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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in North Carolina

Around 0.4% of North Carolina's graduates graduate from nursing certificate programs every year. That means an estimated 779 licensed practical nurses graduate from North Carolina's 36 LPN schools each year.

Top Schools

Southeastern Community College, which was ranked 71st nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in North Carolina that has a LPN program. It is located in Whiteville. In 2010, 34 students graduated from Southeastern Community College's LPN program. The tuition rate at Southeastern Community College was $1,455 per year.

The second-ranked school in North Carolina with a LPN program is Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, which is located in Salisbury. In 2010, it was ranked 80th nationwide. 17 students graduated with certificate in LPN from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 2010. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College charged in-state students $1,920 in tuition fees per year.

Edgecombe Community College, which was ranked 80th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in North Carolina that has a LPN program. It is located in Tarboro. 18 students graduated with certificate in LPN from Edgecombe Community College in 2010. The tuition rate at Edgecombe Community College was $1,880 per year.


If you choose to attend a North Carolina LPN school, average tuition will be $1,831 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $1,454 per year to $1,984 per year. The North Carolina LPN schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Gaston College - located in Dallas, students are charged $1,984 per year
  2. Guilford Technical Community College - located in Jamestown, students are charged $1,981 per year
  3. South Piedmont Community College - located in Polkton, students are charged $1,946 per year

The lowest tuition rates at North Carolina LPN schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Vance-Granville Community College - located in Henderson, students are charged $1,454 per year
  2. Southeastern Community College - located in Whiteville, students are charged $1,455 per year
  3. Davidson County Community College - located in Thomasville, students are charged $1,466 per year

A LPN certificate from a North Carolina school... what next?

The highest percentage of LPN graduates in North Carolina pursue careers as a licensed practical nurse. If you decide to work as a licensed practical nurse in North Carolina, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 17,680 North Carolina licensed practical nurses as of 2010. In North Carolina, the largest numbers of licensed practical nurses work in the following counties:

  1. Anson County - 2,690 licensed practical nurses
  2. Bladen County - 1,890 licensed practical nurses
  3. Franklin County - 1,820 licensed practical nurses

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of licensed practical nurses in North Carolina will grow by 16%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 20,090 licensed practical nurses working in North Carolina.


A licensed practical nurse in North Carolina earns $40,560 per year on average. But, salaries for licensed practical nurses can vary. In 2010, licensed practical nurses made as little as less than $28,190 per year or as much as more than $54,060 per year in North Carolina. The following counties in North Carolina have the highest average salaries for licensed practical nurses:

  1. Chatham County - $43,300 per year
  2. Alamance County - $42,610 per year
  3. Anson County - $41,940 per year

The North Carolina counties with the lowest average salary for licensed practical nurses are:

  1. Onslow County - $36,660 per year
  2. Beaufort County - $36,940 per year
  3. Alleghany County - $38,570 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional North Carolina statistics regarding a career in nursing. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as LPN or RN to MSN.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Certificate in Nursing in North Carolina

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 17,680 $40,560 10.6%

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