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The demand by healthcare employers for registered nurses (RNs) is rapidly increasing. Many students choose to enroll in associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) programs so that they can enter the workforce quickly. Although the ADN curriculum is less comprehensive than a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program, it still adequately prepares students for the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination and subsequent employment.

Education pathways
A two-year course is required of all ADN students who are new to the nursing sector. Since many North Carolina schools offer evening, weekend, and online classes, students can easily engage simultaneously in work and study.

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Some colleges and universities also offer one-year bridge programs. These programs enable existing licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to achieve licensure as registered nurses through an accelerated and streamlined course of study.

North Carolina job market
North Carolina’s nurses can expect strong employment prospects. The state employs over 88,000 RNs at a median annual salary of almost $60,000. The top quarter of the state’s nursing workforce receives $70,000 or more in annual compensation. Major healthcare providers throughout the state have frequent openings for RNs, including Tenet Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Genesis HealthCare.

We’ve identified the best ADN programs available in North Carolina and profiled them below, including their students’ recent NCLEX test scores. We hope that aspiring RNs will find this an invaluable resource.

Featured Schools

Asheville

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Blue Ridge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Region A Nursing Consortium
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
South College - Asheville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Haywood Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2016
Blue Ridge Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2009 to 2016
Region A Nursing Consortium
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.2% 2009 to 2016
South College - Asheville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.9% 2010 to 2016
Haywood Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Charlotte

Mitchell Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Gaston College - Dallas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Central Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
South Piedmont Community College - Monroe
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
ECPI University - Charlotte
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mitchell Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.0% 2009 to 2016
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.7% 2010 to 2016
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2010 to 2016
Gaston College - Dallas
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2009 to 2016
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2009 to 2016
Central Piedmont Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2016
South Piedmont Community College - Monroe
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.8% 2009 to 2016
ECPI University - Charlotte
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2014 to 2016

Durham / Chapel Hill area

Durham Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Durham Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2016
Piedmont Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2009 to 2016

Fayetteville

Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2016

Greensboro / High Point area

Randolph Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Guilford Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Rockingham Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Randolph Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.8% 2009 to 2016
Guilford Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2009 to 2016
Rockingham Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.0% 2009 to 2016

Raleigh

Wake Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Johnston Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Wake Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.5% 2009 to 2016
Johnston Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2009 to 2016

Wilmington

Cape Fear Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cape Fear Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.8% 2009 to 2016

Winston-Salem

Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Davidson County Community College - Thomasville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Forsyth Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.5% 2009 to 2016
Davidson County Community College - Thomasville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2016

Other North Carolina cities

College of the Albemarle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Carteret Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Brunswick Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Sandhills Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Foothills Nursing Consortium
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Central Carolina Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Sampson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Lenoir Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Gardner-Webb University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Surry Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Stanly Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Wayne Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Coastal Carolina Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Richmond Community College - Hamlet
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Craven Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Western Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
James Sprunt Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Pitt Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Robeson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Beaufort County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Wilkes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Vance-Granville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Bladen Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Mayland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Southeastern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Southwestern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Wilson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Alamance Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Edgecombe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Catawba Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Nash Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Halifax Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Cleveland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Isothermal Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
McDowell Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
College of the Albemarle
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.8% 2009 to 2016
Carteret Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.8% 2009 to 2016
Brunswick Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.0% 2009 to 2016
Sandhills Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.3% 2009 to 2016
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.7% 2009 to 2016
Foothills Nursing Consortium
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.6% 2009 to 2016
Central Carolina Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.4% 2009 to 2016
Sampson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.2% 2009 to 2016
Lenoir Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.9% 2009 to 2016
Gardner-Webb University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2010 to 2016
Surry Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2009 to 2016
Stanly Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to 2016
Wayne Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2009 to 2016
Coastal Carolina Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to 2016
Richmond Community College - Hamlet
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2009 to 2016
Craven Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2016
Western Piedmont Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.4% 2009 to 2016
James Sprunt Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2009 to 2016
Pitt Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.2% 2009 to 2016
Robeson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2009 to 2016
Beaufort County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.4% 2009 to 2016
Wilkes Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2016
Vance-Granville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2016
Bladen Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.8% 2009 to 2016
Mayland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2016
Southeastern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2016
Southwestern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2012 to 2016
Wilson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2013 to 2016
Alamance Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2016
Edgecombe Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2013 to 2016
Catawba Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.6% 2009 to 2016
Nash Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.5% 2013 to 2016
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.8% 2009 to 2016
Halifax Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.5% 2013 to 2016
Cleveland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Isothermal Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
McDowell Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing