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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.

Asheville

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Blue Ridge Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Region A Nursing Consortium
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Mars Hill University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.2% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
South College - Asheville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
Haywood Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2013 to 2019
Blue Ridge Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2013 to 2019
Region A Nursing Consortium
Associate's Degree in Nursing 74.4% 2013 to 2019
Mars Hill University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72.2% 2018 to 2019
South College - Asheville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71.4% 2019 to 2019
Haywood Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Charlotte

Mitchell Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Gaston College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Central Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Chamberlain University - Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Queens University of Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
ECPI University - Charlotte
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Catawba College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
Northeastern University - Charlotte
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
Wingate University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mitchell Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.2% 2013 to 2019
Gaston College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.3% 2013 to 2019
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.0% 2013 to 2019
Central Piedmont Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.0% 2013 to 2019
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.8% 2013 to 2019
Chamberlain University - Charlotte
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.2% 2018 to 2019
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.5% 2013 to 2019
Queens University of Charlotte
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.7% 2013 to 2019
ECPI University - Charlotte
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.1% 2014 to 2019
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2013 to 2019
Catawba College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2019 to 2019
Northeastern University - Charlotte
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 86.4% 2018 to 2019
Wingate University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.8% 2014 to 2019

Durham / Chapel Hill area

Duke University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Watts College of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Durham Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
North Carolina Central University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Duke University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 97.8% 2013 to 2019
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.4% 2013 to 2019
Watts College of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 94.1% 2013 to 2019
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Durham Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.0% 2013 to 2019
Piedmont Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.6% 2013 to 2019
North Carolina Central University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.6% 2013 to 2019

Fayetteville

Fayetteville State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Methodist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Fayetteville State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.7% 2014 to 2019
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.0% 2013 to 2019
Methodist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.7% 2014 to 2019

Greensboro / High Point area

Randolph Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
South University - High Point Off-Campus Instructional Site
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
North Carolina A&T State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Rockingham Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Guilford Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Randolph Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.1% 2013 to 2019
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.9% 2013 to 2019
South University - High Point Off-Campus Instructional Site
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2017 to 2019
North Carolina A&T State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.1% 2013 to 2019
Rockingham Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.4% 2013 to 2019
Guilford Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2013 to 2019

Raleigh

Johnston Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Wake Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
ECPI University - Raleigh
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Johnston Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.9% 2013 to 2019
Wake Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.1% 2013 to 2019
ECPI University - Raleigh
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Wilmington

Cape Fear Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cape Fear Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.8% 2013 to 2019
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.0% 2013 to 2019

Winston-Salem

Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Winston-Salem State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Davidson-Davie Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Forsyth Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.1% 2013 to 2019
Winston-Salem State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.2% 2013 to 2019
Davidson-Davie Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2013 to 2019

Other North Carolina cities

Western Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
College of The Albemarle
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Gardner-Webb University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
East Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Campbell University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Brunswick Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Stanly Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Carteret Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Robeson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Sandhills Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Surry Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Western Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Appalachian State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Wayne Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Sampson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Foothills Nursing Consortium
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Lenoir Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Coastal Carolina Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Pitt Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Richmond Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
South Piedmont Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Craven Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Wilkes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Wilson Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
James Sprunt Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Bladen Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Catawba Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Alamance Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Mayland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Vance-Granville Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Edgecombe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Nash Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Beaufort County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Central Carolina Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Southeastern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Barton College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Southwestern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Halifax Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Pfeiffer University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Lees-McRae College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 61.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
Cleveland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Elon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Isothermal Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
McDowell Technical Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Montgomery Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Andrews University
  • Bachelor of Science 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 98.5% 2013 to 2019
College of The Albemarle
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.9% 2013 to 2019
Gardner-Webb University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.3% 2014 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2013 to 2019
East Carolina University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.8% 2013 to 2019
Campbell University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.5% 2018 to 2019
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.7% 2013 to 2019
Brunswick Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2013 to 2019
Stanly Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.8% 2013 to 2019
Carteret Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2013 to 2019
Robeson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2013 to 2019
Sandhills Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.0% 2013 to 2019
Surry Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.7% 2013 to 2019
Western Piedmont Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.3% 2013 to 2019
Appalachian State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.2% 2013 to 2019
Wayne Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2013 to 2019
Sampson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.4% 2013 to 2019
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.4% 2013 to 2019
Foothills Nursing Consortium
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2013 to 2019
Lenoir Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2013 to 2019
Coastal Carolina Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2013 to 2019
Pitt Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2013 to 2019
Richmond Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2013 to 2019
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.0% 2013 to 2019
South Piedmont Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.8% 2013 to 2019
Craven Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2013 to 2019
Wilkes Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2013 to 2019
Wilson Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.8% 2013 to 2019
James Sprunt Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2013 to 2019
Bladen Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2013 to 2019
Catawba Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.9% 2013 to 2019
Alamance Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2013 to 2019
Mayland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2013 to 2019
Vance-Granville Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2013 to 2019
Edgecombe Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.4% 2013 to 2019
Nash Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.8% 2013 to 2019
Beaufort County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.7% 2013 to 2019
Central Carolina Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.9% 2013 to 2019
Southeastern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.9% 2013 to 2019
Barton College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.3% 2013 to 2019
Southwestern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2013 to 2019
Halifax Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% 2013 to 2019
Pfeiffer University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.8% 2013 to 2019
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.2% 2013 to 2019
Lees-McRae College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 61.7% 2017 to 2019
Cleveland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Elon University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Isothermal Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
McDowell Technical Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Montgomery Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Andrews University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Tri-County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing