Nursing is the largest healthcare occupation in the U.S., and Central Piedmont’s nursing program is the oldest of its kind in the state of North Carolina. Therefore, when you choose to enroll in our nursing program, you decide to learn at an institution that has built a reputation for producing quality healthcare practitioners for more than 50 years.

What You Will Learn

The Christa A. Overcash Associate Degree in nursing curriculum will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to:

  • integrate safety and quality into nursing care
  • practice in a dynamic environment
  • meet an individual's needs to positively impact their health, enhance their quality of life, and help them achieve their full potential

Our coursework includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team, providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics. Upon completion of the program, you will:

  • practice professional nursing behaviors incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence
  • communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team
  • integrate knowledge of the holistic needs of the individual to provide an individual centered assessment
  • use critical thinking, health informatics, and evidence-based practice to make sound nursing judgments to provide safe and effective care
  • implement caring interventions incorporating documented evidence based practice for individuals in diverse settings
  • develop a teaching plan for diverse patients and families and/or the healthcare team, incorporating teaching and learning principles
  • collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for positive individual and organizational outcomes
  • manage health care for the individual using safe, efficient, effective nursing strategies and quality improvement processes

Graduates are also eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse. Employment opportunities are vast within the global healthcare system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community healthcare facilities.

Students in this program may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases through the provision of clinical services. It is for this reason that students are provided instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including those published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please refer to our student OSHA hazardous communication standard (PDF) and student exposure classification bloodborne pathogens (PDF) forms.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Central Piedmont's nursing program is the oldest nursing program in the N.C. Community College System and has graduated more than 3,000 students since its inception in 1965. Our program has withstood the test of time because it has remained committed to the college’s mission – to provide a quality, affordable, and accessible education to all. During our more than 50 years at the college, our program has evolved and grown to meet the needs of today’s healthcare industry leaders and college student population. As a Central Piedmont nursing student, you will:

  • enjoy a flexible learning environment, including online courses in general education
  • learn from quality faculty who bring decades of experience into the classroom
  • benefit from our affordability, our two-year degree program is a fraction of the cost of other area nursing programs
  • learn in classrooms featuring state-of-the-art technology
  • participate in clinical training at a variety of sites around Charlotte and the Carolinas, providing excellent exposure to potential employers

In addition, our nursing program is approved by the NC Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), a mark of distinction certifying that the program adheres to the highest national standards of education. 

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Central Piedmont offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in nursing. The college catalog details the nursing program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

      Visiting Students

      If you wish to transfer nursing course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

      Corporate and Continuing Education

      Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

      College and Career Readiness

      If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

      College Credit for High School Students

      Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

    • Nursing Program Requirements and Application

      You must successfully complete all the required courses in the nursing program with at least a 2.0 grade point average. For detailed information on nursing degree course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

      Please note that students in this field are at a higher risk than the general population for Hepatitis B. If admitted into the program, is to your advantage to start the vaccination process for Hepatitis B as soon as you learn of your acceptance. Medical history and documentation forms will be distributed at the orientation following acceptance. Any applicant who is aware that they are carriers of Hepatitis B or C or are HIV positive are required to advise the State Department of Human Resources regarding ability to have patient contact. Students accepted into this program will be required to read and sign a bloodborne pathogen Form and OSHA's hazard communication form at the mandatory orientation session for new students.

      All applicants are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen per clinical agency and healthcare system requirements. More information on how to complete these requirements will be provided upon acceptance. If you are refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive criminal background check or drug screen, you will be unable to complete the clinical component of the course. Inability to complete the clinical requirements will result in a failure to progress in the program. Under North Carolina law some people with criminal backgrounds may be eligible for an expunction to remove charges or convictions from their record. If you would like to know whether or not you are eligible, contact Central Piedmont's Single Stop at 704.330.2722, ext. 6435 or email to schedule a legal consultation. To learn more about expunctions, explore the NC Justice Center’s guide.

      Nursing Program Application

      Application periods are October — January 31 (entry for fall semester) and April — August 31 (entry for spring semester). The application packet may be revised in September and March of each year, so be sure you are using the latest application version. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the stated deadline will not be considered for admission unless there are unfilled admission slots.

        The nursing associate has a competitive admissions process. Within each admission period, applicants are ranked according to:

        1. ATI TEAS scores
        2. required general education course grades
        3. earned degrees

        Admission decisions are sent to your Central Piedmont email address up to five weeks after the final application deadline. The nursing program is competitive. Each semester, the top 50 applicants are selected based on the highest scores for that admission period; there is no waitlist. Only students with top scores in the TEAS Reading, Math, and Total Academic Composite — including “Advanced” — will be considered for admission. Applicants who are not admitted are encouraged to reapply. It is important that you keep copies of your application and transcripts so you can resubmit them when you reapply — if you are not accepted for admission or decline your admission seat, your application will be shredded.

      • Locations

        Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

      • Course Delivery Methods

        • Classroom/Lab/Clinical
        • Combined (Classroom/Lab/Clinical and Online)

        Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

      • Nursing Careers

        Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed nursing career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

      • Costs and Aid

        Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

        Nursing Program Costs

        In addition to regular tuition and fees, there are laboratory fees assigned to courses with a lab/clinical component. Additional costs include textbooks, workbooks, medical fees for a physical exam, and drug screening and immunizations.

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      • Related Programs

      • Associate in General Education Nursing (A1030N)

        The North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina University System also have an articulation agreement for NC community colleges who have an associate degree in nursing and NC state-supported universities who have a Registered Nurse to Bachelor's in Nursing (RN to BSN) program. This agreement is in five blocks:

        • Block 1 is the required general education courses for the NC nursing associate degree programs.
        • Blocks 2 and 3 are additional general education courses required by the RN to BSN programs These courses can be taken at Central Piedmont and transferred to the NC RN-to-BSN program.
        • Block 4 is the nursing courses taken in the nursing associate degree program.
        • Block  5 is the BSN nursing courses. Block five is the only block of courses that must be taken from the university.

        The Associate In General Education Nursing (AGE-Nursing) is designed for students who wish to begin their study toward the associate degree in nursing and the Registered Nurse to Bachelor's of Science in nursing. These are the general education courses in Block 1 through Block 3. A student who completes an associate degree in nursing and holds a current unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN), will have completed four of the five blocks in the articulation agreement. He or she can then apply to the NC RN-to-BSN program.

        The nursing associate degree program has a competitive admission process. There is no guarantee that a student who completes all the general education courses will be admitted to the Central Piedmont or any other competitive admission program. However, because all nursing associate degree programs have the same base of general education courses, the student is prepared to apply to more than one program.

      • Admitted Students: Find Your Faculty Advisor

        If you have already been admitted to the nursing program, please contact us at or 704.330.6124. If you are a pre-nursing student looking for information about the nursing application or the admissions process, please call 704.330.6496 or email our admissions specialist.