Nursing is one of the most exciting and challenging professions in health care and there has never been a better time to be a nurse. Nursing is considered the ‘most trusted’ profession according to a recent Gallup Poll survey where the public ranked different professions based on their honesty and ethical standard. In fact, nurses have retained this respected ranking for the last 13 of 14 years (ANA, 2013). The Martha Mann Smith School of Nursing is pleased that you are interested in our program, and offers several different options for students interested in becoming a nurse:

  • The Associate Degree Nursing program of study provides students with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • The Associate Degree Nursing – Advanced Placement is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who seek to further their education and advance in the profession. The curriculum builds on the practical nursing foundation by broadening theoretical knowledge, enhancing nursing skills, and increasing critical thinking to coincide with role change responsibilities at the Associate Degree Nursing level. The program starts once a year in the summer semester.

The Martha Mann Smith School of Nursing is proud of our reputation in the community for preparing excellent, well-qualified nurses. Our goal is to prepare graduates with entry-level competencies to practice as RN’s in a variety of settings. The Associate Degree of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

The Martha Mann Smith School of Nursing faculty supports the College’s core values of Respect, Responsibility, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Accountability, as well as the 7 core values of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Outcomes & Competency Model which includes: Caring, Diversity, Ethics, Excellence, Holism, Integrity, and Patient-Centeredness. Faculty beliefs about individuals, health care, nursing, and nursing education provide the framework for nursing education at Wake Technical Community College.  These beliefs are congruent with the 2010 NLN Program Outcomes (Human Flourishing, Nursing Judgment, Professional Identity, and Spirit of Inquiry), Integrating Concepts and Core Values.

Faculty assists students by facilitating their clinical practice in dynamic healthcare environments in the surrounding community. We also offer simulated learning experiences in our state-of-the-art simulation learning lab which offers the student the opportunity to practice nursing skills and clinical decision making in a safe learning environment.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Accreditation (SACSCOC)
Wake Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wake Technical Community College.


Nursing students gain experience at a number of different clinical sites. Students may be assigned days/evening/nights/weekends/weekdays clinical rotation depending on assignment.  Clinical experiences may also occur outside of Wake County. Students must provide their own transportation to all laboratory and clinical experiences. Students are expected to follow the policies and procedures of each facility to which they are assigned.