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LPN to RN Programs in North Carolina

It is not uncommon for LPN and ADN programs in the state of North Carolina to require its applicants to obtain their certified nurses aide (CNA) certification prior to enrollment in their degree program.  North Carolina also has a program called Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN); this program seeks to increase the education of nurses in North Carolina.  Through this program, collaborations have been made between community colleges and universities that enable nurses to easily continue their education - "RIBN brings a unique value through educational partnerships between community or private colleges and state or private funded universities that will increase the proportion of BSN prepared nurses in our workforce in an economically-feasible and community-focused manner."  You'll note that many of the community colleges listed below have this option for their students.

 

North Carolina RN Licensing Requirements

Before licensure can be obtained, a registered nurse must complete an approved nursing program in North Carolina or a professional nursing program that has been approved by the board in one of the other states. Coursework completed online will be accepted as long as the program is accredited.

RN Licensure by Exams

Candidates who are applying for licensure by examination will need to pass a background check and NCLEX exam. In-state candidates will be required to have prints done through Live Scan. The application for licensure will cost $75. After this step, the candidate will apply for the licensing exam through Pearson VUE and pay the $200 testing fee. When authorization to test has been received, the candidate can schedule the computer-adapted exam. Candidates will be fully licensed when the credential has been verified online.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Nurses who obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states can obtain licensure in North Carolina by endorsement. The fee for license by endorsement is $150. Candidates will be allowed to work under a temporary license while paperwork is being processed. A notarized copy of the license and official verification will also be required.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who completed their education in a foreign country are required to have their education evaluated by either the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools or Josef Silny & Associates. International candidates will be required to take an English proficiency exam unless they completed their education in one of the following nations/ territories: Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Guam, Ireland, the Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Samoa, The United Kingdom, or the Virgin Islands. The accepted exams are the IELTS and the TOEFL. This requirement must be met before the candidate can be authorized to take the NCLEX. They must also submit a criminal background check and submit a social security number before licensure can be issued.

Total Schools: 61

Ranked Schools: 56

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.92198.40%

Randolph Community College

629 Industrial Pk Ave, Asheboro, NC - 27205 (336) 633-0200

Randolph Community College is located in Asheboro, North Carolina.  They offer a ADN program.  They also offer an RN to BSN Outreach Option, which is offered in conjunction with Winston-Salem University.  This allows students to be a student of Winston-Salem University, but take their classes (at least a portion of them) at Randolph Community College

Campus: Asheboro, NC
Net Price: $9,132.00
Enrollment: 3,024
Transfer Out Rate: 16.10%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $50.32%
Graduation Rate: 15.10%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.9198.00%

Central Carolina Community College

1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, NC - 27330-9840 (919) 775-5401

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) has multiple locations in various counties in North Carolina – Chatham County, Harnett County and Lee County.  The Louise L. Tuller School of Nursing offers a practical nursing program and an RN program.  CCCC also has an articulation agreement with the University of North Carolina, which allows students an affordable way to earn their BSN after graduation.

Campus: Sanford, NC
Net Price: $9,471.00
Enrollment: 4,728
Transfer Out Rate: 16.10%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-1.96%
Graduation Rate: 19.50%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.89197.80%

Cape Fear Community College

411 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC - 28401-3910 91036313

Cape Fear Community College is located in Wilmington, North Carolina.  CFCC offers a practical nursing program, an RN program and a nursing transition option, which is an LPN to RN option.  They are proud to announce that their 2015 NCLEX-RN pass rate was 100%.

Campus: Wilmington, NC
Net Price: $9,615.00
Enrollment: 9,246
Transfer Out Rate: 24.10%
Loan Default Rate: $23.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.46%
Graduation Rate: 14.10%
Median Borrowing: 7,639.00%
Median Payment: 79.76%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.87197.40%

Carteret Community College

3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC - 28557-2989 (252) 222-6000

Carteret Community College is located in Morehead City, North Carolina.  CCC offers a practical nursing program and an RN program.  They use a “points system” in deciding who gets in to their program and students with prior healthcare experience, such as LPNs, respiratory therapists, paramedics, and CNAs get extra points.

Campus: Morehead City, NC
Net Price: $7,285.00
Enrollment: 1,524
Loan Default Rate: $32.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $13.16%
Graduation Rate: 16.10%
Median Borrowing: 7,700.00%
Median Payment: 80.40%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.87197.40%

College of the Albemarle

1208 N Road St, Elizabeth City, NC - 27906-2327 +2 (523) 350-8210

College of the Albemarle is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  They offer an LPN program an LPN to ADN program and an ADN program.  They also offer a pre-BSN nursing pathway, which is for students who would like to obtain their general education credits but have not yet been admitted to a nursing program.  They also have an RN to BSN Step Center, which helps students who have recently graduated with their ADN assistance in selecting an RN to BSN/RN to MSN program.

Campus: Elizabeth City, NC
Net Price: $6,723.00
Enrollment: 2,607
Transfer Out Rate: 19.70%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.44%
Graduation Rate: 19.40%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.86197.20%

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

2855 Hickory Blvd., Hudson, NC - 28638 (828) 726-2200

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has two campuses – Hudson and Boone, North Carolina.  They offer an associate's degree program.  They also offer the Hickory RIBN Program, which is basically a collaborative program between CCC & TI and Lenoir-Rhyne University that allows a simultaneous transition for students to earn their BSN degree.

