Nursing

Christa A. Overcash Associate Degree in Nursing

Now is the time to pursue a career in healthcare. To get started, enroll at the college, then complete a program application using the instructions on this page. Program applications are currently being accepted by email only. Admissions Specialists are available to help you by phone or by email. Call 704.330.6284 or 704.330.6958 to schedule your personal phone appointment.

What You Will Learn

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. 

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.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our 2019 nursing graduates earned a 100%-employment rate and passing rate on their respective NCLEX-RN certification exam.

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.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Association of Nursing Students.

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.

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Our nursing students describe where they'll be working after they graduate.

The Details

Apply to the Program

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 ATI TEAS scores, required general education course grades, and 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.

    Meet with a program admissions specialist if you have any questions.

    • Review the program nursing essential functions (PDF) before applying for the program to determine if nursing is right for you.

    • Review the nursing pre-admissions guide (PDF) for ways to enhance your application and to get started on general education courses.

    • Watch the how to apply to a health program video.

      Submit the nursing program application (PDF). The deadline to apply has been extended to Thursday, April 1, 2021.

      Please email your completed application to either nazirah.pearson@cpcc.edu. If you emailed your application in between February 9 and March 5, 2021, please resend your application to nazirah.pearson@cpcc.edu. We do not want your application to be lost due to the technology interruption.

      If you took college courses at another school, please email an unofficial transcript to nazirah.pearson@cpcc.edu to complete your application packet.

      You will need to attach proof of a completed state-approved Nurse Aide I training (transcript or certificate) or an active unrestricted LPN license to your program application. Nurse Aide I training can be obtained at Central Piedmont or at any state approved program. You will also need to be listed on the current North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry as a Nurse Aide I without findings and attach a copy of the listing to your application. You can apply to the nursing program if you have completed the Nurse Aide I course and have been unable to take the Nurse Aide exam.

      You can meet with a program admissions specialist if you have any questions.