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Accredited Nursing Schools in North Carolina

In North Carolina and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in North Carolina accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and North Carolina campus locations, then request free information from any or all North Carolina nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Nursing Schools Explore your nursing or healthcare career opportunities with a top ranked university through The College Network. The College Network is a partnership of well known universities in the United States. For strategic reasons, these universities have joined together to share technology and best practices. The College Network offers accredited LVN / LPN to RN, Diploma RN to BSN, RN to BSN, LVN / LPN to BSN, RN to MSN and Health Care Administration Master Degree programs online and in home study formats. Nursing school degrees are accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC or NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the same accreditations as nursing schools in North Carolina with traditional on campus based nursing school programs. Dynamic programs allow you to complete general education and elective courses using comprehensive learning materials to pass proficiency exams (CLEP, Prometric, DANTES). Local clinicals are made available at nursing schools in North Carolina with no clinical testing, and costs are kept low with the added benefit of guaranteed financing.

North Carolina Nursing Schools No classes to attend, complete virtually 100% of your coursework from the comfort of your home. Currently licensed LPN's and RN's in North Carolina are pre-approved for financing. Fast-track options are available for most North Carolina nursing programs, however, you can complete your coursework at your own pace. Academic advisors are available 8am to 11pm Monday through Friday, and The College Network guarantees your academic success. Currently The College Network education partners are the National League for Nursing, Angelo State University, Bellevue University, Boston University, Cornell University, Deaconess College, Indiana State University, Regis University, Salve Regina University, University of Southern California, and Vicennes University. The first step to advancing your nursing career is to request free information from The College Network.

North Carolina Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

North Carolina Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in North Carolina

RNs: All nurses practicing in North Carolina must be licensed by the state in order to do so. Applicants looking to become certified to practice as an RN must meet educational and examination requirements. Educational requirements include graduation from an approved school of nursing or equivalent as defined by the state. Licensure by examination requires individuals to apply for and successfully complete the NCLEX exam. While the hiring requirements of employers is likely to vary, many are choosing to hire RNs with bachelor degrees in nursing. There are approximately 88,190 registered nurses practicing in North Carolina.

LPNs: There are approximately 17,280 licensed practical nurses practicing in the state of North Carolina. LPNs wishing to practice in North Carolina must be licensed by the state and meet educational and examination requirements in order to be able to do so. Educational requirements include the completion of a practical nursing program or equivalent program that is approved by the state. After completing educational requirements, LPNs must also apply for and successfully complete the NCLEX exam to be considered for licensure in the state of North Carolina.

The Best Cities in North Carolina for Nursing Jobs 

  • Charlotte. Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina with a population of over 730,000, according to the 2010 Census. The city is a major U.S. financial center and is home to several Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and medical centers. There are also plenty of museums, attractions, and arts and culture centers for residents and visitors to enjoy.  
    • RNs: Charlotte employs approximately 17,030 RNs, with the average salary coming to $58,600 annually.
    • LPNS: Charlotte employs approximately 2,530 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $41,190 annually.
  • Raleigh. The capital city of North Carolina and the second largest city in the state, Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The city is part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, which is one of the country’s most successful research parks and is home to numerous hospitals and medical centers. The city is also home to numerous museums, performing arts centers, various parks, attractions, greenways, gardens, community centers, public lakes, and aquatic facilities.       
    • RNs: Raleigh employs approximately 8,530 RNs, with the average salary coming to $61,030 annually.
    • LPNS: Raleigh employs approximately 1,890 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $38,930 annually.
  • Durham. The city of Durham is known as "The City of Medicine" with healthcare being a major industry in Durham. With more than 300 medical and health-related companies and medical practices, Durham is also home to several colleges and universities. The city is rich in culture and is home to many jazz festivals, blues festivals, symphony concerts, art festivals, art exhibitions, and live performances and films.       
    • RNs: Durham employs approximately 10,910 RNs, with the average salary coming to $62,160 annually.
    • LPNS: Durham employs approximately 850 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $42,220 annually.

Major Hospitals in North Carolina   

  • UNC Health Care. This is a non-profit medical center owned by the state and is composed of a children’s hospital, women’s hospital, cancer hospital, and a neurosciences hospital. With a mission to provide quality health care, educate health care professionals, and advance research to provide better overall community service, this medical center is one of three level I referral centers for North Carolina.
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  • Duke University Hospital. Located in Durham, Duke University Hospital is an academic medical center and the flagship teaching hospital for the Duke University Health System. This hospital has been recognized for a number of achievements including being the first hospital to perform a lung transplant, develop an outpatient bone marrow transplant, and dedicate a center exclusively to cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging.
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  • Forsyth Medical Center. Located in Winston-Salem, this hospital offers a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, and behavioral health services and is one of the largest and best equipped hospitals in North Carolina. The medical center has received numerous awards and recognition for its team approach to improve medication safety for patients, excellence and quality in nursing care, and national recognition for diagnosis and treatments of strokes.
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  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Located in Winston-Salem, this hospital is the largest employer in the county. The center includes primary care centers, outpatient rehabilitation, dialysis centers and home health care. Wake Forest has received numerous awards and recognition including the 3rd ranked medical school in the country, one of U.S. News and Report’s best hospitals, best doctor awards, and consumer choice #1 by National Research Corporation.
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  • Presbyterian Hospital. Located in Charlotte, and one of the largest health care institutions in the Carolinas, Presbyterian Hospital is a tertiary care center that provides numerous services for inpatients and outpatients. The hospital has been recognized nationally for is gastroenterology program and the Better Business Bureau gives the hospital ranking of A+ for its services and patient care.


Barton College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Wilson, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1902
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.barton.edu

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Louise Harkey School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Concord, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1942
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.cabarruscollege.edu

Duke University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Durham, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1838
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.duke.edu

East Carolina University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1907
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.ecu.edu

Fayetteville State University Southeastern North Carolina Nursing Consortium
Nursing School Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: N/A
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uncfsu.edu

Gardner Webb University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1905
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.gardner-webb.edu

Lees McRae College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Banner Elk, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1900
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.lmc.edu

Lenoir Rhyne College School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Hickory, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1891
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.lrc.edu

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1891
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.ncat.edu

North Carolina Central University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Durham, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1910
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.nccu.edu

Queens University of Charlotte School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1857
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.queens.edu

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1789
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.unc.edu

The University of North Carolina Charlotte School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1946
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uncc.edu

The University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1891
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uncg.edu

The University of North Carolina Pembroke School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Pembroke, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: N/A
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uncp.edu

The University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1947
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.uncw.edu

Western Carolina University Cullowhee School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1889
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.wcu.edu

Winston Salem State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1892
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.wssu.edu