Campus: Hudson, NC
Net Price: $17,637.00
Enrollment: 3,933
Loan Default Rate: $28.90
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $41.73%
Graduation Rate: 20.30%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.83196.60%

Mitchell Community College

500 W Broad Street, Statesville, NC - 28677-5293 (704) 878-3200

Mitchell Community College is located in Statesville, North Carolina.  They offer an associate's degree RN.  MCC has a collaboration with Lenoir-Rhyne University called the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN), which allows a seamless transition for students after graduation in competing their BSN degree.

Campus: Statesville, NC
Net Price: $9,268.00
Enrollment: 3,514
Transfer Out Rate: 15.50%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $13.02%
Graduation Rate: 18.80%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.83196.60%

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

401 Medical Park Drive, Concord, NC - 28025-3959 (704) 403-1555

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is located within Carolinas Healthcare System.  The school educates a variety of healthcare professionals, from nurses to pharmacy technicians to occupational therapists.  The Louise Harkey School of Nursing offers an ADN program and a BSN program; the BSN program is specifically an RN to BSN program, allowing for a seamless transition to a bachelor's degree for its ADN graduates.

Campus: Concord, NC
Net Price: $12,996.00
Enrollment: 451
Loan Default Rate: $0.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $4.08%
Graduation Rate: 69.40%
Median Borrowing: 14,250.00%
Median Payment: 148.79%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8196.00%

Stanly Community College

141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC - 28001 (704) 982-0121

Stanly Community College is located in Albemarle, North Carolina.  They offer Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree nursing program.  They also offer a Nursing – Returning LPN program, which is a program that allows an LPN to earn their RN in two semesters.

Campus: Albemarle, NC
Net Price: $11,631.00
Enrollment: 2,885
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.97%
Graduation Rate: 13.00%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.79195.80%

Forsyth Technical Community College

2100 Silas Creek Pky, Winston-Salem, NC - 27103-5197 (336) 723-0371

Forsyth Technical Community College is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  They offer a practical nursing an associate's degree program.  They also offer an LPN to RN transition option.  Annually, they offer 144 students admission into their ADN programs.  Students are accepted in the fall and spring semesters, with LPN to RN students gaining entrance during the fall semester only.  The LPN to RN program has classes in a traditional pattern on-campus, with the clinical portion during the evenings and weekends.

Campus: Winston-Salem, NC
Net Price: $5,756.00
Enrollment: 9,528
Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin, Registered Nursing, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $32.99%
Graduation Rate: 14.30%
Median Borrowing: 7,814.00%
Median Payment: 81.59%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.75195.00%

Carolinas College of Health Sciences

1200 Blythe Blvd, Charlotte, NC - 28203-2861 (704) 355-5043

Carolinas College of Health Sciences is located within the Carolinas HealthCare System. Their college is devoted entirely to educating healthcare professionals.  They offer an associate's degree program and an LPN to ADN program.  They like to brag that 80% of their graduates choose to take a position with Carolinas HealthCare System after graduating.

Campus: Charlotte, NC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.71194.20%

Gaston College

201 Hwy 321 S, Dallas, NC - 28034 (704) 922-6200

Gaston College is located in Dallas, North Carolina.  They offer a variety of nursing options – a practical nursing program, an ADN program, an LPN to ADN program and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is a pathway program that is designed in conjunction with various local universities, which makes the program more affordable to the student.

Campus: Dallas, NC
Net Price: $10,796.00
Enrollment: 5,977
Transfer Out Rate: 8.70%
Loan Default Rate: $10.10
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin, Registered Nursing
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.58%
Graduation Rate: 24.10%
Median Borrowing: 2,625.00%
Median Payment: 27.41%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.69193.80%

Sampson Community College

Highway 24 West, Clinton, NC - 28329-0318 91059313

Sampson Community College is located in Clinton, North Carolina.  SCC offers several options for its nursing students; they offer a traditional ADN program.  They also offer an advanced placement option for LPNs into their ADN program.  Unique to their program is the LPN to RN program that is offered online.

Campus: Clinton, NC
Net Price: $10,918.00
Enrollment: 1,538
Transfer Out Rate: 28.90%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $34.38%
Graduation Rate: 22.20%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.67193.40%

Gardner-Webb University

Main St, Boiling Springs, NC - 28017-0997 (704) 406-2361

Gardner-Webb University is located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  The Hunt School of Nursing has had an ADN program since 1965 and has expanded to include a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program, an MSN program, which includes either education, FNP, or administration, and a DNP program.

Campus: Boiling Springs, NC
Net Price: $21,661.00
Enrollment: 2,587
Loan Default Rate: $9.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $12.99%
Graduation Rate: 54.90%
Median Borrowing: 20,344.00%
Median Payment: 212.41%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.67193.40%

Wilkes Community College

1328 South Collegiate Dr, Wilkesboro, NC - 28697 (336) 838-6100

Wilkes Community College is located in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.  They offer an ADN program.  Unique to their program is that students must complete their certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification prior to enrollment in the program.  They also offer a dual enrollment option with Lenoir-Rhyne University, through the Hickory Collaborative RIBN, which allows students to simultaneously earn their ADN and BSN degrees.

