The School of Nursing was established in September of 1966 under the leadership of the first Dean, Eloise R. Lewis. The first class of BSN students graduated in 1970. In 1976, the MSN program was initiated. The School began the PhD program Fall 2005. The School continues to offer both undergraduate and graduate programs with over 4,000 alumni. The School also offers an outreach program in Hickory, North Carolina for RN to BSN students and a concentration in education for MSN students.

The average passage rate for the NCLEX is over 90% for prelicensure graduates and all of the graduates from the nurse anesthesia program are nationally certified. The Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program leads to eligibility for national certification.

Students have the opportunity for clinical experiences in over 400 agencies throughout the state of North Carolina. The School supports four nursing clinics for the elderly as educational sites for students. All students are advised by nursing faculty.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
BSN for Second Degree Students
MSN Concentration Plans
Nursing Administration
Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Anesthesia
Nursing Education
Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
PHD Program
Post Master's Certificate Plans
Nurse Anesthesia
Adult Nurse Practitioner/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
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