Nursing Programs

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Basic information for those seeking a nursing degree.

How to become a licensed registered nurse (RN)
  • Associate Degree Nursing Option 
    This Associate Degree Nursing Option is a five semester program that awards an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree. Completion qualifies you to take the licensure exam that is required for practice as a registered nurse. This program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 2129, Raleigh, NC 27602, (919)-782-3211,
  • Associate Degree Nursing Advanced Placement Option
    The LPN-to-ADN Advanced Placement Option provides an Advanced Placement option for currently licensed, unrestricted LPNs. This program will begin in the summer semester (it is 3 semesters in length).This advanced placement option is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 2129, Raleigh, NC 27602, (919)-782-3211,
  • WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Option
    Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Option is a four year program and is offered in collaboration with Western Carolina University. An Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is awarded at the end of the third year from AB Tech and a Baccalaureate in Nursing from Western Carolina University at the end of year four. This program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 2129, Raleigh, NC 27602, (919)-782-3211,
  • Transfer Process Overview
  • ABTCC Nursing Programs Student Handbook

Nursing Programs Admission Overview

These programs have a competitive selection process. The application period for Fall 2015 will begin in February 2, 2015 through March 13, 2015.  Click on a program below to view the specific admission criteria and timeframe for that program.  

Nursing's Mission Statement

As a community college nursing department, nursing faculty are dedicated to student success and committed to providing accessible, high-quality nursing education to meet the diverse and changing health-care needs of our community.

Your selection of Nursing as a program of study carries with it several important responsibilities.
  • The nursing student must be committed to the profession. Being a nurse requires self-discipline, physical, mental, and emotional stamina. As you give to others, you must often give a little of your own self. Therefore, if you commit yourself to learning this field, and are not reluctant to give, you may receive much more in return.
  • The nursing student must strive for excellence. The importance of providing good health care is paramount. When we, as health care providers, fail in our performance, the patient becomes the loser. Therefore, strive for excellence; our patients deserve our best.
  • Begin even now to plan for your continuing educational growth. Nursing is an ever-changing science. Advances in the field require new learning and a plan for your educational growth. Therefore, learn now what you can, but never expect to reach the summit of all knowledge in this field.
  • The nursing student should not become so overpowered by the technologies and complexities of nursing that he or she forgets the focus of the profession--quality health care for the patient. It is in giving of yourself to your patients and to your profession, that you will reap the fullest pleasure from your practice. Numerous and varied opportunities await the nurse as a healthcare provider. Enjoy the time you spend with each patient now as a student, and later as you practice as a nurse; allow them to be the highlight of your day.
  • The responsibilities of the program and the profession are great at times, but the rewards greatly outweigh the challenges that you may encounter.
Other links of interest related to nursing

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

North Carolina Board of Nursing