Campus: Wilkesboro, NC
Net Price: $5,566.00
Enrollment: 2,753
Transfer Out Rate: 25.90%
Loan Default Rate: $23.10
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $96.12%
Graduation Rate: 31.80%
Median Borrowing: 5,430.00%
Median Payment: 56.70%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.66193.20%

James Sprunt Community College

133 James Sprunt Drive, Kenansville, NC - 28349 (910) 296-2400

James Sprunt Community College is located in Kenansville, North Carolina.  They offer both a practical nursing degree and an associate's RN degree.  Students are accepted into the ADN program based on a points system; students can earn more points based on having a prior bachelor's degree or healthcare experience, such as working as an LPN, paramedic, nurses aide, or a surgical tech.

Campus: Kenansville, NC
Net Price: $6,941.00
Enrollment: 1,291
Transfer Out Rate: 18.20%
Loan Default Rate: $27.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $154.06%
Graduation Rate: 13.60%
Median Borrowing: 7,271.00%
Median Payment: 75.92%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.66193.20%

Sandhills Community College

3395 Airport Rd, Pinehurst, NC - 28374 (910) 692-6185

Sandhills Community College is located in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  They offer an ADN program.  They have very specific requirements for their nursing program and everything must be completed according to their stages.  In addition, they require that their students obtain their certified nurses aide (CNA) certification prior to enrollment in the program.

Campus: Pinehurst, NC
Net Price: $9,077.00
Enrollment: 4,158
Loan Default Rate: $11.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.24%
Graduation Rate: 11.20%
Median Borrowing: 2,000.00%
Median Payment: 20.88%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 18 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.61192.20%

Beaufort County Community College

5337 Highway 264 East, Washington, NC - 27889 (252) 946-6194

Beaufort County Community College is located in Washington, North Carolina.  They offer an associate's degree program.  They also offer an advanced placement option for LPNs.  Students who enter the program under the advanced placement option must have been employed as an LPN within the past 12 months.  They also offer an ADN to PN option; this is available for students who are not successful with their studies in the ADN program.

Campus: Washington, NC
Net Price: $9,609.00
Enrollment: 2,019
Loan Default Rate: $6.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $33.09%
Graduation Rate: 17.70%
Median Borrowing: 7,793.00%
Median Payment: 81.37%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 19 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6192.00%

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

1333 Jake Alexander Blvd, Salisbury, NC - 28146-1595 (704) 216-3602

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is located in Salisbury, North Carolina.  RCCC offers a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  ADN program participants are required to earn their certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification prior to enrollment in the program.

Campus: Salisbury, NC
Net Price: $5,003.00
Enrollment: 6,731
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $412.60%
Graduation Rate: 35.10%
Median Borrowing: 6,500.00%
Median Payment: 67.87%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 19 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6192.00%

Robeson Community College

5160 Fayetteville Rd, Lumberton, NC - 28360 (910) 272-3700

Robeson Community College is located in Lumberton, North Carolina.  RCC offers an 2 ADN options – a general ADN option and a premajor nursing option.  The premajor option allows the student to take university credits in preparation for a BSN degree after graduation from RCC, which will transfer to a variety of North Carolina universities.

Campus: Lumberton, NC
Net Price: $7,465.00
Enrollment: 2,260
Transfer Out Rate: 9.20%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-23.32%
Graduation Rate: 21.60%
Median Borrowing: 10,500.00%
Median Payment: 109.63%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 21 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.58191.60%

Wake Technical Community College

9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC - 27603-5696 (919) 866-5000

Wake Technical Community College is located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  They offer an ADN degree and an advanced placement option for LPNs.  The WTCC Department of Nursing is “proud of our reputation in the community for preparing excellent, well-qualified nurses.”

Campus: Raleigh, NC
Net Price: $8,147.00
Enrollment: 19,160
Transfer Out Rate: 25.20%
Loan Default Rate: $14.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.79%
Graduation Rate: 16.40%
Median Borrowing: 7,444.00%
Median Payment: 77.72%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 22 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.57191.40%

Brunswick Community College

50 College Rd, Bolivia, NC - 28422-9021 (910) 755-7300

Brunswick Community College is located in Bolivia, North Carolina.  BCC offers a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  Their ADN program requires that its students complete a certified nursing aide (CNA) certification or have their LPN prior to enrollment in the program.

Campus: Bolivia, NC
Net Price: $7,606.00
Enrollment: 1,809
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $22.76%
Graduation Rate: 23.70%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 23 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.55191.00%

Coastal Carolina Community College

444 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC - 28546-6816 (910) 455-1221

Coastal Carolina Community College is located in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  CCCC offers a practical nursing program and an ADN program.  They also offer an ADN transition option, which allows LPNs to have advanced placement into the second semester of the program.

Campus: Jacksonville, NC
Net Price: $8,805.00
Enrollment: 4,433
Transfer Out Rate: 23.10%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.56%
Graduation Rate: 24.50%
Median Borrowing: 4,750.00%
Median Payment: 49.60%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 23 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.55191.00%

Lenoir Community College

231 Highway 58 South, Kinston, NC - 28502-0188 (252) 527-6223

Lenoir Community College is located in Kinston, North Carolina.  LCC offers a practical nursing program, an ADN program and they also offer an advanced placement option for LPNs.  They offer a traditional program and also an evening program, making it easier for the working nurse to further their education.

