Several large healthcare providers, including Novant Health and the UnitedHealth Group, are looking to expand their nursing teams in Winston-Salem. They promise competitive salary packages to their employees, so aspiring nurses may want to learn more about the area’s nursing sector.

Winston-Salem’s nursing workforce may be broadly categorized into four roles. Each one requires a different set of skills and qualifications, and each role carries distinct compensation.

Advanced practice registered nurse
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are the most senior of all nurses. They have several years of work experience and must hold a specialized graduate degree. Winston-Salem’s APRNs earn a median annual salary of $94,000; the exact pay depends highly on an APRN’s particular area of specialty.

Registered nurse
Registered nurses (RNs) number over 7,000 in Winston-Salem, making this the area’s most popular nursing role. Although the majority hold either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in registered nursing, some hold a hospital diploma instead. Winston-Salem’s registered nurses earn over $59,000 per year on average, and top-performing RNs can take home $70,000+ annually.

Licensed practical nurse and certified nursing assistant
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are well compensated in Winston-Salem. Both roles require a certificate, which takes significantly less time to complete than an RN degree or diploma. LPNs make $41,300 per annum in the area, while CNAs earn an annual salary of $22,600.

Below we’ve put together a list of exciting nursing programs in Winston-Salem. We hope that aspiring nurses will find it useful in discovering new career opportunities.

Winston-Salem nursing schools by NCLEX score

Forsyth Technical Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway | Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Davidson-Davie Community College
297 DCC Road | Thomasville, North Carolina 27360
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King Jr Drive | Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Paramedic-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wake Forest School of Medicine
525 Vine Street, Suite 230 | Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Forsyth Technical Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.1% 2013 to 2019
Diploma in Practical Nursing 94.3% 2013 to 2019
Davidson-Davie Community College Diploma in Practical Nursing 95.0% 2013 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2013 to 2019
Winston-Salem State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.2% 2013 to 2019
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
Paramedic-to-BSN Degree Completion
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wake Forest School of Medicine Doctor of Nursing Practice: Nurse Anesthesia
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
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