Several schools in the state of North Carolina offer programs that prepare students for careers in health sciences fields. These schools include three public community colleges that offer associate's degrees, certificates and diploma programs in fields such as medical assisting, radiology, nursing or emergency services. Seven public universities, including four members of the University of North Carolina system, feature colleges or schools that offer undergraduate options along with master's and doctoral degree programs in health sciences fields. Students have a wide variety of health sciences programs to choose from, including dental hygiene, exercise science, public health, occupational therapy, medical laboratory technology and more.
Appalachian State University
Located in the town of Boone, Appalachian State University was founded in 1899 as Watauga Academy. The College of Health Sciences opened in 2010 with undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five departments. Students can pursue degrees such as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a pre-licensure nursing program, or a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods with track options in dietetics or food systems management. The dietetic program is designed to prepare students for Registered Dietitian certification. Graduate degrees include the Master of Science (MS) in Speech Pathology, Exercise Science or Nutrition.
Central Piedmont Community College
Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte features six auxiliary campus locations throughout Mecklenburg County. The Health Sciences Division offers eight academic programs, including degree programs leading to an Associate's degree in Applied Science (AAS). These programs include the AAS in Medical Assisting, with program courses covering insurance coding and nutrition. Students in this program will complete eligibility requirements for the Certified Medical Assistant certification examination. Other programs include the AAS in Dental Hygiene and the AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology, which boasts a 93% success rate for students passing the professional certification examination over the 2008-2012 period, according to the school.
East Carolina University
A 4-year public university located in the city of Greenville, East Carolina University houses the College of Allied Health Sciences with eight academic departments offering four bachelor's degree programs, six master's degree programs and eight graduate certificate programs. Departments include biostatistics, clinical laboratory science, occupational therapy and physician assistant studies. Undergraduate degree programs include the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Services Management and a BS in Rehabilitation Services. Graduate degrees include the MS in Occupational Therapy which satisfies certification eligibility requirements. Students can also pursue the MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as three Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs and a 3-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.
Guilford Technical Community College
Jamestown is home to Guilford Technical Community College, founded in 1958 as an industrial education center. College transfer programs were approved in 1983; today, the school offers 17 health and medical programs leading to an associate's degree, diploma or certificate. These programs include associate's degrees such as an AAS in Emergency Medical Science, including preparation for certification in Cardiac Life Support (CLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) paramedic certification. Other programs include the AAS in Nursing, the AAS in Radiography, and the AAS in Surgical Technology, which features coursework covering microbiology, surgical procedures and clinical practice.
Pitt Community College
Pitt Community College began offering technical education programs in the rural community of Winterville in 1964. The William E. Fulford Building was built in 1993 to house health sciences programs that now include 10 associate's degree programs, such as the AAS in Nuclear Medicine Technology program, which offers courses in topics such as radiology, non-imaging instrumentation, nuclear physics, and cross-sectional anatomy. Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue certification through either the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Other degree programs include polysomnography, nursing, and respiratory therapy. In addition to degree programs, the Health Sciences Division offers certificate and diploma programs as well.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Located in Chapel Hill, the flagship campus of the University of North Carolina opened its School of Medicine in 1879 and the School of Nursing in 1950. Undergraduate programs include a BSN program with courses covering psychology, chemistry, physiology and microbiology. Graduate nursing students can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with areas of focus that include adult/gerontology primary care, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, healthcare systems, and psychiatric mental health. The School of Medicine offers physician preparation programs, as well as PhD programs in Speech and Hearing Sciences and the MS in Speech and Language Pathology, which offers a clinical track option designed to prepare students for state licensure. The Department of Allied Health Sciences houses two clinical laboratories, including the UNC Hearing and Communication Center. Other programs include PhD programs in Human Movement Science and Occupational Science.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina houses the College of Health and Human Sciences, with four academic units that include the Department of Kinesiology, the Department of Public Health Sciences, the Department of Social Work and the School of Nursing. Undergraduate students can pursue one of seven bachelor's degree programs, including a BSN, a BS in Respiratory Therapy or a BS in Public Health. Through the college, graduate students can pursue six graduate and post-master's certificates or one of 11 master's degree programs, including an MSN with concentrations that include nurse educator, nurse administrator, nurse anesthesia, and family nurse practitioner. In addition to a doctoral nursing program, students can pursue a PhD in Health Services Research.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The Greensboro campus of the University of North Carolina system is home to the School of Health and Human Sciences, offering 11 areas of academic study. Undergraduate programs include a BS in Kinesiology, with concentrations that include a pre-licensure physical education program as well as non-licensure programs in fitness leadership, sports medicine, and community youth development. The BS in Nutrition program features three concentration options in human nutrition and dietetics, nutrition and wellness, and nutrition science. Graduate programs include an MS in Nutrition and an MS in Genetic Counseling, featuring course topics such as embryology, teratology, molecular diagnostics, and quantitative risk analysis.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington is home to a branch of the University of North Carolina system that houses the College of Health and Human Services. The Schools of Health and Applied Human Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work offer 10 bachelor's degree programs, including the BSN, a pre-licensure program with several career certification options. A BS in Clinical Research is also available. Two master's degree programs are available: an MS in Family Nurse Practitioner or an MS in Clinical Research and Product Development. Post graduate nurse practitioner programs include post-master's certifications in family nurse practitioner and nurse educator.
Wake Technical Community College
Located in Raleigh, Wake Technical Community College is a 2-year public community college. The Health Sciences Division offers 13 academic programs, including the AAS in Human Services Technology, with certificate options in services for the elderly and substance abuse. Other programs include the AAS in Medical Assisting, which also offers a diploma program, and the AAS in Emergency Medical Science (EMS). The EMS program features certification training for paramedic, emergency medical technician (EMT) basic, and EMT intermediate.
Many of these programs prepare students for professional licensure through state agencies, such as the North Carolina Medical Board, the North Carolina Board of Nursing or the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Health Sciences Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Appalachian State University|| 4-year, public;
| Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods,
Master of Science in Speech Pathology,
Master of Science in Exercise Science
| $7,364 (in-state),
|Central Piedmont Community College|| 2-year, public;
| Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting,
Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene,
Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology
| $2,792 (in-district),
|East Carolina University|| 4-year, public;
| Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management,
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy,
Doctor of Physical Therapy
| $7,188 (in-state),
|Guilford Technical Community College|| 2-year, public;
| Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science,
Associate in Applied Science in Nursing,
Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography
| $2,319 (in-state),
|Pitt Community College|| 2-year, public;
| Associate in Applied Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Polysomnography,
Associate Degree in Nursing,
Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy
| $1,930 (in-state),
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|| 4-year, public;
| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Science,
Doctor of Philosophy in Speech and Hearing Sciences
| $8,987 (in-state),
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte|| 4-year, public;
| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy,
Bachelor of Science in Public Health,
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research
| $6,853 (in-state),
|University of North Carolina at Greensboro|| 4-year, public;
| Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology,
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition,
Master of Science in Genetic Counseling,
Master of Science in Nutrition
| $7,331 (in-state),
|University of North Carolina at Wilmington|| 4-year, public;
| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research,
Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Clinical research and Product Development
| $7,091 (in-state),
|Wake Technical Community College|| 2-year, public;
| Associate in Applied Science in Human Services Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting,
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Science
| $2,768 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator.