Nursing Programs

Welcome to AB Tech Nursing 

Check out how you can become part of one of the most difficult, demanding, respected, challenging, and rewarding careers in the world!

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Is Nursing Right For YOU?

Basic information for those seeking a nursing degree.

Why choose an ABTCC nursing program?

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. The application period for this option is in the fall, with entry being in the following summer semester (it is 3 semesters in length). To view the specific criteria for admission to this option, please click HERE. 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 ADN Student Handbook
How to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN)
  • Practical Nursing Option
    This program option qualifies you to take the licensure exam to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). This is a one year or three semester diploma program. This program is accredited by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 2129, Raleigh, NC 27602, (919)-782-3211,
  • ABTCC PN Student Handbook

Allied Health Programs Admissions Overview

Application Period for Admission for Fall 2014 is now closed.  Next application period for fall 2015 entry will be in the fall of 2014.


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.

For information on Nursing Assistant I registration, where and when classes are offered by AB Tech, call 254-1921, ext. 7600.

For information on Associate Degree and Practical Nursing, contact 398-7610.

For information on Associate Degree Nursing, RIBN Option, contact 398-7534.

Other links of interest related to nursing

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

North Carolina Board of Nursing

North Carolina Nurse Aide I and Health Care Registry    National League for Nursing



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