North Carolina offers various opportunities to obtain nursing degrees and certifications throughout the state. One of the most prestigious schools in North Carolina is Duke University, where prospective students can pursue a BSN or MSN in over twenty specialties from acute care to oncology. Duke also offers joint degrees and a doctoral program. The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill provides two nursing programs. The nursing school at this university provides up to and including a doctoral degree. They also provide the MSN in public nursing. UNC also maintains campuses with nursing programs at Greensboro, Wilmington, Charlotte and Pembroke. If you seek a teaching environment in a hospital, Durham Regional Hospital provides students with diplomas in nursing. Students also can find programs at other colleges and community campuses throughout the state.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $14,000 and $79,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. North Carolina offers several large venues for health care employment and many smaller facilities throughout the state. Carolinas Medical Center, located in Charlotte, is the flagship facility of Carolinas HealthCare System. As one of North Carolina’s largest hospitals, it serves as the regional referral center for Western North Carolina and northern South Carolina. The hospital is one of only five facilities in North Carolina designated as an Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospital and a Level I Trauma Center. Some other facilities within the Carolinas Healthcare System include the 125-bed Anson Community Hospital in Wadesboro, which provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, and the 141-bed state-of-the-art acute care facility at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. North Carolina Baptists Hospitals, with a base in Winston-Salem, is one of the largest employers in this state as well as the Moses Cone Health System, with facilities throughout Greensboro. Other hospitals that employ over 1,000 individuals include Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Presbyterian Healthcare System based out of Charlotte with facilities in Huntersville and Matthews.