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Welcome from the Chair

Dr. Wanda Lawrence
Wanda K. Lawrence, RN, PhD

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to the Department of Nursing at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Nursing has been  on the campus of  NCCU since 1945. We take pride in preparing diverse nursing students for clinical practice and leadership.  The Department of nursing is committed to providing an excellent learning experience and welcoming environment for students and faculty. We are on an awesome journey to create a culture of eagle excellence! It is the department's goal to recruit and retain  academically talented and diverse students, who are destined for success.

You will find excellent faculty and a student population that is motivated to succeed and clinical sites necessary to help you achieve your goals.  Our state of the art building, completed in 2011 features technology enhanced classrooms and Eagle General Hospital, which provides students the opportunity to practice their skills in clinical skill training labs and in simulation labs.  The environment is a "safe" place for students to practice skills and increase competency.

The department offers three options leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).  The Traditional BSN program, the Accelerated BSN program,  designed for those students who hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree, in any field, and have completed the pre-requisite courses for nursing, and the RN-BSN program for graduates of associate degree programs who have an unrestricted North Carolina RN license. 

NCCU is launching a Nursing Veterans BSN option to provide veterans and medically-trained veterans, specialized support in an innovative and accelerated educational program to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. Veterans from any branch who have military health experience (nursing assistants, medics) are eligible for the accelerated option. Veterans enrolled in this option will receive individualized consideration for admission; will have assistance in computer skills and test-taking strategies to assist them in success.  The Veterans BSN option is targeted to begin Summer, 2016. 

The Department of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

It is an exciting time to be a nurse! I invite you to  come and Soar with the Eagles, and you will find amazing things happening in the Department of Nursing.


Wanda K. Lawrence, RN, PhD
Chair  and Professor

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