Western Piedmont Community College

Morganton, NC 28655
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Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) is located in Morganton, North Carolina and is a member of the North Carolina Community College System. This community college was chartered back in 1964. WPCC offers 104 degrees, diplomas, and certificates in many different programs of study that can lead directly to great employment possibilities. The school has a respected workforce development program that has been training people for many years. The annual enrollment of WPCC exceeds 7000 and it is the goal of the school to provide the most high-quality educational experience possible in every field. The 300-acre campus of this school even has a tennis court and a pond.

The WPCC nursing program allows students to pursue associate’s degrees in nursing. It aims to teach students the proper knowledge of all nursing techniques in a safe, nurturing environment where they can hone their craft. Nursing students will be prepared for their professional lives and the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Upon graduation from the program, students will be eligible to apply to take the licensure exam. The associate’s degree in nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students1,834
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate67%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 5 22
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 96.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1968 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1981 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$76/credit
In State Students$76/credit
Out of State Students$268/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $3,420 $3,420 $12,060
ADN 70 $5,320 $5,320 $18,760
BSN 125 $9,500 $9,500 $33,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 75% of Western Piedmont Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 64% $4,952
Other Federal Grant 11% $478
State Grant & Scholarships 26% $1,675
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 3% $864
Federal Student Loans -- --
Private Loans -- $8,882


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$5,019
$30,001 to $48,000$5,542
$48,001 to $75,000$5,664
$75,001 to $110,000$8,489
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien
Two or more races

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and North Carolina state board of nursing.
Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Ave
Morganton, NC 28655

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