Campus: Kinston, NC
Net Price: $5,744.00
Enrollment: 2,813
Loan Default Rate: $6.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $24.38%
Graduation Rate: 12.00%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 25 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.53190.60%

Surry Community College

630 S. Main St., Dobson, NC - 27017-8432 33638713

Surry Community College is located in Dobson, North Carolina.  They offer a practical nursing program, an ADN program, and a separate LPN to ADN program.  The programs uses a points system to determine entrance in the program.

Campus: Dobson, NC
Net Price: $9,012.00
Enrollment: 3,454
Transfer Out Rate: 20.80%
Loan Default Rate: $21.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $26.72%
Graduation Rate: 24.30%
Median Borrowing: 5,700.00%
Median Payment: 59.51%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 26 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.51190.20%

Craven Community College

800 College Ct, New Bern, NC - 28562-4900 (252) 638-7200

Craven Community College is located in New Bern, North Carolina.  Their nursing department offers an LPN program, an ADN program and a transition option, which allows LPNs to enter the ADN program with advanced standing.  CCC is a military friendly institution, meaning that their programs are designed to be flexible for those with a military career and their dependents.

Campus: New Bern, NC
Net Price: $9,553.00
Enrollment: 3,376
Transfer Out Rate: 27.90%
Loan Default Rate: $19.80
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $33.78%
Graduation Rate: 12.40%
Median Borrowing: 9,000.00%
Median Payment: 93.97%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 27 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5190.00%

Western Piedmont Community College

1001 Burkemont Ave, Morganton, NC - 28655-4511 (828) 438-6000

Western Piedmont Community College is located in Morganton, North Carolina.  WPCC offers an associate's degree in nursing.  They are proud to note that in 2008, they were one of seven North Carolina community colleges to be designated an “exceptional” community college.

Campus: Morganton, NC
Net Price: $7,763.00
Enrollment: 2,352
Loan Default Rate: $39.90
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $67.49%
Graduation Rate: 23.60%
Median Borrowing: 7,000.00%
Median Payment: 73.09%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 27 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5190.00%

Edgecombe Community College

2009 W Wilson St, Tarboro, NC - 27886 (252) 823-5166

Edgecombe Community College is located in Tarboro, North Carolina.  They offer a practical nursing program, an ADN program and an advanced placement option for LPNs.  ECC serves over 13,000 students on its 2 campuses; they received a national award in 2013 for preparing their students to be successful in the workplace.

Campus: Tarboro, NC
Net Price: $7,561.00
Enrollment: 2,808
Loan Default Rate: $27.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $20.25%
Graduation Rate: 11.90%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 29 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.48189.60%

Pitt Community College

1986 Pitt Tech Road, Winterville, NC - 28590 (252) 493-7200
Campus: Winterville, NC
Net Price: $4,626.00
Enrollment: 8,902
Transfer Out Rate: 33.20%
Loan Default Rate: $23.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.01%
Graduation Rate: 12.70%
Median Borrowing: 7,964.00%
Median Payment: 83.15%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 29 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.48189.60%

Richmond Community College

1042 W Hamlet Ave, Hamlet, NC - 28345-1189 (910) 410-1700
Campus: Hamlet, NC
Net Price: $6,579.00
Enrollment: 2,664
Transfer Out Rate: 20.60%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $23.69%
Graduation Rate: 16.00%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 31 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.46189.20%

Johnston Community College

245 College Road, Smithfield, NC - 27577-2350 (919) 934-3051
Campus: Smithfield, NC
Net Price: $7,503.00
Enrollment: 4,235
Transfer Out Rate: 35.80%
Loan Default Rate: $22.10
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-11.02%
Graduation Rate: 29.00%
Median Borrowing: 9,000.00%
Median Payment: 93.97%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 32 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.45189.00%

Mayland Community College

200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine, NC - 28777 (828) 766-1273
Campus: Spruce Pine, NC
Net Price: $10,675.00
Enrollment: 1,254
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.06%
Graduation Rate: 34.20%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 32 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.45189.00%

Wilson Community College

902 Herring Ave, Wilson, NC - 27893-3310 (252) 291-1195
Campus: Wilson, NC
Net Price: $8,387.00
Enrollment: 2,117
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $32.12%
Graduation Rate: 24.50%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 34 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4335188.67%

Bladen Community College

7418 NC Hwy 41 West, Dublin, NC - 28332 (910) 879-5500
Campus: Dublin, NC
Net Price: $9,145.00
Enrollment: 1,199
Transfer Out Rate: 16.60%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $122.89%
Graduation Rate: 12.30%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 35 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.41188.20%

Durham Technical Community College

1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC - 27703-5023 (919) 536-7200
Campus: Durham, NC
Net Price: $4,984.00
Enrollment: 5,605
Transfer Out Rate: 18.70%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $16.37%
Graduation Rate: 11.60%
Median Borrowing: 6,916.00%
Median Payment: 72.21%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 36 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4188.00%

Vance-Granville Community College

200 Community College Road, Henderson, NC - 27537 (252) 492-2061
Campus: Henderson, NC
Net Price: $8,359.00
Enrollment: 4,008
Transfer Out Rate: 12.80%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $51.79%
Graduation Rate: 28.30%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 37 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.39187.80%

