Associate in General Education – Nursing

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Associate in General Education – Nursing

College students examining anatomy skeleton model in laboratory classroomAssociate in General Education – Nursing (A1030N)

Are you interested in a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), but not sure you want to spend four years at a university? The Associate in General Education – Nursing program at Gaston College allows students to complete the first two years of their studies close to home at an affordable cost, and then transfer to one of eleven state universities to complete the BSN degree.

Nursing Careers are in Demand

If you like working with people and are interested in science, nursing may be a great career choice. The demand for nurses in North Carolina is high. By 2025, North Carolina is projected to have the second-largest shortage of nurses in the nation – a deficit of nearly 13,000 – according to a recent Georgetown University report.

Why a BSN is a Smart Move

A growing number of hospitals are requiring nurses to have a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). While many have programs that help RNs obtain a BSN within a specified time frame, having a BSN when you enter the job market will give you a competitive advantage in securing a nursing position. Earning your BSN is a smart career move.

Advantages of the Program

The Associate in General Education – Nursing (AGE-Nursing) program at Gaston College offers many benefits to students.


You can save an average of $5,600 over two years in tuition and fees when you compare community college costs to attending a state university. The overall cost of your degree may also be lower by living at home your first two years instead of paying for campus housing.


Students are able to participate in undergraduate research, and many classes are designed around an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum. Not only are classes engaging, you’ll gain a firm grasp of the knowledge you need to succeed when you transfer to a university.


With a 24:1 student-to-teacher ratio, you’ll be able to complete your general education requirements in a supportive atmosphere. Faculty members have a genuine interest in student success, and smaller class sizes also make it easy to interact with other students.


Online, hybrid, and on-campus classes are offered, as well as both day and night classes. There are also options for accelerated Saturday classes, described below.

Transfer Requirements and Options

Students who successfully complete the program have several options in pursuing further nursing education and certification.

Stay at Gaston College to pursue any of the following degrees:

  • Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Practical Nursing (LPN)
  • Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
  • RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses)

Transfer 61 semester hours to one of these state institutions that offer BSN degrees:

  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • UNC-Charlotte
  • UNC-Greensboro
  • UNC-Pembroke
  • UNC-Wilmington
  • Western Carolina University
  • Winston-Salem State University