Frequently Asked Questions
I want to be an RN, where should I start?
What is the difference between for-profit private and non-profit schools?
Typically, non-profit schools reinvest revenue back into the school, where for-profits distribute revenue to stakeholders. At UNC, we are committed to being different. We invest in our students and our communities, both financially and with acts of service.
Giving back to our students:
- $5 from each item purchased at our student store is set aside for student scholarships
- 25% of sales from any items purchased at our vending machines will go to scholarships
- Our inaugural cohorts will receive up to 40% off tuition
- We will match the tuition reimbursement for students employed by our affiliated clinical sites
- We provide uniforms and stethoscopes to our students free of charge
Giving back to our community:
- We will have several community outreaches, including a blood pressure clinic and flu shot clinic
- We will have an annual food drive to help our local food pantries
- We will host job fairs with our local contracted facilities to help them increase the number of working nurses in the area
- We will participate in fundraisers such as The Walk to Remember benefiting Alzheimer’s disease research
I’m an international nurse who needs more coursework to apply for licensure in California, can you help?
What is the difference between a CNA, an LVN, and an RN?
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), also known as a Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), are able to do everything a CNA can do. In addition, LVNs/LPNs can give medications and start IVs, with additional training, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
Registered nurses (RN) can do everything that a CNA and LVN can do, but they can also assess patients, administer medications, insert nasogastric tubes and foley catheters, amongst other skills. If an RN continues their education, they can become an advanced practice nurse.
Do I have to be a CNA or LVN to become an RN?
Do you offer CNA or LVN programs?
Are you an approved school?
What is accreditation?
In order to be an accredited institution, schools must provide a minimum of two years of data showing that they are providing high quality education. This means schools must be open and enrolling students for two years prior to application for accreditation.
Is UNC accredited?
UNC will be applying for accreditation through the Accreditation Bureau of Health Education School (ABHES) once we have two years of data. We anticipate a successful pathway to accreditation once that occurs. When ABHES issues UNC institution accreditation, all programs at UNC will be accredited.
In order to demonstrate UNC’s commitment to excellence, we will also apply for programmatic accreditation for our BSN program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
What happens if I go to a college that is not accredited?
If a student enters an Associate Degree in Nursing program at a non-accredited school, they will still be able to sit for the NCLEX exam and work as an RN. This is because the Board of Registered Nursing is the entity that approves nursing programs; not the accreditation organization. Graduates of a non-accredited ADN program would not be able to further their education at an accredited school until their ADN program is accredited. They could continue their education at a non-accredited institution. For example, if UNC had an ADN program prior to accreditation, the graduates would be able to attend our BSN program, as it is also not currently accredited.
In order to demonstrate UNC’s commitment to excellence, we will also apply for programmatic accreditation for our BSN program through the Commision on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Will I be able to get a job as an RN before UNC is accredited?
Associate Degree Nursing
Do my science prerequisite courses have an expiration date?
Students who took A&P courses seven or more years ago are required to take UNC’s A&P I and II refresher courses prior to admission.
No other prerequisite courses have expiration dates. Please contact our admissions team for more information.
What if I took prerequisite courses outside of the United States?
If I already have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in another discipline, do I need to complete the prerequisite courses?
What is the difference between an Associate Degree Registered Nurse (ADN) and a Bachelor’s Degree Registered Nurse (BSN)?
How long is your ADN program?
If I am an LVN can I enroll in your program?
Is there a waitlist for your ADN program?
Do I have to take an entrance exam like the TEAS?
If I already took the TEAS do I still need to take the HESI?
Why should I attend UNC’s ADN program?
Can I be an RN if I have a criminal conviction?
Should I get my BSN as well?
See our ADN to BSN page for more information.