Wayne Community College

3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, NC - 27534-8002 (919) 735-5151
Campus: Goldsboro, NC
Net Price: $3,855.00
Enrollment: 3,837
Transfer Out Rate: 18.20%
Loan Default Rate: $15.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-5.63%
Graduation Rate: 17.90%
Median Borrowing: 5,250.00%
Median Payment: 54.82%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 38 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3335186.67%

Queens University of Charlotte

1900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC - 28274-0001 (704) 337-2200
Campus: Charlotte, NC
Net Price: $24,751.00
Enrollment: 1,734
Transfer Out Rate: 40.30%
Loan Default Rate: $5.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $26.57%
Graduation Rate: 51.70%
Median Borrowing: 21,000.00%
Median Payment: 219.26%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 39 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.33186.60%

Southeastern Community College

4564 Chadbourn Hwy, Whiteville, NC - 28472-5422 91064312
Campus: Whiteville, NC
Net Price: $7,990.00
Enrollment: 1,402
Loan Default Rate: $37.50
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $32.22%
Graduation Rate: 9.60%
Median Borrowing: 8,093.00%
Median Payment: 84.50%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 40 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.31186.20%

Davidson County Community College

297 Davidson Community College Rd, Thomasville, NC - 27360-7385 (336) 249-8186
Campus: Thomasville, NC
Net Price: $7,448.00
Enrollment: 4,073
Transfer Out Rate: 20.50%
Loan Default Rate: $22.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-18.68%
Graduation Rate: 26.10%
Median Borrowing: 8,750.00%
Median Payment: 91.36%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 41 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.28185.60%

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC - 28801-4897 (828) 254-1921
Campus: Asheville, NC
Net Price: $11,258.00
Enrollment: 8,092
Transfer Out Rate: 9.00%
Loan Default Rate: $17.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.20%
Graduation Rate: 17.90%
Median Borrowing: 9,028.00%
Median Payment: 94.26%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 42 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.27185.40%

Blue Ridge Community College

180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC - 28731-4728 (828) 694-1700
Campus: Flat Rock, NC
Net Price: $8,671.00
Enrollment: 2,324
Transfer Out Rate: 12.40%
Loan Default Rate: $24.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $34.92%
Graduation Rate: 17.10%
Median Borrowing: 5,491.00%
Median Payment: 57.33%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 43 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.22184.40%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, NC - 28303-0236 (910) 678-8400
Campus: Fayetteville, NC
Net Price: $4,595.00
Enrollment: 12,398
Transfer Out Rate: 12.70%
Loan Default Rate: $26.20
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-63.88%
Graduation Rate: 7.20%
Median Borrowing: 6,146.00%
Median Payment: 64.17%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 43 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.22184.40%

Guilford Technical Community College

601 High Point Rd., Jamestown, NC - 27282 (336) 334-4822
Campus: Jamestown, NC
Net Price: $12,722.00
Enrollment: 13,656
Transfer Out Rate: 25.30%
Loan Default Rate: $29.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.38%
Graduation Rate: 9.60%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 44 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.22184.40%

Alamance Community College

1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC - 27253-8000 (336) 578-2002
Campus: Graham, NC
Net Price: $10,641.00
Enrollment: 4,161
Transfer Out Rate: 15.30%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $19.13%
Graduation Rate: 10.70%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 46 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2184.00%

Southwestern Community College

447 College Dr, Sylva, NC - 28779 (828) 339-4000
Campus: Sylva, NC
Net Price: $7,943.00
Enrollment: 2,242
Loan Default Rate: $18.50
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-4.23%
Graduation Rate: 32.50%
Median Borrowing: 7,919.00%
Median Payment: 82.68%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 47 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.16183.20%

Central Piedmont Community College

1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC - 28204 (704) 330-2722
Campus: Charlotte, NC
Net Price: $10,937.00
Enrollment: 20,198
Transfer Out Rate: 20.50%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $34.63%
Graduation Rate: 11.60%
Median Borrowing: 5,250.00%
Median Payment: 54.82%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 48 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.11182.20%

South Piedmont Community College

680 Highway 74 West, Polkton, NC - 28135 (704) 272-5300
Campus: Polkton, NC
Net Price: $7,832.00
Enrollment: 2,776
Transfer Out Rate: 20.90%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $21.37%
Graduation Rate: 34.90%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 49 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.06181.20%

South College-Asheville

140 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC - 28803 (828) 398-2500
Campus: Asheville, NC
Net Price: $29,428.00
Enrollment: 256
Loan Default Rate: $19.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $18.04%
Graduation Rate: 42.90%
Median Borrowing: 14,750.00%
Median Payment: 154.01%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 50 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.05181.00%

Catawba Valley Community College

2550 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC - 28602-0699 82832813
Campus: Hickory, NC
Net Price: $11,137.00
Enrollment: 4,561
Loan Default Rate: $19.60
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $105.29%
Graduation Rate: 20.70%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 51 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4180.00%

Nash Community College

522 N. Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC - 27804 (252) 443-4011
Campus: Rocky Mount, NC
Net Price: $6,344.00
Enrollment: 3,279
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $43.30%
Graduation Rate: 7.50%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 52 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.875177.50%

Halifax Community College

100 College Drive, Weldon, NC - 27890 (252) 536-4221
Campus: Weldon, NC
Net Price: $3,134.00
Enrollment: 1,353
Transfer Out Rate: 19.90%
Loan Default Rate: $39.50
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-22.52%
Graduation Rate: 25.90%
Median Borrowing: 5,122.00%
Median Payment: 53.48%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 53 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.86177.20%

