Nursing Schools in Charlotte, NC with Degree Information

Research nursing in Charlotte, NC, which currently has seven schools offering nursing programs. Read an overview of programs, admission info and program requirements for three Charlotte schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Comparison of Charlotte Nursing Schools

Students in North Carolina can find a variety of nursing schools in the Charlotte area. At Central Piedmont Community College, students can earn an associate's degree in nursing at the school's downtown campus. Queens University of Charlotte is also located downtown and offers an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and three graduate certificate programs. This school is home to a state-of-the-art patient simulation lab as well. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and graduate certificates in nursing. Many specialization options are available within these programs.

Central Piedmont Community College Queens University of Charlotte University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Nursing Degrees Offered Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Associate of Science in Nursing,
Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Graduate Certificates
Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Graduate Certificates
Related Programs Offered Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology, Human Services Technology or Medical Assisting Minor in Health Sciences,
Bachelor of Science in Allied Health
Bachelor of Science in Public Health or Respiratory Therapy,
Master of Science in Public Health
School Type Two-year, public Four-year, private Four-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 19,840* 2,491* 25,277*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $2,481 in-state; $8,625 out-of-state* $27,576* $5,873 in-state; $18,402 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2011) 58%* 99%* 76%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions 53% (2012)* 70% (2011)*
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2011) 57% for full- and part-time students* 70%* 78% for full-time students; 73% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011) 11% (23% transfer-out rate)* 60%* 53%*
Relevant Facilities N/A Patient Simulation Lab with four high-fidelity simulators, a birthing simulator and three low-fidelity Laerdal simulators N/A
Noteworthy Students must complete a nurse aide training program and be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry as nurse aides in order to be admitted to the program N/A Five specialties are offered within the Master of Science in Nursing program
Distance from Downtown (Driving Time) N/A - Central Campus located downtown N/A - campus located downtown 8.7 miles (18 minutes)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.


Programs at Central Piedmont Community College

At Central Piedmont Community College, students can earn an associate degree in nursing on the school's central campus.

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

To be admitted to the nursing program, students must complete a state-approved nurse aide training program and be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry as nurse aides. They also need to submit Test of Essential Academic Skills scores and provide transcripts from any previous coursework. Nursing classes cover health concepts, anatomy and physiology, psychology and holistic health. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is required in order to become a registered nurse.

Programs at Queens University of Charlotte

At Queens University, students can pursue many levels of nursing education. Programs range from an associate's degree to graduate certificates.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

The two-year ASN at Queens University of Charlotte provides generalist nursing instruction and enables graduates to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Coursework covers anatomy and physiology, psychology, child-rearing family nursing, microbiology and nutrition. Students must also complete a clinical practicum/preceptorship to prepare for the transition into the workforce.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The BSN offered at this school combines nursing coursework with classes in humanities, art and general education to prepare students for work in many settings and specialties. Students are admitted to Queens University as pre-nursing majors and are formally admitted to the program after completing prerequisite courses. Nursing coursework covers pharmacological interventions, pathophysiology, mental health nursing and the art and science of nursing. An RN-BSN program is offered to students already holding an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. An accelerated program is available to students with a bachelor's degree in another field.

Master of Science in Nursing

Students pursing the MSN at Queens University must select from a health systems management, nurse educator practices or clinical nurse leader track. The school also offers a combined MSN and Master of Business Administration degree program. Core nursing courses include health policy, health care informatics and research. Remaining coursework varies between specialties. The health systems management and nurse educator practices concentrations require 36 credits of coursework, while the clinical nurse leader track requires 38.

Graduate Certificates

Queens University of Charlotte offers two graduate certificate programs to students who have already earned their MSN. A Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Management is also available. The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Leader program includes six courses and enables students to take the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam. Coursework covers advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, professionalism and ethics in clinical leadership, management of the care environment and management of clinical outcomes; a residency is also included. The Graduate Certificate in Nurse Educator Practices includes five courses, covering issues and trends for the nurse educator, curriculum building and evaluation, teaching methods, human learning and intercultural communication.

Programs at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) offers a wide range of nursing programs and specializations. All programs are approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

UNCC offers two nursing bachelor's degree programs. Students with no previous nursing education can follow the upper-division nursing major. This four-year program provides liberal arts, science and generalist nursing coursework. Students are admitted to UNCC as pre-nursing majors. To be admitted to the upper-division nursing major, students must submit an application and complete prerequisite courses while maintaining an acceptable GPA. The process is competitive, and candidates with additional credentials are given priority.

UNCC's RN-to-BSN completion program is for students who have already earned an associate's degree or diploma in nursing and are licensed as registered nurses. The program consists of 31 hours of coursework and covers health assessment, aging and health, leadership in nursing, research and special topics. Students can take courses online or on campus.

Master of Science in Nursing

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing at UNCC can choose from many specializations, including nurse anesthesia, nurse administrator, nurse education, community public health nursing, nurse practitioner across the lifespan and an RN/MSN early entry program. The RN/MSN program is for students who have earned an associate's degree or diploma in nursing, are licensed as registered nurses and wish to continue their education by combining a bachelor's and master's program. The other concentrations prepare students for specialized careers in nursing. Coursework varies between specialties but generally covers health policy and planning in the U.S., health disparities and nursing, theoretical basis for nursing practice, biostatistics and special topics relating to the area of focus.

Graduate Certificates

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers nurse educator and nursing administrator graduate certificate programs and post-master's certificates in nurse anesthesia and advanced practice registered nursing. The graduate certificate options are distance-learning programs and can be taken by students who have completed BSN or MSN programs. Both graduate certificate programs consist of 12 semester hours of classes.

The Post-Master's Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia includes 52 credit hours of classroom and clinical instruction. This is a 27-month, full-time program. The Post-Master's Certificate in Advanced Practice Registered Nursing is a 21-credit program that can be completed in two years. The curriculum includes advanced primary care for different populations, pathophysiology, health assessment and an internship in family health nursing.

Other School Options

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is located 24.8 miles outside of Charlotte and offers an ASN and an RN-to-BSN program. Carolinas College of Health Sciences is located at the Carolinas Medical Center in downtown Charlotte and offers a two-year nursing program. Gaston College is located 23.5 miles from downtown Charlotte and offers a diploma and an associate's degree program in nursing. At Mercy School of Nursing, students can earn a diploma in nursing. Its campus is located 9 miles from the center of Charlotte.

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