Watts School of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing to prepare students upon graduation to take the professional licensure examination to become a registered nurse. Completion of  the Watts School of Nursing's Diploma in Nursing program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a registered nurse in North Carolina.  Watts School of Nursing has not determined whether the curriculum meets education requirements for any other state. As requirements for licensure in other states may differ, students are encouraged to contact those states regarding requirements prior to enrolling.
Watts School of Nursing and its diploma program are being phased out due to the opening of Watts College of Nursing and the bachelor of science in nursing program. A teach out plan for the diploma program is in currently being implemented and available upon request.

Watts School of Nursing utilizes virtual platforms, in-person labs, and clinical rotations on the Watts School of Nursing's campus as well as at any of our contracted clinical agencies to accommodate the clinical requirements of the curriculum.

The Diploma program of study instructional mode of delivery is blended with course lectures being conveyed via virtual platforms and/or on the Watts School of Nursing's campus via seated in-person sessions.


Hello Watts Diploma Students,

This is a special time of new beginnings with the transition of our long-standing diploma program to a baccalaureate program. Becomming a Watts nurse will give you many opportunities to serve those with health care needs in our community, state, nation, and the world. Thank you for selecting Watts; We are here because you are here. We wish all of you the very best in your new career as a Watts nurse. 

Peggy C. Walters, EdD, MSN, MEd, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing Education, Watts School of Nursing

Watts School of Nursing does not discriminate in the educational program or activities of the School on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, genetic information, or age.