Piedmont Community College

1715 College Dr, Roxboro, NC - 27573 (336) 599-1181
Campus: Roxboro, NC
Net Price: $9,931.00
Enrollment: 1,591
Transfer Out Rate: 14.90%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $76.11%
Graduation Rate: 29.00%
Median Borrowing: 7,750.00%
Median Payment: 80.92%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 54 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.77175.40%

Rockingham Community College

Hwy 65w County Home Rd, Wentworth, NC - 27375-0038 (336) 342-4261
Campus: Wentworth, NC
Net Price: $7,416.00
Enrollment: 1,854
Transfer Out Rate: 17.90%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $38.54%
Graduation Rate: 14.80%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 55 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.63172.60%

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

109 Community College Rd, Ahoskie, NC - 27910-9522 (252) 862-1200
Campus: Ahoskie, NC
Net Price: $3,534.00
Enrollment: 933
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $193.04%
Graduation Rate: 37.70%
Median Borrowing: 3,775.00%
Median Payment: 39.42%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 56 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.45169.00%

ITT Technical Institute-High Point

4050 Piedmont Parkway, Ste 110, High Point, NC - 27265 (336) 819-5900
Campus: High Point, NC
Net Price: $24,275.00
Enrollment: 451
Loan Default Rate: $22.40
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $10.28%
Median Borrowing: 23,217.00%
Median Payment: 242.41%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in North Carolina

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Cleveland Community College N/A Shelby, NC JRCERT
N/A Haywood Community College N/A Clyde, NC JRCERT
N/A Isothermal Community College N/A Spindale, NC JRCERT
N/A McDowell Technical Community College N/A Marion, NC JRCERT
N/A Tri-County Community College N/A Murphy, NC JRCERT

LPN to BSN Programs in North Carolina

RN to BSN programs can be completed online through a web-enhanced program or in a traditional campus setting. Programs are designed with flexibility to meet the need of busy, working nurses. Programs can be completed in about a year of full-time study or part-time in about 3-5 semesters. There are also classes offered in the day and evening. Before students can enroll, they must have an active RN license, complete the Global courses, and pass Special examinations.

 

North Carolina RN Licensing Requirements

Before licensure can be obtained, a registered nurse must complete an approved nursing program in North Carolina or a professional nursing program that has been approved by the board in one of the other states. Coursework completed online will be accepted as long as the program is accredited.

RN Licensure by Exams

Candidates who are applying for licensure by examination will need to pass a background check and NCLEX exam. In-state candidates will be required to have prints done through Live Scan. The application for licensure will cost $75. After this step, the candidate will apply for the licensing exam through Pearson VUE and pay the $200 testing fee. When authorization to test has been received, the candidate can schedule the computer-adapted exam. Candidates will be fully licensed when the credential has been verified online.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Nurses who obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states can obtain licensure in North Carolina by endorsement. The fee for license by endorsement is $150. Candidates will be allowed to work under a temporary license while paperwork is being processed. A notarized copy of the license and official verification will also be required.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who completed their education in a foreign country are required to have their education evaluated by either the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools or Josef Silny & Associates. International candidates will be required to take an English proficiency exam unless they completed their education in one of the following nations/ territories: Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Guam, Ireland, the Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Samoa, The United Kingdom, or the Virgin Islands. The accepted exams are the IELTS and the TOEFL. This requirement must be met before the candidate can be authorized to take the NCLEX. They must also submit a criminal background check and submit a social security number before licensure can be issued.

Total Schools: 21

Ranked Schools: 18

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 51100.00%

Fayetteville State University

1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, NC - 28301-4298 (910) 672-1111

Fayetteville State University is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Fayetteville State University offers a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program has two options – a full-time option that is 2.5 semesters and a part-time option that is 5 semesters.  The traditional program requires students to attend on a full-time basis.

Campus: Fayetteville, NC
Net Price: $5,914.00
Enrollment: 5,410
Transfer Out Rate: 22.70%
Loan Default Rate: $13.20
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $61.01%
Graduation Rate: 32.20%
Median Borrowing: 17,231.00%
Median Payment: 179.91%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.93198.60%

Western Carolina University

Highway 107, Cullowhee, NC - 28723-9646 (828) 227-7100

Western Carolina University is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina.  Their nursing department offers a pre-licensure BSN program, an accelerated BSN program (allowing a student with a prior bachelor's degree to obtain a BSN degree) and an RN to BSN program, which is an online program.  Their programs are also offered at Biltmore Park Towne Square in Asheville, North Carolina; this location offers only a selection of majors, nursing being one of the few.

Campus: Cullowhee, NC
Net Price: $11,978.00
Enrollment: 8,448
Transfer Out Rate: 24.10%
Loan Default Rate: $8.10
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $31.22%
Graduation Rate: 51.10%
Median Borrowing: 16,237.00%
Median Payment: 169.53%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.91198.20%

Duke University

103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC - 27708 (919) 684-8111

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina.  The Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is unique in that their only BSN program is an accelerated BSN (ABSN) – it is designed for adult learners with a prior bachelors degree.  DUSON's primary focus is on educating nurses to advanced degrees; in fact, aside from the ABSN degree students, they graduated their last BSN students in 1983.

