There is a strong demand for passionate, skilled nurses in the state of North Carolina. In fact, according to the College Foundation of North Carolina, registered nurses and nurse practitioners are among the top 30 occupations in the state with strong career prospects based on wages, growth rate, and number of job openings in North Carolina. So if you have a passion for nursing the future looks especially bright in North Carolina. There are a number of nursing training programs to choose from in the Raleigh area, including entry-level programs for those new to the field and programs aimed at experienced nurses who would like to grow their skillset.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry-Level ADN & BSN Programs in Raleigh, NC

If you are a recent high school graduate or are interested in changing careers and pursuing nursing, the place to begin is an entry-level training program. In the Raleigh area, these programs include LPN to RN programs, Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.

LPN to RN Programs

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) who would like more patient care responsibilities and a higher wage will likely need to earn her RN license and become a registered nurse. LPN to RN programs are designed to help LPNs pass the NCLEX licensing exam and become RNs. The Associate’s Degree in Nursing – Advanced Placement program at Wake Technical Community College is designed for LPNs and builds on the practical nursing foundation and provides more in-depth theoretical knowledge and enhanced technical nursing skills in an accelerated time frame.

ADN Programs

A traditional ADN program usually takes two years to complete and is typically offered at community colleges, technical schools, and some medical centers. Upon completion of an ADN program, students will be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam and for their first jobs as nurses. The ADN program at Johnston Community College had a first-time NCLEX pass rate of 98 percent in 2018 and is ranked among the best RN programs in the state by RegisteredNursing.org.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

As more healthcare employers seek nurses with a bachelor’s degree or higher, BSN programs are becoming more popular as the entry-level degree for a career in nursing. BSN programs generally take four years to complete and include general education courses in addition to in-depth nursing theory and practice classes. North Carolina Central University offers a traditional four-year BSN program, as well as an accelerated BSN program that enables students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to earn a BSN in 14-15 months of study.

Learn more about North Carolina Accelerated BSN Programs

Raleigh RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 RaleighNorth Carolina
NCLEX-RN Students Total7724,391
NCLEX-RN Students Passed7254,050
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate93.9%92.2%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Raleigh

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Raleigh based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for North Carolina out of 82 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Campbell University - #21
  • Duke University - #5
  • ECPI University - #19
  • Johnston Community College - #2
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - #20
  • Wake Technical Community College - #12
SchoolContact Information
Campbell University
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked North Carolina Program: #21 of 82
143 Main St.
Buies Creek, NC 27506
(800) 334-4111
Duke University
307 Trent Dr
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-9446
Durham Tech
1637 E Lawson St
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 536-7200
ECPI University
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked North Carolina Program: #19 of 82
4101 Doie Cope Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613
(919) 283-5748
Johnston Community College
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked North Carolina Program: #2 of 82
245 College Rd
Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-3051
North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 530-7232
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
174 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-3731
Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Rd
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 866-5000
Watts College of Nursing
2828 Croasdaile Dr #200
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 470-7348

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Raleigh, NC

In order to meet the demand for bachelor’s and master’s-educated nurses, many RNs are deciding to go back to school to earn a higher degree. So-called “bridge” programs because they provide a bridge from the ADN to a BSN or MSN, RN to BSN/MSN programs are specially designed with these nurses in mind.

RN to BSN Programs

RN to BSN programs are relatively quick to complete, sometimes in as quickly as one year of full-time study, and many are offered as online programs, providing even more convenience for busy working nurses. In addition to online programs offered by schools outside of North Carolina, North Carolina Central University offers a fully online RN to BSN program that can be completed in two semesters of study.

Learn more about North Carolina RN to BSN Programs

RN to MSN Programs

Aspiring nurse practitioners or other advanced practice nurses may be interested in RN to MSN programs, like the one offered at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. The RN to MSN program at UNC – Chapel Hill allows RNs with their ADN to enroll in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program upon completion of 9 credits of undergraduate nursing courses.

Learn more about North Carolina RN to MSN Programs

SchoolContact Information
North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27701
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Carrington Hall, S Columbia St
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Raleigh, NC

In the Raleigh area, nurses who wish to pursue careers in advanced practice nursing and become nurse leaders, administrators, nurse practitioners, and educators will need to enroll in an advanced practice nursing degree program. In Raleigh, options include traditional MSN programs, post-master’s certificate programs, and doctoral study programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy).

MSN Programs

A traditional MSN program prepares nurses for advanced practice careers, including as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, nurse leaders and more. Many MSN programs are available in online or hybrid formats and let students specialize their studies to prepare for their chosen career. The Duke University School of Nursing offers a MSN program with eight advanced practice nursing majors and three non-clinical majors to choose from.

Learn more about North Carolina Nurse Practitioner Programs

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Another option for advanced practice nursing study is a post-graduate certificate program. These programs are offered to nurses who have earned their MSN and would like to learn a new specialty. For example, Duke University School of Nursing offers a post-graduate certificate program for Nurse Informatics, which is primarily a distance learning program that requires just two days on campus.

Find out more about North Carolina Post-Master's Certificate Programs.

DNP & Ph.D. Programs

Doctoral study of nursing is the terminal level of study available to nurses. In the Raleigh area, nurses have the choice of advanced practice-based DNP programs and research-focused Ph.D. programs. The University of North Carolina offers both degrees in traditional on-campus formats.

Learn more about North Carolina DNP Programs

SchoolContact Information
Duke University
307 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-3786
The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
Carrington Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-2211
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Post-Doctoral Nursing Fellowships Programs
Carrington Hall, Campus Box #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 966-4260
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-2211