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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 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 TEAS test is a minimum requirement to apply for this program. Potential applicants are encouraged to complete this form if they are not sure whether they are meeting eligibility requirements or have questions about the test. Applicants should also be sure to visit the FAQ page for general questions about the test.

*Minimum requirements are subject to change each academic year. Please refer to the information packet.

Quick information

Spring 2025 Application Period
Associate Degree Nursing
June 4, 2024 – September 4, 2024
Spring 2025 Transition
Nursing Transition
Only for those with a North Carolina Practical Nursing license.
Sept. 24, 2024 – Nov. 7, 2024
Information Sessions
Wed May 22, 2024 10 to 11 a.m. Access the Virtual Info Session
Tue June 11, 2024 2 to 3 p.m. Access the Virtual Info Session
Wed July 17, 2024 10 to 11 a.m. Access the Virtual Info Session

Course Information

Associate Degree Nursing Course Information
LPN Transition Course Information


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 acenursing.org/search-programs/

Related Information

Student Achievement Data
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
Year Pass Rate
2021 94%
2022 97%
2023 100%
Program Completion Rate
Year % of Students
2021 54%
2022 50%
2023 56%
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