Campus: Durham, NC
Net Price: $19,116.00
Enrollment: 6,646
Loan Default Rate: $1.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-16.45%
Graduation Rate: 94.20%
Median Borrowing: 6,569.00%
Median Payment: 68.59%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8196.00%

East Carolina University

East 5th Street, Greenville, NC - 27858-4353 (252) 328-6131

East Carolina University is located in Greenville, North Carolina.  They offer several BSN degree options – a traditional BSN degree, an accelerated BSN degree (for second degree students), an an RN to BSN degree.  East Carolina University has been in existence since 1908, when it broke ground as a teachers training institution.

Campus: Greenville, NC
Net Price: $11,782.00
Enrollment: 21,508
Transfer Out Rate: 18.90%
Loan Default Rate: $6.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $23.84%
Graduation Rate: 56.30%
Median Borrowing: 20,318.00%
Median Payment: 212.14%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.78195.60%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC - 27599 (919) 962-2211

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is located in Chapel  Hill, North Carolina.  UNC offers a bachelor's degree.  Unique to their program is the RN to MSN option that they offer, in addition to various other graduate and doctoral options.  UNC's BSN program originated in 1950, and was the first baccalaureate nursing program in North Carolina.  They were also the first to offer an MSN program in North Carolina, in 1955.

Campus: Chapel Hill, NC
Net Price: $11,994.00
Enrollment: 18,370
Transfer Out Rate: 2.30%
Loan Default Rate: $2.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.76%
Graduation Rate: 90.00%
Median Borrowing: 16,000.00%
Median Payment: 167.06%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.76195.20%

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

One University Drive, Pembroke, NC - 28372-1510 (910) 521-6000

University of North Carolina at Pembroke is located in Pembroke, North Carolina.  UNC Pembroke was founded in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School and educated American Indian teachers.  Today, 62% of the student population is a minority.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program; they also partner with local community colleges in the RIBN program.

Campus: Pembroke, NC
Net Price: $9,632.00
Enrollment: 5,429
Transfer Out Rate: 31.30%
Loan Default Rate: $15.90
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $31.75%
Graduation Rate: 32.70%
Median Borrowing: 14,250.00%
Median Payment: 148.79%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.66193.20%

University of North Carolina Wilmington

601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC - 28403-5963 (910) 962-3000

University of North Carolina Wilmington is located in Wilmington, North Carolina.  They offer a prelicensure BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is offered online.  The RN to BSN program has six start-times throughout the year, making it a desirable option for the working nurse.

Campus: Wilmington, NC
Net Price: $12,089.00
Enrollment: 12,447
Transfer Out Rate: 12.90%
Loan Default Rate: $6.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $22.67%
Graduation Rate: 71.00%
Median Borrowing: 18,150.00%
Median Payment: 189.51%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.56191.20%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1400 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC - 27402-6170 (336) 334-5000

University of North Carolina at Greensboro is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.  They have a traditional BSN option, BSN for second-degree students and an RN to BSN option.  Their nursing program “is recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education—one of just three in North Carolina.”

Campus: Greensboro, NC
Net Price: $9,581.00
Enrollment: 14,753
Transfer Out Rate: 21.80%
Loan Default Rate: $7.50
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $29.91%
Graduation Rate: 55.40%
Median Borrowing: 17,824.00%
Median Payment: 186.10%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.49189.80%

Lenoir-Rhyne University

625 7th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC - 28601 (828) 328-1741
Campus: Hickory, NC
Net Price: $19,715.00
Enrollment: 1,491
Loan Default Rate: $11.50
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $11.06%
Graduation Rate: 48.80%
Median Borrowing: 20,612.00%
Median Payment: 215.21%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.43188.60%

Winston-Salem State University

601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, NC - 27110-0001 (336) 750-2000
Campus: Winston-Salem, NC
Net Price: $8,340.00
Enrollment: 4,938
Transfer Out Rate: 18.90%
Loan Default Rate: $16.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $30.52%
Graduation Rate: 45.50%
Median Borrowing: 20,738.00%
Median Payment: 216.53%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4188.00%

Gardner-Webb University

Main St, Boiling Springs, NC - 28017-0997 (704) 406-2361

Gardner-Webb University is located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  The Hunt School of Nursing has had an ADN program since 1965 and has expanded to include a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program, an MSN program, which includes either education, FNP, or administration, and a DNP program.

Campus: Boiling Springs, NC
Net Price: $21,661.00
Enrollment: 2,587
Loan Default Rate: $9.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $12.99%
Graduation Rate: 54.90%
Median Borrowing: 20,344.00%
Median Payment: 212.41%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.37187.40%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC - 28223-0001 (704) 687-2000
Campus: Charlotte, NC
Net Price: $10,506.00
Enrollment: 21,503
Transfer Out Rate: 18.80%
Loan Default Rate: $6.20
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $16.17%
Graduation Rate: 53.90%
Median Borrowing: 17,500.00%
Median Payment: 182.72%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3665187.33%

Appalachian State University

Dougherty Administration Building, Boone, NC - 28608 (828) 262-2000
Campus: Boone, NC
Net Price: $10,203.00
Enrollment: 16,025
Transfer Out Rate: 13.20%
Loan Default Rate: $4.80
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $17.14%
Graduation Rate: 68.60%
Median Borrowing: 19,000.00%
Median Payment: 198.38%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.26185.20%

