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Johnnie Bratton
Tech (Building 9), room 201D
919-536-7200, ext. 8040

Admissions Questions

Donna Alston
Admissions Counselor
919-536-7200, ext. 1122

* This program is financial aid eligible.

Associate Degree Nursing - LPN to ADN Track

Long Term

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 which 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.

The LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Track curriculum is designed for students that have already met the requirements to be a Licensed Practical Nurse and wish to further their education to include an Associate Degree. This is a day program, and after successful completion of the first course LPN to ADN transition the students will merge with the traditional Associate Degree Nursing track.

The Associate Nursing program at Durham Technical Community College, located in Durham, North Carolina that is in accordance with ACEN records is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

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

Clinical and classroom experiences represent an integrated approach, with the student moving from simple to complex nursing concepts and skills. The classroom portion of the program is taught during the day. Clinical experiences are designed to match the didactic portion of the course(s) and allow for the student to apply skills obtained. These experiences vary depending on clinical site availability, which includes, days, nights or weekends shifts and anywhere from 6 to 12-hour clinical shifts. Clinical site rotations are assigned to assist the student in gaining a wide variety of educational opportunities.

A new student may enroll in the summer term. Students are required to have CPR certification and one year Licensed Practical Nurse working experience. Program graduates are awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree. Program graduates are awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Learn more about the program and student achievement outcomes.

How to Apply

Program applications are accepted November 1– February 1.

Before you Apply

Students are required to attend an information session before applying (see Upcoming Events below).

View the Admissions Checklist and Essential Skills form.

Apply to the College

New students who are not currently enrolled at Durham Tech should apply to the College using the Health Tech Students then Steps to Apply.

Apply to the Nursing Program

Students who are currently enrolled and have completed all of the nursing program admission requirements, should apply to the LPN to ADN Nursing program using the LPN to ADN Program Admissions Application.

Submit program applications electronically to Admissions, Registration, and Records (not Health and Wellness). Drop off locations are also listed on the Electronic Document Submission web page.

Note: Score results for the ATI TEAS must be from an in-person site. Online test scores will not be accepted.

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Main Campus, OCC, Online

Minimum Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
NUR-214 Nsg Transition Concepts 4
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

Suggested Paths

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“I love the variety of clinical locations and I have experienced in the ADN program. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many hospitals in the area. This degree will provide me a solid foundation to a lifelong career that I am passionate about. I will forever be grateful to Durham Tech and the faculty that encouraged and supported me along the way.”

—Chelsea Searle