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Charlotte’s aspiring nurses can achieve licensure through a variety of education pathways. Each pathway is specific to one of the four major nursing roles.

Certified nursing assistant
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) attain licensure through a brief certificate program. CNA certificates are most frequently offered at community colleges, although several private schools also offer these programs. The CNA role is very popular in Charlotte; over 7,000 CNAs are currently employed in the metropolitan area. This is primarily due to the relatively small time and financial investment required to become a CNA.

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Licensed practical nurse
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) must also complete a certificate program. The LPN certificate requires significantly longer study (12-18 months) than a CNA program. LPNs must pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination before beginning work. Charlotte’s 2,400 licensed practical nurses earn a median annual salary of $42,000.

Registered nurse
Charlotte sees high demand for registered nurses (RNs) from local healthcare providers like Carolinas Medical Center. The metro area’s 18,000+ RNs are well compensated for their work, earning a median annual salary of almost $60,000. Aspiring RNs can pursue one of three education pathways: hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).

Advanced practice registered nurse
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) must hold a graduate degree in addition to years of working experience. Only about 1,200 APRNs are employed in Charlotte, commanding impressive salaries that frequently exceed $100,000 per annum.

Charlotte’s nursing sector is rapidly expanding, as companies like Novant Health and CareHere expand their teams. To help local aspiring nurses find the best education, we have profiled below all of the nursing schools and programs in the metropolitan area.

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Charlotte nursing schools by NCLEX score

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
399 Biotechnology Lane | Kannapolis, North Carolina 28081
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Gaston College - Lincoln
511 South Aspen Street | Lincolnton, North Carolina 28093
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
Mitchell Community College
500 West Broad Street | Statesville, North Carolina 28677
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
1200 Blythe Boulevard | Charlotte, North Carolina 28203
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
401 Medical Park Drive | Concord, North Carolina 28025
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Gaston College - Dallas
201 US Highway 321 South | Dallas, North Carolina 28034
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
ECPI University - Charlotte
4800 Airport Center Parkway | Charlotte, North Carolina 28208
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard | Charlotte, North Carolina 28223
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue | Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Queens University of Charlotte
1900 Selwyn Avenue | Charlotte, North Carolina 28274
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
South Piedmont Community College - Monroe
4209 Old Charlotte Highway | Monroe, North Carolina 28111
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Wingate University
220 North Camden Road | Wingate, North Carolina 28174
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 63.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Catawba College
2300 West Innes Street | Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Charlotte
2015 Ayrsley Town Boulevard | Charlotte, North Carolina 28273
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northeastern University - Charlotte
101 North Tryon Street, Suite 1100 | Charlotte, North Carolina 28246
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Diploma in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2009 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2009 to 2016
Gaston College - Lincoln Diploma in Practical Nursing 98.9% 2009 to 2016
Nurse Aide Certificate
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
Nurse Aide Certificate
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Gaston College - Dallas Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2009 to 2016
ECPI University - Charlotte Diploma in Practical Nursing 93.3% 2010 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2014 to 2016
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.8% 2010 to 2016
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Central Piedmont Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2016
Queens University of Charlotte Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.8% 2010 to 2016
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
South Piedmont Community College - Monroe Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.8% 2009 to 2016
Wingate University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 63.4% 2014 to 2016
Catawba College Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Charlotte Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northeastern University - Charlotte Accelerated Second Degree BSN