to working individuals, it is conducted in an online format. Upon program completion, students are prepared to work as coordinators in risk management, quality assurance, quality improvement and patient safety.

Winston-Salem State University

Division of Nursing

88.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, NC - 27110-0001
  • (336) 750-2000
Nurse Admin: Leslee H. Battle, RN, MSN, EdD
Title: Professor and Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.00%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, LPN to BSN, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 250
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,247
  • Book and Supplies: $1,690
  • Percent Received Aid: 98%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,138
  • Percent Admitted: 73%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 27%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%

WSSU's undergraduate Nursing program prepares students for careers as general personnel in the workforce. The program teaches theory, clinical practicums and public service experiences that are essential to delivering professional nursing care in a variety of settings and to diverse populations. These experiences, according to WSSU, foster values such as kindness, compassion, justice, loyalty and also cultural competence and sensitivity.

Winston-Salem State University offers students many path to earn a BSN including pre-licensure BSN, RN to BSN, ABSN, Paramedic to BSN, and LPN to BSN.

The pre-licensure BSN curriculum for WSSU generic students consists of the General Education Core requirements for Winston-Salem State University, pre-requisite courses for the nursing major and the nursing courses.

The ABSN Option at WSSU is designed to give individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline an opportunity to complete the BSN in 13 months.

The RN to BSN path at Winston-Salem State University recognizes registered nurses as adult learners with experience in nursing and an active personal life. If you need a student-friendly program with enough flexibility to meet your specific needs, the WSSU RN to BSN program is for you.

The Paramedic to BSN path allows the paramedic who has graduated from an accredited paramedic program and is certified to practice as an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services and/or the National Registry to complete their BSN. The student must have at least one year of experience as an EMT-P.

The LPN to BSN path allows practical nurses licensed by the North Carolina Board of Nursing to complete their BSN. The student must have at least one year of direct patient care experience in the state of North Carolina. Direct patient care is defined as hands on, face-to-face contact with patients for the purpose of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.

The Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) and Advanced Nurse Educators (ANE). Whether you want to practice nursing at a higher level, teach, or move into a leadership role, WSSU’s graduate and professional nursing programs can help you reach your goal.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate will be prepared to function at the highest level of advanced nursing practice. We offer 2 pathways to the DNP degree: BSN-DNP and MSN-DNP.

North Carolina A & T State University

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

86.67% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1601 E Market St, Greensboro, NC - 27411
  • (336) 334-7500
Nurse Admin: Tiffany Morris, DNP, MS, MS-Ed, CNE
Title: Program Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.67%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 492
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,733
  • Book and Supplies: $730
  • Percent Received Aid: 96%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,760
  • Percent Admitted: 57%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 23%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%

Founded in 1953, A&T ‘s College of Health and Human Sciences School of Nursing offers three ways to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. They are the Entry Option for RNs, Traditional BSN for pre-licensure students and Accelerated BSN. The school was founded with the goal of improving health by providing quality care to its patients through education, research and service.

Faculty at UNION SQUARE campus use state-of-the-art technology to educate students based on current theory, research and best practices. Our students achieve academic excellence through small classes with flexible schedules and supportive faculty.

Overview of Nursing Schools in North Carolina

  • There are 89 nursing schools in North Carolina. The CCNE accredits 26 nursing schools and the ACEN accredits 33 schools in North Carolina.
  • Typically, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take about 4 years to complete.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for ADN students in North Carolina is between 22.50% and 100.00%.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for BSN students in North Carolina is between 62.00% and 100.00%.
  • The average annual salary for registered nurses is between $52,080 to $111,220 a year.
  • Registered Nurses (RN) throughout the country and in North Carolina can expect a favorable job growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 which much faster than the average for all occupations.

North Carolina RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 58 20
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 85.87% 86.26%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 22.50% to 100.00% 62.00% to 100.00%

Nursing Programs Offered by North Carolina Nursing Schools

  • Registered Nursing: 76
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 8
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 4
  • Nursing Administration: 3
  • CNL: 3
  • Practical Nursing: 3
  • Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing: 2
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Nursing Leadership: 1
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Nurse Educator: 1
  • Leadership: 1
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 1

North Carolina Nursing Schools with the Most Degree Types

Become an APRN in North Carolina

RNs who wish to become advanced practice registered nurses will want to pursue any number of avenues to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Earning a Master of Science in Nursing consists of graduate-level coursework and clinical practice for those nurses who wish to direct patient roles such as a nurse practitioner. You can also pursue indirect patient roles such as teaching or leadership roles, or become involved in policy, state-wide health initiatives or community engagement. There are many clinical and non-clinical avenues that an RN with MSN can pursue.

Become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in North Carolina

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Learn about Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree.

RN Licensing Requirements in North Carolina

Comprehensive guide to Michigan Nursing License Requirements Renewals RN and APRN

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4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 782-3211

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