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Associate Degree Nursing

Interested in a rewarding career taking care of others? Get an Associate Degree in Nursing and have a career that’s always in demand.


The CFCC health science/nursing faculty and Student Services units rolled out new testing guidelines for health science and nursing applicants. Starting for fall 2023 and moving forward, the TEAS test (by ATI; versions 6 and 7 only) will be used in place of the PSB and must be completed successfully before filing an Intent to Apply.

For more details, please visit the Health Science Enrollment Center , FAQ page , or CFCC Testing Services .

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout their lifespan in various settings. The program provides high-quality education to individuals in the community seeking a career as a registered nurse and promotes the transition of the licensed practical nurse into the role of the registered nurse. Upon completion of the course of study and successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), the student may enter employment as a registered nurse.

We also offer an accelerated LPN to RN option. If you are an LPN active in your profession, please visit the LPN to RN web page providing details on admissions criteria and the curriculum.

Nursing Program ranked number 1 in the state by nursingprocess.org

Selective Admission Process


The Associate Degree nursing program at Cape Fear Community College, located in Wilmington, NC is accredited by the:


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Quick information

Spring 2024 Application Period
Associate Degree Nursing
June 1, 2023 – Aug. 15, 2023
Spring 2024 Application Period
Nursing Transition
Only for those with a North Carolina Practical Nursing license.
Sept. 21, 2023 – Nov. 9, 2023
Information Sessions
Tue June 13, 2023 2 to 3 p.m. Access the Virtual Info Session
Wed July 19, 2023 10 to 11 a.m. Access the Virtual Info Session
Tue Aug. 1, 2023 1 to 2 p.m. Access the Virtual Info Session
Associate Degree Nursing Course Information

Related Information

Student Achievement Data
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
Year Pass Rate
2020 98%
2021 94%
2022 97%
Program Completion Rate
Year % of Students
2020 66%
2021 56%
2022 50%

Updated: July 2022

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