College Facts

We are the top producer of new nurses among North Carolina’s four-year educational institutions.

  • More than 1,200 students enrolled across all degree programs

NCLEX Pass Rates

98% of our Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates earn a first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination, well exceeding the national average.

NLN Center of Excellence

We have been designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing four times: 2008-2011, 2011-2015, 2015-2020 and 2020-2025


The U.S. News & World Report consistently names the college as one of the top distance-education programs in the country. ECU College of Nursing online graduate programs were ranked 29th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2020.

U.S. News also ranked ECU’s online graduate programs in nursing in the top 10 in several specialty areas: 6th for nursing education; ninth for veterans; and 13th for nursing administration/leadership.  The online Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program ranked #1 by Nurse Practitioner online. These specialty rankings are based on responses to peer assessment surveys.


The college’s location on the ECU Health Sciences Campus provides students and faculty ready access to interprofessional activities in education, research, and practice.


The 303,000-square-foot Health Sciences Building was built in 2006 and houses the College of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences, and Laupus Health Sciences Library. The $60 million building has eight simulation labs where students learn patient care techniques using technologies such as a fully functioning operating room and computerized manikins.


The college has nearly 12,000 alumni, including Pirate Nurses practicing in every state in the nation.