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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.

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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.

Featured Schools

Winston-Salem nursing schools by NCLEX score

Forsyth Technical Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway | Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Davidson County Community College - Mocksville
1205 Salisbury Road | Mocksville, North Carolina 27028
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King Jr Drive | Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • 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
Davidson County Community College - Thomasville
297 DCC Road | Thomasville, North Carolina 27360
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Wake Forest School of Medicine
525 Vine Street, Suite 230 | Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Forsyth Technical Community College Diploma in Practical Nursing 96.2% 2009 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.5% 2009 to 2016
Davidson County Community College - Mocksville Diploma in Practical Nursing 92.7% 2009 to 2016
Winston-Salem State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.6% 2010 to 2016
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
Davidson County Community College - Thomasville Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2016
Wake Forest School of Medicine Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia