CNA to LPN Programs Greensboro, NC

If you’re currently working as a nurse aide but always dreamed of being a nurse, you can use your training and experience as a CNA to your advantage and enroll in a practical nursing program. While some practical nursing programs may award credit to nurse aides listed in active status on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry, others will award extra points to give a competitive advantage in the selective admissions process. The practical nursing program will introduce you to the art of nursing, and you’ll learn how to provide safe and competent care under the direction of a qualified health professional. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to apply to take the practical nursing licensure exam and function as a valuable member of the health care team.

EPCI University

The practical nursing program at the College of Nursing at ECPI University is open to certified nurse aides. It covers an introduction to nursing and prepares students to provide care under the direction of senior healthcare practitioners. The curriculum will emphasize critical thinking, clinical reasoning, effective communication and collaboration, and nursing theory. It will cover 1,736 contact hours or 48.5 semester credit hours. Course topics include anatomy and physiology with terminology, freshman orientation, study skills, college composition, dosage calculations, pharmacology, concepts of nursing, medical surgical nursing, acute care nursing, role transition, normal lifespan, and introduction to psychology. Graduates will receive a Practical Nursing Diploma and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX for Practical Nurses. The duration of the program is 60 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Complete a personal admissions interview
  • Complete and submit an application for admission and an Enrollment Agreement
  • Provide an official high school transcript or GED test scores
  • Take and pass the admissions assessment
  • Complete requirements for admission to the School of Nursing including drug screen, background check and health requirements
  • Nurse aide applicants must be listed on the NA I registry

Tuition for the program is $9,720 per semester or $801 per credit. Students must also cover the cost of books, supplies, and fees.

  • Website: https://www.ecpi.edu/
  • Address: 7802 Airport Center Drive, Greensboro, NC 27409
  • Phone: (336) 665-1400
  • NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87%

Durham Tech Community College

The practical nursing program at Durham Tech provides students with the knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of patients and impact their quality of life. Certified nurse aides may enroll in the program to advance their careers and perform the duties of a practical nurse. The coursework builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. There will be an emphasis safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team. Course topics include basic anatomy and physiology, writing and inquiry, mathematical measurement and literacy, practical nursing, general psychology, and nursing transitions. Students will complete 44 credit hours to earn the Practical Nursing Diploma. Graduates re eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN exam to practice as a licensed nurse.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a Durham Tech enrolment application
  • Submit official transcripts – high school or college
  • Attend a ConnectSession – Student Orientation
  • Attend a Nursing Information Session
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Must demonstrate college readiness for college-level reading and math – proof of high school GPA of 2.8 or higher and transfer college credit for English and math. An associate’s or bachelor’s degree or ACT, SAT, GED, COMPASS, ASSET, or ACCUPLACER scores are also acceptable
  • Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or higher – Writing and Inquiry, General Psychology, Basic Anatomy and Physiology, Math Measurement

The estimated cost of tuition and fees is $3,997. The program is eligible for financial aid.

Davidson-Davie Community College

The practical nursing curriculum at Davidson-Davie Community College provides students with the knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of patients and impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential. The curriculum builds on the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Course topics include practical nursing, general psychology, developmental psychology, writing and inquiry, informatics, evidence-based practice, clinical decision making, caring interventions, communication, collaboration, teaching and learning, health policy, health care systems, and quality improvement. Students must complete a total of 47 credit hours. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX for Practical Nurses.

Admission criteria:

  • Provide evidence of achieving a high school diploma
  • Must demonstrate English and mathematics college readiness levels via college-level English/math courses or by completion of a waiver credit for specified transition
  • Must take the ATI TEAS and achieve a minimum score of 62
  • Must provide evidence of the successful completion of Anatomy and Physiology courses
  • Must complete the application process as described in the Practical Nursing Education Program Enrollment Packet
  • Must complete an approved Nurse Aide I training course and be listed as a Nurse Aide I with no substantiated findings before the first day of the Fall semester
  • Complete a criminal background check and drug screen
  • Must have up-to-date immunizations

Tuition for the program is $3,572. The cost of student fees is $386.25.

Forsyth Tech Community College

Forsyth Tech prepares certified nurse aides for a license and career as a practical nurse. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver safe and high-quality nursing care. There will be an emphasis on evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and individualized care. Course topics include practical nursing, general psychology, developmental psychology, writing and inquiry, informatics, evidence-based practice, clinical decision making, caring interventions, communication, collaboration, teaching and learning, health policy, health care systems, and quality improvement. Graduates will receive a practical nursing diploma and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX for Practical Nurses. The duration of the program is one year. Day, evening, and weekend classes are offered.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must demonstrate English and mathematics college readiness levels via college-level English/math courses or by completion of a waiver credit for specified transition
  • Must take the ATI TEAS and achieve a minimum score of 62
  • Must complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade C
  • Must complete an approved Nurse Aide I training course and be listed as a Nurse Aide I with no substantiated findings before the first day of the Fall semester
  • Complete a criminal background check and drug screen
  • Must have up-to-date immunizations

Tuition costs $912 per semester for resident students. The cost of books, supplies, and fees must be covered by the student.

Rockingham Community College

The practical nursing program at Rockingham Community College prepares nurse aides for a rewarding career as a practical nurse. The coursework builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. The content will emphasize safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics. Course topics include human anatomy and physiology, introduction to chemistry, introduction to chemistry lab, general chemistry, writing and inquiry, practical nurse, general psychology, and ethics in practice. The practical nursing diploma will be awarded after students complete 48 credit hours. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX for Practical Nurses. The duration of the program is 12 months.

Admission criteria:

  • Must complete the RCC admissions process
  • Must complete prerequisite coursework with a grade C or better
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher from all completed prerequisite and nursing general education courses
  • Must be in satisfactory academic standing with RCC
  • Must attend a mandatory Nursing Information Session
  • Must hold current certification in Adult and Child CPR issued by the American Heart Association
  • Must complete the TEAS exam with a minimum score of 58% – scores are valid for 234 months from the time of application
  • Must be listed as a Nurse Aide I with no substantiated findings
  • Must submit a one-page, double-spaced, typed statement responding to the questions: What makes you a strong candidate for the PN program at Rockingham Community College? What is the biggest challenge you will face in the PN program?

Tuition costs $983 per semester for resident students. Other expenses include medical exam, drug screen, background check, uniforms, immunizations, textbooks, accident insurance, nursing pin, malpractice insurance, nursing lab kit, and certification exam.

Wayne Community College

The practical nursing program at WCC prepares nurse aides with knowledge and skills needed to care for children and adults. Students will participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care. Instruction will take place in the classroom, lab, and at clinical sites. Course modules include practical nursing I, practical nursing II, practical nursing III, general psychology, college student success, basic anatomy and physiology, and expository writing. The practical nursing diploma requires completion of 42 credit hours. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The duration of the full-time program is 12 months. Admission to the program is limited.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have high school or college chemistry within 10 years of admission to the program
  • Must provide evidence of good physical and mental health including required immunizations and health screening upon admission
  • Must obtain a clear criminal background check
  • Must provide evidence of current certification in a AHA Basic Life Support CPR and AED course for Healthcare Professional that includes hands-on skill demonstration
  • Must submit to a drug screening

Tuition costs $1,283 per semester for North Carolina residents. Other costs for uniforms, books, supplies, insurance, background screen, drug screen, and licensure exam must be covered by the student.

  • Website: https://www.waynecc.edu/
  • Address: 3000 Wayne Memorial Dr., Goldsboro, NC 27534
  • Phone: 919.735.5151
  • NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91%

Cape Fear Community College

The Practical Nursing diploma program at Cape Fear Community College is open to adults with and without experience in health care. Certified Nurse Aides may apply to advance their career in nursing. They will acquire the skills to provide direct client care in all settings where nursing takes place . The curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life and achievement of potential. Course work builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. There will be an emphasis on safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. They will participate in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care in cooperation with other members of the health care team.

Admission criteria:

  • Current Nurse Aide I certification – qualifies for 5 points in the admissions process
  • Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or better
  • Must take and pass the TEAS with a minimum score of 50 in all four areas – Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language usage
  • Must be admitted to CFCC or have an active application status
  • Must submit official high school transcript
  • Must have an overall GPA oat CFCC of 2.5 or higher
  • Must complete a criminal background check and drug screen

The total program cost for in-state students is $6,979. It includes tuition, supplies, shoes, uniforms, lab kit, Kaplan package, criminal background check, NCLEX fee, pin, licensure, insurance, and Certified Background Package.

  • Website: https://cfcc.edu/
  • Address: 411 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
  • Phone: (910) 362-7000
  • NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87%

Crystal G

Crystal is a certified Registered Nurse (RN) with a passion for writing about nursing education. Through her articles, Crystal shares insights and tips to help fellow nurses enhance their skills and stay updated with the latest developments in the field. With a focus on practical advice and relevant topics, Crystal's writing is a valuable resource for nursing professionals seeking to advance their careers.