Degrees & Pathways

AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A45110A)

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs that impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential. Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A45110B)

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.

This program starts in the summer with NUR 214 and is followed by 2 additional semesters of coursework. NUR 214 is an intensive, accelerated course that covers a wide range of content in an expedited format. This accelerated course differs from the traditional nursing courses by taking only 10 weeks to review select content from NUR 111, NUR 112, NUR 113 and NUR 211, instead of the 42 week time period that traditional nursing students have to focus on the same material. For this reason, students need to seriously consider decreasing work and personal commitments in order to successfully meet the requirements for passing this course. Working full time or taking other college courses while in this course/program is not recommended.

Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Perry Health Science Campus Admissions Counselor prior to taking pre-requisite courses in order to further discuss the requirements for this program.

In the fall semester following NUR 214, students are scheduled to take NUR 114 and 212 alongside traditional nursing students. After successful completion of both courses students will enroll in the final course, NUR 213, scheduled for the spring semester. Upon successful completion of NUR 213 students will have met academic requirements necessary to enable them to apply to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.


Diploma program (WT Course ID #: D45660)

The graduate of the Practical Nursing (PN) program at Wake Technical Community College is prepared to practice as an entry-level nurse. Graduates of this program meet the education requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). The practice of practical nursing is directed toward meeting the health care needs of individuals throughout their lifespan. The PN role is characterized by evidence-based clinical practice with the provision of care for individuals and groups of individuals in structured settings.

The role of the PN is a dependent role under the supervision of the registered nurse (RN) and other health care providers approved by North Carolina law. In accordance with the North Carolina Board of Nursing Administrative Code, 21 NCAC 36.0225, Components of Nursing Practice for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), the LPN accepts assignments that can be safely performed and participate in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the client’s response to health care interventions. The PN graduate demonstrates the competencies identified by the National League of Nursing (2010) and the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine [NAM]), (2003), to provide nursing care. The practical nurse graduate is prepared to be a responsible life-long learner.