North Carolina Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide provides you with key information on the many nursing programs, including profiles of several programs, in the state of North Carolina. Students have the option of concentrating their nursing degrees in such areas as nurse anesthesia, family nurse practitioner across the life span, nurse administrator, and nurse educator. Many traditional universities, such as East Carolina University, offer online courses or online nursing programs. Online universities, including Walden University, also allow students the flexible alternative of earning a bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing entirely online.

North Carolina School Facts:

  • 61 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 19 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 10 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Duke University 95%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Barton College 39%.1
  • Highest net price*: South College Asheville $30,984.1
  • Lowest net price*: Fayetteville State University $4,906.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in North Carolina with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $14,064 – $43,623.2
  • 5 schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (4), Duke University (7), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (11), University of North Carolina Greensboro (79), and East Carolina University (99).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Below you can read several profiles of the many bachelor’s and master’s in nursing programs offered in North Carolina.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in North Carolina

North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University confers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the 124-125 credit, four-year program. Students generally spend the freshmen and sophomore years completing general college requirements and prerequisites before predominately focusing on the nursing major in the junior and senior years. Nursing curriculum covers adult health, the childbearing family, pharmacology, pediatric mental health, and leadership and management. Students, who already have a current registered nurse’s license and an associate’s degree in nursing, may want to consider the nursing department’s BSN completion program. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing may pursue their BSN through an accelerated program.

North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University features a traditional BSN program that allows undergraduates to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in four years. The 124 credit program requires nursing majors to complete 56 credits of general college coursework in math, science, and English the first two years of the program before concentrating on the nursing curriculum in the second two years. The nursing program features coursework in care of the family, psychiatric mental health nursing, nursing care of the adult, and pharmacology in nursing. The nursing department also features a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program for students who already have an associate’s degree in nursing and a current registered nurse’s license.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing has a range of programs, including a Bachelor’s of Nursing (BSN). The BSN program features two tracks. The first track is for those students pursuing a bachelor’s degree for the first time. Students complete required general college coursework before moving into the nursing program for the final two years of study. Students, who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another specialty, can follow the second track, the Accelerated BSN, which takes four terms to complete. The school also features an MSN program, which prepares graduates to take the Clinical Nurse Leader exam necessary for national certification. Students who commit to the program full-time generally take four semesters to fulfill degree requirements while part-time students require five semesters. Courses are generally held on campus, online, and through seminars.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in North Carolina

East Carolina University
East Carolina University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is offered in eight concentrations. The adult gerontology nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, neonatal nurse practitioner, nursing leadership, family nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, and nursing education programs are all offered online while the nurse anesthesia program is campus-based. The adult gerontology nurse practitioner program requires students to complete 45 credits and minimum of 616 hours of a clinical practicum. The nursing leadership program consists of 41 credits and a 252-hour practicum. Students may study full time or part, depending on the particular concentration’s requirements.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte confers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in family nurse practitioner across the lifespan, community/public health, nurse anesthesia, nurse educator, and nurse administrator. The family nurse practitioner across the lifespan track requires 46 credits with students beginning in the summer. The nurse anesthesia full-time program requires students to take courses, which are offered once each year, in sequence. Full-time or part-time study is permitted depending on the concentration. Clinical practicums are mandatory with students working at local medical and healthcare facilities such as Carolina Medical Center and the Carolina Healthcare System.

Reviews of North Carolina Nursing Programs

Bladen Community College
7418 NC Hwy 41W
Dublin, NC 28332
(910) 879-5500

I’ve just started the nursing curriculum at this school but so far I’m pleased. The instructors are very knowledgeable and approachable. Just finishing up the basics of patient care in nurse aide courses but the instructors have been more than willing to assist us in our practical environment (clinical sites) when it comes to handling patient needs within our scope of practice. The school uses a more hands on approach to teaching and prefers to use living patients as opposed to mannequins or lecture. Many students find this an easier environment in which to learn the material. I look forward to continuing my education in this career as I eventually work towards completing a Master’s level training program in the field of nursing. I feel that this school has given me a great foundation on which to complete that goal.” – Student at Bladen Community College

Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Rd
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 866-5000

Wake Technical Community College was an average nursing school program. I really enjoyed all of the various clinical experience we got and in all the different areas we were able to experience. I did feel that the first semester was too many different things all packed into just 1 semester and especially for new students. It was the only semester where we had a lab that also had separate tests and quizzes which was just more unnecessary work. I also felt that the teachers were unfair when making tests and would not admit to writing a poor question or when the right answer they had was wrong. It made going over tests really difficult and often times we would end up getting a question wrong (which is important when there are not many tests in class so each question counts) when we should have gotten it right. I felt that there was a lot of clinical paperwork with no grade so it ended up being a lot of wasted time. It was only satisfactory or unsatisfactory which is not worth the hours of time put into the paperwork or the stress the clinical instructors put on students for perfection on it.” – Student at Wake Technical Community College

Wake Tech offers a comprehensive, albeit highly competitive nursing program. The Perry Health Sciences campus is basically brand new, and has state of the art simulation technology. Because Wake county is a fairly renowned medical research base, the opportunities for clinical experience are fantastic, and the rotating clinical hours allow for all students to work in a diverse range of settings. One downside that I will mention is that as of yet, the school only offers an Associates level nursing program- and with the hospital regulations that are in the process of passing, any student that completes the program will still need to follow up with an associates to bachelors degree to be able to find lucrative employment. The course is rigorous, and the hours somewhat unrelenting- this is not a program that you can do while working full time. The obvious goal of the program is to produce HIGH quality nursing associates, and I think it is unavoidable to make it through the program without being just that.” – Student at Wake Technical Community College

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: https://colleges.niche.com/?degree=4-year&state=NC&major=nursing&sort=best