School Profile


Watts School of Nursing, founded in 1895, is the oldest nursing program for registered nurses in the state of North Carolina. Watts is the only hospital-based diploma program in the state.

Exclusive Focus

Watts concentrates solely on basic nursing education for entry into professional nursing practice. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Mission and Philosophy

Diversity and Inclusion Statement


The nursing diploma program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and the North Carolina State Approving Agency (NCSAA).

Contact Info for NC Board of Nursing

4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
Phone: 919.782.3211
Fax: 919.781.9461

Contact Info for NCSAA

120 Penmarc Drive, Suite 103
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-2434
Phone: 919.733.7535
Fax: 919.733.1284



Watts School of Nursing is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) as an ABHES Institutional School.

Contact Info for ABHES    

7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
Phone: 703.917.9503
Fax: 703.917.4109

The nursing diploma program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Contact Info for ACEN  

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020

Student Achievement Outcome Data

NCLEX-RN Passage Rate

Graduates consistently exceed the state and national average on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which licenses professional nurses to practice.
July 2017 - June 2018     97% to date
July 2016 - June 2017   100%
July 2015 - June 2016   100%

Retention/Completion Rate

July 2017 - June 2018   95%
July 2016 - June 2017   96%
July 2015 - June 2016   96%

Job Placement Rate (within 6 months of graduation)

July 2017 - June 2018     96% to date
July 2016 - June 2017   100%
July 2015 - June 2016     96%

Gainful Employment


Two classes are admitted a year -- January and June for the prerequisite courses and January and August for the nursing courses.

Student Body

Watts averages approximately 155 students.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, 29% of the student body belonged to minority ethnic groups and 8% male.

Clinical Facilities

Clinical rotations are wide-ranging and culturally diverse, covering all ages and life spans. Our program draws upon the clinical strengths of two Magnet Hospitals, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke University Hospital, as well as other area hospitals and community-based settings. In 2014, the Duke University Health System was designated as a Magnet organization, one of three such designated health systems in North Carolina. Together, these clinical opportunities provide students with a broad base for professional practice.


Dr. Peggy Walters became the Director of Nursing Education in 1994.


There are 15 faculty members whose first priority is teaching. The instructor-student ratio in the clinical area is 1:8.


Since its inception in 1895, more than 3,700 nurses have matriculated from Watts. The Alumni Association is closely aligned with the school, supporting its mission of upholding a tradition of excellence in the preparation of registered nurses. 


Just moments away from Durham’s I-85 corridor, our location on Croasdaile Drive affords students a tranquil setting that is nestled in pine trees and the fairways of one of the area’s most prestigious golf courses.

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