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To understand our admissions process, it’s essential for you to know about Watts’ partnership with the University of Mount Olive (UMO).

Watts School of Nursing and the University of Mount Olive Partnership

Embracing an opportunity to enhance the nursing program, Watts School of Nursing and the University of Mount Olive (formerly Mount Olive College) partnered in 2004 to offer a 2 1/2 year program of study leading to a Diploma in Nursing and an Associate of Science Degree in Health Science. This partnership provides students with instruction from two academic institutions, the oldest registered nurse (RN) nursing program in the state of North Carolina and a private, liberal arts university.

Students complete the prerequisite courses through the University of Mount Olive and nursing courses through Watts School of Nursing. The prerequisite courses are taught on the Watts campus by the University of Mount Olive faculty as evening classes (6 PM – 10 PM) two nights a week (Tuesday and Thursday) and are completed prior to entering the nursing curriculum. Two classes are admitted each year - January and June for the prerequisite courses, and January and August for the nursing courses. Courses are 5 weeks except Anatomy and Physiology (12 weeks). Nursing courses are full-time days (hours vary) mainly Monday through Thursday with occasional Fridays.

Before entering the nursing curriculum, a minimum residency of 18 hours is required with the University of Mount Olive. Once accepted into the program, a student’s transcript is reviewed for possible transfer credit. When transfer credit is given, a student may have to take an additional course or courses with the University of Mount Olive to meet the residency requirement, taught either online or at the University of Mount Olive Research Triangle Park campus.

Personal Approach Jennifer Hawkins, Coordinator of Student Affairs

Because Watts is interested in you as an individual, we take a personal approach to admissions, carefully reviewing each application and not requiring a minimum grade point average (GPA). More detailed information can be found in the catalogue.

Admission Requirements

  • United States Citizen or United States Lawful Permanent Resident
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Preadmission Test

    HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam: an assessment tool used to evaluate academic readiness and individual potential for successful program completion.

    An applicant must pass at the designated level, a mean score for English of 75 (average of all 3 English sections) and a score of 70 for Math, in order to submit an application.

    An applicant can take the exam a maximum of two times every 12 months. Only test scores within the last 24 months will be considered.

    ***Individuals who did not achieve the designated level on the PSB exam are eligible to take the HESI A2 Exam with the opportunity to pursue admission to Watts.

    To receive reasonable accommodations for the preadmission test, contact the Coordinator of Student Affairs prior to registering for the test.  Receiving accommodations at the high school level or at another college/university does not mean that Watts School of Nursing will approve the same accommodations received at the other educational institution.

  • Technical Standards
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Alcohol and Drug Testing

Admissions Procedure

To ensure that you have completed the application procedure, step-by-step instructions for applying to Watts are listed below.

1. Create an Evolve student account and register for the Distance Testing Exam (HESI A2)

2. After passing the preadmission test, submit:

3. Request two copies of official transcripts from high school, GED if applicable, and all colleges/universities attended be sent to Watts.

Please send materials requested above to:
Watts School of Nursing
2828 Croasdaile Drive, Suite 200
Durham, North Carolina 27705
Attention: Jennifer Hawkins