Nursing Schools in North Carolina

The state of North Carolina is home to 87 nursing schools. This year (2018) we evaluated 77 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best in North Carolina.

NursingExplorer ranking system is statistical. We use the following factors when evaluating schools: NCLEX pass rates, programmatic and institutional accreditations. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

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Complete List of Nursing Schools in North Carolina

Listed below are all nursing schools in North Carolina. Please use the sort feature to view which schools have top RN and LPN programs along with their corresponding average NCLEX pass rates. Click on each school's name to view more detail about the school.

There are a total of 87 nursing schools in the state of North Carolina. And according to our database 1 schools have been closed permanently.

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Robeson Community College

Lumberton, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate100.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$8,932

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Johnston Community College

Smithfield, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate99.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$6,736

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate99.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$8,778

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

College of the Albemarle

Elizabeth City, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate99.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate93.3%
Cost per annum$6,836

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Brunswick Community College

Bolivia, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate98.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate98.0%
Cost per annum$7,249

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate98.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$13,646

Western Carolina University (WCU) is a public university in Cullowhee, North Carolina. It is part of the University of North Carolina, which operates a total of ten campuses. It was established in 1889 and is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the University of North Carolina ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Mitchell Community College

Statesville, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate98.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,385

Programs offered

  • ADN

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, NC
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate97.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$8,771

Programs offered

  • ADN

Duke University

Durham, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate97.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$19,950

Established in 1838, Duke University is a private university in Durham, North Carolina. The campus was originally located in Trinity and moved to Durham in 1892. The university has a sprawling campus spread over 8,600 acres on three connected campuses. The main campus includes the 210-foot Duke ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Lenoir Community College

Kinston, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate97.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$7,646

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Gaston College

Dallas, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate97.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate99.3%
Cost per annum$10,767

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$12,817

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • RN to BSN

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,218

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Surry Community College

Dobson, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$9,335

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Western Piedmont Community College

Morganton, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$5,590

Programs offered

  • ADN

Rockingham Community College

Wentworth, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate90.0%
Cost per annum$6,714

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate96.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,077

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is part of the University of North Carolina. Besides the Chapel Hill campus, there are nine other campuses throughout the state. The university was established in 1789, making it one of the oldest public universities in the country. It is also the ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,461

Programs offered

  • ADN

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate95.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$26,386

Queens University of Charlotte is a private university in Charlotte, North Carolina. The university was established in 1857. It was originally called the Charlotte Female Institute. The institute merged with the Presbyterian Female College in 1912 to become Queens College. It received ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Wayne Community College

Goldsboro, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate95.7%
Cost per annum$7,110

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Forsyth Technical Community College

Winston-Salem, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate92.0%
Cost per annum$5,402

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate83.3%
Cost per annum$3,157

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Carolinas College of Health Sciences

Charlotte, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$21,895

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Asheville, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate82.7%
Cost per annum$8,356

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Catawba Valley Community College

Hickory, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$9,608

Programs offered

  • ADN

Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate95.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$23,624

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN

Sandhills Community College

Pinehurst, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate94.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,611

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate94.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate93.7%
Cost per annum$6,301

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate94.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,167

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate94.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$5,787

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

South Piedmont Community College

Polkton, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate93.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate92.0%
Cost per annum$6,242

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Hudson, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate93.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$11,295

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Hickory, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate93.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,291

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Craven Community College

New Bern, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate93.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate97.3%
Cost per annum$8,028

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Richmond Community College

Hamlet, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate92.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate90.0%
Cost per annum$5,765

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Carteret Community College

Morehead City, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate92.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate81.7%
Cost per annum$13,132

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, NC
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate92.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$12,084

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Coastal Carolina Community College

Jacksonville, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate91.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate88.3%
Cost per annum$9,800

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate91.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,403

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate91.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,340

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is a public university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is one of ten campuses that belong to the University of North Carolina. It was established in 1892 by the son of former slaves. Dr. Simon Green Atkins founded the small Winston-Salem Teachers ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN

Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate91.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$19,543

Programs offered

  • BSN

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Concord, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate90.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$14,068

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

Pitt Community College

Winterville, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate90.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$5,660

Programs offered

  • ADN

Stanly Community College

Albemarle, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate90.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,584

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Wilson Community College

Wilson, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate90.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$12,146

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Sampson Community College

Clinton, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate89.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$7,696

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Mayland Community College

Spruce Pine, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate89.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,597

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Salisbury, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate89.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$4,780

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Blue Ridge Community College

Flat Rock, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate89.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$8,143

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate87.3%
Cost per annum$10,483

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Bladen Community College

Dublin, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate86.3%
Cost per annum$11,467

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Southwestern Community College

Sylva, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$6,566

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Randolph Community College

Asheboro, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$8,120

Programs offered

  • ADN

Vance-Granville Community College

Henderson, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate87.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate78.7%
Cost per annum$5,273

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate87.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,566

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Southeastern Community College

Whiteville, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate86.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate99.0%
Cost per annum$8,335

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Wingate University

Wingate, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate85.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$17,307

Programs offered

  • BSN

Halifax Community College

Weldon, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate84.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate71.0%
Cost per annum$3,019

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Alamance Community College

Graham, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate84.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$9,612

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

James Sprunt Community College

Kenansville, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate83.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$5,557

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate81.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$7,719

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Wilkes Community College

Wilkesboro, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate81.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$5,801

Programs offered

  • ADN

Nash Community College

Rocky Mount, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate80.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate76.3%
Cost per annum$6,988

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Barton College

Wilson, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate80.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$21,293

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Piedmont Community College

Roxboro, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate79.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$7,367

Programs offered

  • ADN

Durham Technical Community College

Durham, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate79.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate98.3%
Cost per annum$8,031

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Ahoskie, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate78.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$2,507

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Beaufort County Community College

Washington, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate77.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate84.3%
Cost per annum$10,203

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Methodist University

Fayetteville, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate73.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$30,543

Programs offered

  • BSN

North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate72.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,835

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is a public university in Durham, North Carolina. It is part of the University of North Carolina, with nine other campuses. It was established in 1910 as a training school. It was renamed the North Carolina College for Negroes in 1925 when it became the ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Central Carolina Community College

Sanford, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate71.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate80.3%
Cost per annum$7,535

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

South College-Asheville

Asheville, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate71.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • ADN

Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate60.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$24,251

Programs offered

  • BSN

Cleveland Community College

Shelby, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate97.7%
Cost per annum$454

Programs offered

  • LPN

McDowell Technical Community College

Marion, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate94.3%
Cost per annum$4,169

Programs offered

  • LPN

Montgomery Community College

Troy, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate83.0%
Cost per annum$8,045

Programs offered

  • LPN

Isothermal Community College

Spindale, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate67.3%
Cost per annum$4,976

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Mercy School of Nursing

Charlotte, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • Diploma

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, NC
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$9,548

North Carolina A&T State University is a public university in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was established in 1891 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race. It was the first college for people of color in the state. In became a regional university in 1967 and was ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN

Watts School of Nursing

Durham, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • Diploma

Montreat College

Montreat, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$19,427

Programs offered

  • Accelerated MSN

University of Mount Olive

Mount Olive, NC
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$15,063

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

Edgecombe Community College - Rocky Mount Campus

Rocky Mount, NC
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

ECPI University - Charlotte

Charlotte, NC
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

ECPI University - Greensboro

Greensboro, NC
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

ECPI University - Raleigh

Raleigh, NC
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

NEWH Nursing Consortium

Rocky Mount, NC
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following instructions are closed permanently.

ITT Technical Institute-High Point (Closed in 2016)
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