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Students wishing to qualify as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) may enroll in a certificate program at one of North Carolina’s community colleges. These programs are fairly brief, typically 12 to 18 months in length. There are over 40 LPN certificate programs available throughout the state, so students have a broad menu of options from which to choose.

LPN certificate programs
Aspiring LPNs can find accredited certificate programs in all of the state’s major metropolitan areas. For example, ECPI University offers an LPN certificate program at its Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro campuses. These programs prepare students to pass the NCLEX-PN national examination, a prerequisite for practical nursing licensure in the state of North Carolina.

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The responsibilities of an LPN
LPNs measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, prepare and give injections, monitor catheters and medical equipment, and collect samples for testing. They must possess good communication skills, since they are required to tend to both the personal and medical needs of patients. In addition, LPNs must often report back to more senior nursing staff.

Career prospects and major employers in North Carolina
North Carolina’s 15,500 LPNs earn a median annual salary of $41,500. Top performers in the state can earn $46,500 per year or more. The state’s major healthcare providers, including LifeCare and Tenet Health, are frequently hiring newly minted LPNs onto their teams.

To provide a comprehensive view of North Carolina’s LPN education, we have compiled below a list of the state’s practical nursing certificate programs. You’ll find them organized by major metropolitan area.

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Charlotte

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Gaston College - Lincoln
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
ECPI University - Charlotte
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2009 to 2016
Gaston College - Lincoln
Diploma in Practical Nursing 98.9% 2009 to 2016
ECPI University - Charlotte
Diploma in Practical Nursing 93.3% 2010 to 2016

Durham / Chapel Hill area

Durham Technical Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Durham Technical Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 97.6% 2009 to 2016

Fayetteville

Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 90.7% 2009 to 2016

Greensboro / High Point area

Guilford Technical Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Rockingham Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
ECPI University - Greensboro
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Guilford Technical Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 92.6% 2009 to 2016
Rockingham Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2016
ECPI University - Greensboro
Diploma in Practical Nursing 83.4% 2010 to 2016

Raleigh

ECPI University - Raleigh
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
ECPI University - Raleigh
Diploma in Practical Nursing 80.8% 2010 to 2016

Wilmington

Cape Fear Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cape Fear Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2016

Winston-Salem

Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Davidson County Community College - Mocksville
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Forsyth Technical Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 96.2% 2009 to 2016
Davidson County Community College - Mocksville
Diploma in Practical Nursing 92.7% 2009 to 2016

Other North Carolina cities

Brunswick Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Edgecombe Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Lenoir Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Wilson Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Sampson Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 99.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Surry Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Cleveland Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 99.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Mayland Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Wayne Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Robeson Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Southeastern Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
James Sprunt Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
McDowell Technical Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Craven Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
College of the Albemarle
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Coastal Carolina Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Bladen Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
South Piedmont Community College - Polkton
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Beaufort County Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Montgomery Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Vance-Granville Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Isothermal Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Central Carolina Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Richmond Community College - Laurinburg
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Carteret Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Halifax Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Nash Community College
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Brunswick Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2016
Edgecombe Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2016
Lenoir Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2016
Wilson Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2016
Sampson Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 99.4% 2009 to 2016
Surry Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2009 to 2016
Cleveland Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 99.1% 2009 to 2016
Mayland Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 98.9% 2009 to 2016
Wayne Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 98.3% 2009 to 2016
Robeson Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 97.9% 2013 to 2016
Southeastern Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 97.3% 2009 to 2016
James Sprunt Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 96.8% 2009 to 2016
McDowell Technical Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 96.7% 2009 to 2016
Craven Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 96.5% 2009 to 2016
College of the Albemarle
Diploma in Practical Nursing 96.4% 2009 to 2016
Coastal Carolina Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 95.8% 2009 to 2016
Bladen Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 93.2% 2009 to 2016
South Piedmont Community College - Polkton
Diploma in Practical Nursing 92.6% 2009 to 2016
Beaufort County Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 92.3% 2009 to 2016
Montgomery Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 90.7% 2009 to 2016
Vance-Granville Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 89.7% 2009 to 2016
Isothermal Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 87.4% 2009 to 2016
Central Carolina Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2016
Richmond Community College - Laurinburg
Diploma in Practical Nursing 86.2% 2009 to 2016
Carteret Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 85.7% 2009 to 2016
Halifax Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 83.7% 2012 to 2016
Nash Community College
Diploma in Practical Nursing 81.1% 2012 to 2016