Gaston named #1 Licensed Practical Nursing program again

Nursing faculty helps student in classroomGaston College’s nursing programs have done it again! Our Licensed Practical Nursing program was ranked number one in the state by for 2024 and included our ADN program as among the best in the state for 2023.

Our nursing programs have been rated among the best in the state for many consecutive years.

Sharing their rankings of the Best LPN Programs in North Carolina, said, “North Carolina takes great pride in staying on top of cutting-edge nursing policy, education, and practice. GC is an open-door community college that promotes student success through a high-quality practical nursing diploma program that prepares future nurses for licensure and beyond.” Gaston College earned an overall score of 100.00.

“Completing your nurse training at Gaston College, one of the largest community colleges, can well equip you with the knowledge and skills required to provide professional nursing care to a diverse population,” said in their listing of the Best Nursing Schools in the state.

“We are very proud of our high-quality nursing program,” said Dr. Lori Metcalf, Dean of Health and Human Services. “Our nursing students have proven to be determined critical thinkers. Our nursing faculty members successfully engage with students to learn the skills necessary to think like nurses and become healthcare professionals.”   

Gaston’s Practical Nursing program application window is open Oct. 1 through March 1 each year, for admission beginning the fall following the deadline. All applicants must participate in a mandatory information session. You can learn more about our LPN and other nursing program options at

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