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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 by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission in 1970, a status that has been maintained since that time.


The mission of the Department of Nursing emerges from the challenge to meet the manpower needs for quality health care locally, nationally and globally.  The role and scope of the Department of Nursing are reflected in the characteristics of selected learning environments and their ability to enhance individual productivity in a changing society.  The Department of Nursing provides an essential service to improve the quality of life for all people through quality educational programs, research and scholarly endeavors, and community service.


The Nursing Department prepares ethnic and culturally diverse BSN graduates to function as beginning professional nurses who are able to:

  1. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts and nursing sciences to promote precise 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. Integrate leadership and communication skills, including informatics into the management of patient care.
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to community service.
  5. Collaborate with the multidisciplinary health team to improve the health care delivery system for all population groups.
  6. Accept responsibility for engaging in continuous learning.
  7. Utilize the research process and its findings in the practice of professional nursing.
  8. Demonstrate accountability for own professional behavior.

Degree Programs


The traditional nursing curriculum is offered for qualified high school graduates, transfer and second degree students and licensed practical nurses. The nursing curriculum is divided into a lower division and an upper division, each of which is two years for traditional students. The lower division courses provide knowledge in natural and social sciences with a liberal arts focus. The upper division courses are in the nursing major. Completion of 56 hours is required to obtain junior status for admission to upper division. All students must successfully complete three pre-nursing courses prior to admission to the upper division. 


The RN to BSN curriculum is web-enhanced for registered nurses licensed to practice nursing. Nursing courses are offered online to facilitate distance learning. While courses are available via the internet, several opportunities to visit the campus are available. Students in the RN-BSN curriculum matriculate into the upper division upon completion of any prerequisite courses and completion of a “Bridge Course”.

Second Degree Accelerated BSN

The second degree, accelerated BSN is a 16-month intensive curriculum. Students who have completed a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing are eligible to pursue admission into either the traditional or accelerated programs. All students are required to complete the pre-requisite courses prior to application to the accelerated program. Pre-requisite courses can be completed through the University.


The nursing program is nationally accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and has full approval by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

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.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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