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RN in North Carolina

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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in North Carolina

Around 2.1% of North Carolina's graduates graduate from nursing degree programs every year. That means an estimated 4,494 registered nurses graduate from North Carolina's 75 RN schools each year.

Top Schools

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which was ranked 12th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in North Carolina that has a RN program. It is located in Chapel Hill. 246 students graduated with a degree in RN from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Tuition at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was $6,665 per year.

The second-ranked school in North Carolina with a RN program is Appalachian State University, which is located in Boone. In 2010, it was ranked 27th nationwide. In 2010, Appalachian State University graduated 43 students from its RN program. Tuition at Appalachian State University was $5,251 per year.

University of North Carolina-Wilmington, which is located in Wilmington, is the third-ranked school in North Carolina that has a RN program. It received a ranking of 28th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 102 students graduated from University of North Carolina-Wilmington RN program. University of North Carolina-Wilmington charged in-state students $5,322 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of North Carolina's RN schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $4,042 per year, though tuition can range from $25,290 per year to $1,422 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at North Carolina RN schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Lenoir-Rhyne University - located in Hickory, students are charged $25,290 per year
  2. Queens University of Charlotte - located in Charlotte, students are charged $23,752 per year
  3. Lees-McRae College - located in Banner Elk, students are charged $22,414 per year

The RN schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in North Carolina were:

  1. Randolph Community College - located in Asheboro, students are charged $1,422 per year
  2. Vance-Granville Community College - located in Henderson, students are charged $1,454 per year
  3. Southeastern Community College - located in Whiteville, students are charged $1,455 per year

A RN degree from a North Carolina school... what next?

A large number of North Carolina RN graduates become registered nurses. 90,730 registered nurses were working in North Carolina in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of North Carolina registered nurses:

  1. Anson County - 17,940 registered nurses
  2. Chatham County - 11,070 registered nurses
  3. Franklin County - 9,040 registered nurses

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of registered nurses in North Carolina will grow by 27%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 107,100 registered nurses working in North Carolina.


On average, registered nurses earn $60,260 per year. However, this number is only an average. registered nurses in North Carolina had varying salaries from $40,570 to $87,620 per year in 2010. On average a registered nurse earns the most in the following North Carolina counties:

  1. Chatham County - $63,030 per year
  2. Cumberland County - $62,910 per year
  3. Onslow County - $62,210 per year

On average, registered nurses earns the least in the following North Carolina counties:

  1. Alleghany County - $55,760 per year
  2. Beaufort County - $55,850 per year
  3. Edgecombe County - $57,220 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in nursing in North Carolina and to compare salaries with various related fields such as nurse assisting or forensic nursing, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing in North Carolina
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in North Carolina
  • Master's Degree in Nursing in North Carolina
  • Certificate in Nursing in North Carolina

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Registered Nurses 90,730 $60,260 25.8%

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