North Carolina Board of Nursing

Nursing Education

Programs in North Carolina

Approved Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs

Associate Degree

A nursing program leading to an associate degree is generally 2 years in length and is offered by a college that awards associate and/or applied science degrees. The nursing curriculum includes classroom and clinical experiences for patients across the lifespan in hospital, long term care, and community settings. The program prepares a minimal competent, independent nursing practitioner for these settings.

Graduates of approved associate/applied science programs earn a college degree and are eligible to apply to take NCLEX-RN. A RN license is awarded upon successful "Pass" on NCLEX and satisfaction of other licensure requirements.

Note: Information in this list, except for approval status, is based on data provided by the programs. The Board does not accept responsibility for its accuracy.

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  • Foothills Nursing Consortium - Spindale - Full Approval