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Registered nurses (RNs) play a fundamental role in the North Carolina healthcare system. They make critical decisions regarding patient care, supervise more junior nurses, and train other healthcare professionals. Students wishing to qualify as RNs typically pursue either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Prospective RNs must also pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination before practicing in North Carolina.

Bachelor’s degree programs
In most cases, a prelicensure BSN program takes four years of education to complete. However, less time may be required for those who already hold a university degree or are qualified as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

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Associate’s degree programs
An ADN program typically takes two years to attain. However, a year-long bridge program is available at many schools, offering LPNs the opportunity for rapid promotion through an accelerated curriculum.

Employment prospects
Almost 90,000 RNs work in North Carolina, earning a median annual salary of $58,500. Those holding bachelor’s degrees typically command top-quartile pay of $69,430 and above. A bachelor’s degree is also a prerequisite for master’s degree programs in specialized nursing disciplines like nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and nurse anesthetist.

We have compiled below a detailed list of RN prelicensure programs in North Carolina. We hope it will help the state’s next generation of RNs choose the right program.

Featured Schools

Asheville

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Blue Ridge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Region A Nursing Consortium
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Haywood Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mars Hill University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2016
Blue Ridge Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.3% 2009 to 2016
Region A Nursing Consortium
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.2% 2009 to 2016
Haywood Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mars Hill University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Charlotte

Mitchell Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Gaston College - Dallas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Central Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Queens University of Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
South Piedmont Community College - Monroe
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
ECPI University - Charlotte
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Wingate University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 63.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Catawba College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northeastern University - Charlotte
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
School Program NCLEX score Time period
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
Gaston College - Dallas
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2009 to 2016
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.8% 2010 to 2016
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2009 to 2016
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
South Piedmont Community College - Monroe
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.8% 2009 to 2016
ECPI University - Charlotte
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2014 to 2016
Wingate University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 63.4% 2014 to 2016
Catawba College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Charlotte
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Northeastern University - Charlotte
Accelerated Second Degree BSN

Durham / Chapel Hill area

Duke University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Watts School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Durham Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
North Carolina Central University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Duke University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 97.9% 2010 to 2016
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.6% 2010 to 2016
Watts School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 94.9% 2010 to 2016
Durham Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2016
Piedmont Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2009 to 2016
North Carolina Central University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.9% 2010 to 2016

Fayetteville

Fayetteville State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Methodist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 74.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Fayetteville State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.2% 2010 to 2016
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2009 to 2016
Methodist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 74.6% 2014 to 2016

Greensboro / High Point area

Randolph Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Guilford Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Rockingham Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
North Carolina A&T State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
South University - High Point
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Randolph Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.8% 2009 to 2016
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2010 to 2016
Guilford Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2009 to 2016
Rockingham Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.0% 2009 to 2016
North Carolina A&T State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.0% 2010 to 2016
South University - High Point
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Raleigh

Wake Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Johnston Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Wake Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.5% 2009 to 2016
Johnston Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2009 to 2016

Wilmington

Cape Fear Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cape Fear Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.8% 2009 to 2016
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.2% 2010 to 2016

Winston-Salem

Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Winston-Salem State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Davidson County Community College - Thomasville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Forsyth Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.5% 2009 to 2016
Winston-Salem State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.6% 2010 to 2016
Davidson County Community College - Thomasville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2016

Other North Carolina cities

Western Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
College of the Albemarle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
East Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Carteret Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Gardner-Webb University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Brunswick Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Sandhills Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Foothills Nursing Consortium
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Central Carolina Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Sampson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Lenoir Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Surry Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Appalachian State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Stanly Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Wayne Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Coastal Carolina Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Richmond Community College - Hamlet
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Craven Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Western Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
James Sprunt Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Pitt Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Robeson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Beaufort County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Wilkes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Vance-Granville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Bladen Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Mayland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Southeastern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Southwestern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Wilson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Alamance Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Edgecombe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Catawba Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Nash Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Barton College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Pfeiffer University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2016)
Halifax Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Campbell University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Cleveland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Isothermal Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lees-McRae College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
McDowell Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Western Carolina University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.8% 2010 to 2016
College of the Albemarle
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.8% 2009 to 2016
East Carolina University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.3% 2010 to 2016
Carteret Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.8% 2009 to 2016
Gardner-Webb University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.3% 2014 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2010 to 2016
Brunswick Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.0% 2009 to 2016
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.5% 2010 to 2016
Sandhills Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.3% 2009 to 2016
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.7% 2009 to 2016
Foothills Nursing Consortium
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.6% 2009 to 2016
Central Carolina Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.4% 2009 to 2016
Sampson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.2% 2009 to 2016
Lenoir Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.9% 2009 to 2016
Surry Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2009 to 2016
Appalachian State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.9% 2012 to 2016
Stanly Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2009 to 2016
Wayne Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2009 to 2016
Coastal Carolina Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to 2016
Richmond Community College - Hamlet
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2009 to 2016
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.8% 2010 to 2016
Craven Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2016
Western Piedmont Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.4% 2009 to 2016
James Sprunt Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2009 to 2016
Pitt Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.2% 2009 to 2016
Robeson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2009 to 2016
Beaufort County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.4% 2009 to 2016
Wilkes Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2016
Vance-Granville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2009 to 2016
Bladen Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.8% 2009 to 2016
Mayland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2016
Southeastern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2009 to 2016
Southwestern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2012 to 2016
Wilson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2013 to 2016
Alamance Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2009 to 2016
Edgecombe Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.1% 2013 to 2016
Catawba Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.6% 2009 to 2016
Nash Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.5% 2013 to 2016
Barton College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.9% 2010 to 2016
Pfeiffer University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.0% 2013 to 2016
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.8% 2009 to 2016
Halifax Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.5% 2013 to 2016
Campbell University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Cleveland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Isothermal Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lees-McRae College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
McDowell Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing