Nursing Programs

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Nurse Aide (CNA)

The Nurse Aide diploma credit program, as well as the Nurse Aide certificate course prepare students with the basic nursing skills required to care for patients in a variety of health care settings. Through classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical rotations, students prepare to pass the NC Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation, a requirement to be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry.

Practical Nursing (LPN)

The three-semester Practical Nursing credit curriculum prepares the student to care for patients with a variety of common medical-surgical problems in various stages of illness and to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), required for practice as a practical nurse. This program offers both a day and evening option with a fall start. Graduates receive a diploma.

LPN to RN Option (Associate Degree)

The three-semester LPN to RN credit 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 Associates Degree. It is an evening/weekend/online program with a summer start.

Associate Degree Nursing (RN) 

The five semester Associate Degree Nursing credit curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to assess, analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care. The graduate is eligible to apply to the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). It is a day program with a fall start.

RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses)

RIBN is a 4-year program where students receive both their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree after the first three years of study and continue on to receive their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University.


This pathway is for practicing Registered Nurses (RN) who aspire to achieve their Baccalaureate Degree (BSN). To meet the community demand for Baccalaureate prepared nurses, Gaston College has risen to the challenge to provide professional Registered Nurses with an affordable pathway that will allow them to meet all the requirements needed to enter into an RN to BSN program pathway.