Program Overview

Associate Degree Nursing - LPN to ADN Track

A male student wearing medical scrubs practices using a stethoscope on a female student while she lays on a gurney.

*This program is financial aid eligible.
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. Effective Summer 2020, this will be a day program. 

Approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the five-semester Associate Degree Nursing program provides the knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in all areas of the profession.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 
Atlanta, Georgia 30326 

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 may include 12-hour shifts and weekend shifts depending on what clinical sites are available each semester.

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.

How to Apply: Students are required to attend an information session before applying (see Upcoming Events below). View the Admissions Checklist  and Essential Skills documents. New students who are not currently enrolled at Durham Tech should use the green button below to apply to the College following the Health Technologies Enrollment Steps. Students who are currently enrolled and have completed all of the nursing program admission requirements, should apply to the LPN to ADN program using the LPN to ADN Program Admissions Application. The application deadline is February 3.

If you have questions, please contact Donna Alston.

Next Application Deadline is Feb 01

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type

Associate Degree


Main Campus, OCC, Online

Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

10-11 months

Upcoming Program Events

Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO-271 Pathophysiology 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
PSY-241 Developmental Psychology 3

“Nursing is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but by far the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I really enjoy being a nurse and I can’t imagine doing anything else. This program at Durham Tech is creating a large stepping stone for me and creating additional opportunities to advance my career as an RN.”

—Jonathan Polak