Barton College

200 ACC Drive NE, Wilson, NC - 27893-7000 (252) 399-6300
Campus: Wilson, NC
Net Price: $21,781.00
Enrollment: 1,057
Loan Default Rate: $9.20
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $9.24%
Graduation Rate: 48.40%
Median Borrowing: 25,000.00%
Median Payment: 261.03%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.15183.00%

North Carolina Central University

1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC - 27707 (919) 530-6100
Campus: Durham, NC
Net Price: $9,634.00
Enrollment: 6,220
Transfer Out Rate: 17.90%
Loan Default Rate: $16.80
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $44.18%
Graduation Rate: 39.70%
Median Borrowing: 23,365.00%
Median Payment: 243.96%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.07181.40%

Queens University of Charlotte

1900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC - 28274-0001 (704) 337-2200
Campus: Charlotte, NC
Net Price: $24,751.00
Enrollment: 1,734
Transfer Out Rate: 40.30%
Loan Default Rate: $5.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $26.57%
Graduation Rate: 51.70%
Median Borrowing: 21,000.00%
Median Payment: 219.26%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 17 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.74174.80%

North Carolina A & T State University

1601 E Market St, Greensboro, NC - 27411 (336) 334-7500
Campus: Greensboro, NC
Net Price: $7,613.00
Enrollment: 8,872
Transfer Out Rate: 13.40%
Loan Default Rate: $18.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $23.85%
Graduation Rate: 42.90%
Median Borrowing: 20,827.00%
Median Payment: 217.46%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 18 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.925158.50%

Pfeiffer University

48380 US Hwy 52N, Misenheimer, NC - 28109 (704) 463-1360
Campus: Misenheimer, NC
Net Price: $17,032.00
Enrollment: 951
Transfer Out Rate: 42.30%
Loan Default Rate: $10.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-2.87%
Graduation Rate: 48.10%
Median Borrowing: 17,750.00%
Median Payment: 185.33%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in North Carolina

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Lees-McRae College N/A Banner Elk, NC CCNE, TEAC
N/A Cabarrus College of Health Sciences N/A Concord, NC CCNE, TEAC, ACEN, AOTA
N/A South University-High Point N/A High Point, NC CCNE, TEAC, ACEN, AOTA

North Carolina RN Licensing Requirements

Before licensure can be obtained, a registered nurse must complete an approved nursing program in North Carolina or a professional nursing program that has been approved by the board in one of the other states. Coursework completed online will be accepted as long as the program is accredited.

RN Licensure by Exams

Candidates who are applying for licensure by examination will need to pass a background check and NCLEX exam. In-state candidates will be required to have prints done through Live Scan. The application for licensure will cost $75. After this step, the candidate will apply for the licensing exam through Pearson VUE and pay the $200 testing fee. When authorization to test has been received, the candidate can schedule the computer-adapted exam. Candidates will be fully licensed when the credential has been verified online.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Nurses who obtained licensure in one of the other 50 states can obtain licensure in North Carolina by endorsement. The fee for license by endorsement is $150. Candidates will be allowed to work under a temporary license while paperwork is being processed. A notarized copy of the license and official verification will also be required.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who completed their education in a foreign country are required to have their education evaluated by either the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools or Josef Silny & Associates. International candidates will be required to take an English proficiency exam unless they completed their education in one of the following nations/ territories: Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Guam, Ireland, the Mariana Islands, New Zealand, Samoa, The United Kingdom, or the Virgin Islands. The accepted exams are the IELTS and the TOEFL. This requirement must be met before the candidate can be authorized to take the NCLEX. They must also submit a criminal background check and submit a social security number before licensure can be issued.

North carolina LPN Jobs by City

North Carolina Job Outlook

There are approximately 86,150 registered nurses working in the state of North Carolina. It has been predicted that nursing is the fastest growing industry and will continue to grow through the year 2020. There is a great need for nurses who obtained a bachelor's degree. The mean annual salary for registered nurses in North Carolina is $59,290 and this tends to fluctuate with experience and education level. There are management and other executive positions available to a baccalaureate-prepared nurse who wishes to get away from bedside nursing.

North Carolina Registered Nursing Salaries

The Charlotte metropolitan area has the largest amount of registered nurses across the state. Registered nurses in the Durham metropolitan area make a higher hourly mean wage and annual median wage than nurses in any other party of North Carolina.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Asheville, NC 5,640 $29.82 $61,170
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 18,110 $28.49 $58,370
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 8,610 $32.29 $66,140
Fayetteville, NC 3,110 $29.96 $61,030
Goldsboro, NC 1,050 $26.66 $55,080
Greensboro-High Point, NC 6,050 $29.50 $60,410
Greenville, NC 3,070 $30.35 $62,490
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 2,800 $26.86 $55,050
Jacksonville, NC 710 $27.05 $54,870
Raleigh-Cary, NC 9,030 $28.98 $59,600
Rocky Mount, NC 1,250 $27.32 $55,740
Wilmington, NC 3,360 $27.14 $55,910
Winston-Salem, NC 8,110 $29.33 $60,290
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 3,460 $26.93 $55,520
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 6,560 $27.43 $56,660
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 5,030 $28.03 $56,950
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 3,160 $26.70 $54,630
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data