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The Department of Nursing was established in 1948. Initially, the Department offered a certificate in public health nursing. The RN-BSN program started in 1961. By starting the RN-BSN program, NCCU became one of the first universities in the United States to offer a baccalaureate in nursing to associate degree and diploma nurses. In response to the expressed need for a generic baccalaureate program, the Department of Nursing admitted its first class of generic or traditional students in fall 1969. The program received full accreditation in 1970, a status that has been maintained since that time, currently accredited with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


The Mission of the Department of Nursing is to create and maintain an optimum learning environment that embraces shared governance; foster leadership, scholarship, continuous discovery, and service that enable graduate professional nurses to deliver culturally competent care and to meet the needs for quality health care in a global society.

Program Objectives (Terminal)

The goals of the Department of Nursing are to prepare its graduates to function as beginning professional nurses able to:

  1. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts and nursing sciences to promote accurate decision making and culturally competent care.
  2. Utilize the nursing process within the context of therapeutic interventions to promote adaptation to changing client environments.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to community service.
  4. Integrate leadership and communication skills into the management of patient care.
  5. Collaborate with the multidisciplinary health care delivery system.
  6. Accept responsibility for engaging in continuous learning.
  7. Utilize the research process and its findings to advance the practice of professional nursing.
  8. Foster a culture of lifelong learning by supporting all faculty to participate in continuing professional development to perform with cutting-edge competence in practice, teaching, and research.


The Department of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and received a status of  “warning” in spring, 2015.  A follow-up visit is scheduled for the fall, 2017.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
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Atlanta, Georgia  30326
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The Department of Nursing has full approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 782-3211

Clinical Opportunities

A variety of health care facilities are used throughout the state to provide clinical experiences including hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and health departments in Durham, Wake, Orange, Chatham, Person, Vance-Granville and Franklin counties.


Over the past three years, the program has graduated 60-75 nursing students each year including both accelerated and traditional nurses, who are employed in various clinical/educational sites. Our graduates are leaders in the community and actively participate in professional organizations on both local and nationally. Our retention rate averages 85-90%.

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