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At four-year colleges and universities, undergraduate students typically undertake a bachelor’s degree program of study. North Carolina is home to roughly 30 four-year schools offering nursing degree programs. At many of these institutions, nurses may also pursue graduate nursing studies to enhance their career progression.

Benefits of four-year colleges and universities
Healthcare employers are showing an increasing preference for registered nurses (RNs) who hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) rather than a traditional associate’s degree. BSN-holders must complete a very rigorous curriculum to earn their four-year degree. Thus, these graduates often hold an advantage over their community college counterparts when seeking jobs with North Carolina’s major healthcare providers, including Tenet Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Available degrees
First-time nursing students who enroll in a four-year institution will typically pursue a BSN degree. Existing nurses have several educational options. Those who hold an associate’s degree may pursue an RN-to-BSN program; many colleges and universities offer flexible evening, weekend, and online courses to accommodate work schedules. Nurses who already hold a bachelor’s degree are eligible to pursue graduate studies, including a graduate certificate, master’s degree, or doctor’s degree.

Nursing schools and employers in North Carolina
North Carolina is home to a number of very prestigious four-year schools. Of these, Duke University holds perhaps the strongest educational reputation. Students of its BSN and graduate nursing programs are highly sought after by healthcare employers, not only in North Carolina but across the nation.

To provide a roadmap for North Carolina’s aspiring nurses, we have assembled below a complete list of the state’s four-year colleges and universities with nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Asheville

Mars Hill University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South College - Asheville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
School City Programs offered
Mars Hill University Mars Hill
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South College - Asheville Asheville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park Asheville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner

Charlotte

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Catawba College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
ECPI University - Charlotte
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Northeastern University - Charlotte
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Queens University of Charlotte
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Wingate University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nurse Aide Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Catawba College Salisbury
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Charlotte Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
ECPI University - Charlotte Charlotte
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
Northeastern University - Charlotte Charlotte
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Wingate University Wingate
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Durham / Chapel Hill area

Duke University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
North Carolina Central University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Duke University Durham
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
North Carolina Central University Durham
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Fayetteville

Fayetteville State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Methodist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Methodist University Fayetteville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Greensboro / High Point area

ECPI University - Greensboro
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
North Carolina A&T State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - High Point
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
ECPI University - Greensboro Greensboro
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University - High Point High Point
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Raleigh

ECPI University - Raleigh
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
ECPI University - Raleigh Raleigh
  • Diploma in Practical Nursing

Wilmington

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Winston-Salem

Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
Winston-Salem State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
School City Programs offered
Wake Forest School of Medicine Winston-Salem
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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

Other North Carolina cities

Appalachian State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Barton College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Campbell University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
East Carolina University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Gardner-Webb University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Lees-McRae College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Pfeiffer University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Mount Olive
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Appalachian State University Boone
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Barton College Wilson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Campbell University Buies Creek
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
East Carolina University Greenville
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Lees-McRae College Banner Elk
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lenoir-Rhyne University Hickory
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Pfeiffer University Misenheimer
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Mount Olive Mount Olive
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Carolina University Cullowhee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion