North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (North Carolina A&T, NC A&T or A&T) is located in Greensboro on a 200 acre campus. There is an additional 600 acre university farm. Over 10,000 students attend the university and are enrolled in a variety of programs, including a nursing program.
The university is classified as a doctoral and research institution. North Carolina A & T was founded in 1891 as a land-grant institution. It has a long history of civil rights legacy, and the first sit-in at a lunch counter in 1960 was by NC A & T students. It is home to the largest agricultural school among black colleges and also has the largest number of African-American engineers at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. There are also 40,000 alumni who hold leadership positions worldwide.
BSN Traditional Program
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University offers a traditional program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This program takes four years to complete and students earn 127 credits, including general education credits, nursing credits, and clinical experience. Students are prepared to enter the workforce as entry-level Registered Nurses (RNs) after earning their bachelor’s degree. They may take the NCLEX-RN near the time of graduation. This exam leads to licensure as a RN. Students who do not meet the admission requirements to enter the nursing program may still be admitted to the university. They then take general education courses for their freshman year, as well as pre-nursing courses. They must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.8.
The nursing program is divided into a Lower Division and Upper Division. Freshmen and sophomores are in the Lower Division and must complete the general education courses required for these years of the program. Students who enter the Upper Division of the nursing program are officially nursing students.
Applicants who live in North Carolina must have a SAT score of at least 800 and a high school grade point average of 3.0 or better. The ACT test is also accepted with a minimum score of 17. Out-of-state applicants must have a SAT score of at least 950 and a grade point average from high school of 3.0. Students who do not meet the admission criteria may take general education courses and prerequisites for the nursing program if they are admitted to the university. They must earn at least a 2.8 in these courses. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are considered individually for admission to the program.
Accelerated BSN Option
The university also offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) option for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another area. Applicants must have a minimum grade point aver of 3.0 in their undergraduate studies to be considered for the program, as well as have a variety of science courses completed before being accepted into the program. Students earn 58 credits in one year in this program, and since the curriculum is very challenging, students are not able to work at an outside job while enrolled in this program. Students begin nursing courses and also complete clinical experience at nearby medical centers and other medical facilities. At the completion of the program, graduates take the NCLEX-RN to become licensed as Registered Nurses.
BSN Completion Option
There is currently a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion option for Registered Nurses who have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing that is pending at the university level. If approved, students will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree. They will receive up to 47credits for their college-level work that they have completed, plus they will be required to complete the university requirements at North Carolina A & T State University plus upper level nursing courses. RNs interested in this program may apply online at this time.
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
1601 E. Market Street,
Greensboro, NC 27411