The traditional nursing curriculum is offered for qualified high school graduates, transfer and licensed practical nurses. The nursing curriculum is divided into a Lower and Upper division, each of which is two years for traditional students. The Lower Division courses provide knowledge in the natural sciences and general education curriculum (GEC) with a liberal arts focus. The Upper Division courses are in the nursing major. Completion of the GEC courses and science prerequisites is required to obtain admission to the Upper Division. All students must successfully complete the Lower Division Pre-nursing courses prior to admission to the Upper Division.
Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 in the natural science courses (math, biology, and chemistry) when the application to Upper Division is submitted. The minimum cumulative GPA requirement is 2.7; however, the competitive GPA has been 3.00 or above. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is administered and used to evaluate a student’s math, science, reading, English, and language skills. A nursing instructor will evaluate applicants in a pre-nursing theory course and a pre-nursing skills course. The evaluations are used to determine a student’s readiness to begin the study of Nursing. Clinical locations are at a variety of health care facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and health departments in Durham, Wake, Orange, Chatham, Person, Vance, Granville and Franklin counties. Please contact the Office of Student Support Services at 919-530-7235 to make arrangements to meet with an advisor or have additional questions answered.