Department of Health Science - Nursing

If you are interested in the sciences and have a caring and compassionate personality then nursing may be for you!  The nursing program at MTCC will prepare you to take the national licensure exam and work in healthcare as an RN or LPN. Once you achieve licensure the sky’s the limit in your career!

Potential Careers

Positions are available in hospitals, doctor’s offices, long term care facilities/nursing homes, home health care, correction facilities, outpatient centers, specialty areas such as pediatrics, obstetrics/newborn, and mental health.

Where Do Graduates Work in McDowell County and Western NC?

Graduates from the RN program may work in hospitals, outpatient departments, doctor’s offices, dialysis units, long-term care facilities, home health, hospice, mental health, and urgent care. Graduates from the LPN program may work in the same areas under the direct supervision of a RN or physician.

Why Choose this Program?

Greetings and welcome to McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC).  As the Director of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and the Practical Nursing Education (PNE) programs, I was drawn to MTCC because as a former graduate I knew firsthand of MTCC’s vision to be a leader in the transformation of nursing in McDowell county and beyond. Our nursing programs are committed to providing access to quality education with diverse clinical learning experiences throughout enrollment across various clinical facilities within the McDowell county area. The nursing faculty and staff at MTCC have chosen to be a part of a diverse and caring community because they believe in the mission of promoting the health and well-being of individuals within our community by fostering excellence and innovation in nursing education and healthcare.   

Students who are admitted into an MTCC nursing program will have opportunities to learn among knowledgeable experts and can fully engage in the experience of connecting with nursing leaders, clinicians, and teachers and who are committed to improving health and health care. 

Nurses have always been on the frontlines, and in these times of challenge through the COVID-19 pandemic, the work that nurses do is increasingly recognized as important and integral to health and healing. The world has seen how nurses respond with care and compassion, commitment, and expertise.  Nurses are increasingly visible in their extraordinary efforts, facing daily challenges with bravery, courage, resilience, and professionalism.

We congratulate graduates of our programs who have joined this vibrant and intellectual profession. We welcome those of you who want to pursue nursing as a potential career and encourage you to consider MTCC for your education. Nursing is a remarkable profession and MTCC is an outstanding place to study and serve the citizens of McDowell county while obtaining a quality, cost-effective nursing education close to home.

With Warm and Welcoming Regards,

Dr. Lora Bartlett
Director Nursing Education

MTCC offers several programs in the Nursing Department:

The ADN is a five-semester associate degree program. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) which is required to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global healthcare system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended industrial, and community health care facilities. 

The PNE program is a three-semester diploma program. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long-term care, home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices. 

This is a three-semester diploma program that prepared graduates for entry-level jobs such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), Medical Assistant, Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, or Massage Therapist dependent upon the selected program major.  

Completion of this one-semester course the student is eligible to test for listing on the North Carolina Registry as a Nurse Aide I and other selected Nurse Aide registries as determined by the local program of study. After successfully completing the National Nurse Aide Assessment program individuals can work under the supervision of licensed professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages. (Note: Nursing programs may require NAI listing to apply to the program.)

This 40-hour course provides a review of the Nurse Aide I core content to prepare individuals who are currently listed on a Nurse Aide I Registry, have successfully completed a state-approved training program, hold a state-recognized health care credential from any state, or as military personnel who have had medical/corpsman training to test for the Nurse Aide I state exam.

This one-semester course provides basic training in Nurse Aide II tasks building on NAI skills. Upon completion, the individual has opportunities to advance the career field and prepares students for opportunities in nursing.

Students are considered General Education majors until they are accepted into a health science program. Belinda Foster, Health Science Advisor/Career Coach, provides advising to students planning to pursue an Associates Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Practical Nursing. Students applying for Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II will be assigned an advisor from the Health Science Department.

Nursing Information Meetings are held for those who want to learn more about the nursing programs or have specific questions. These meetings are held periodically to avoid interference with regular academic classes.

Related classes and additional information can be found in the MTCC Catalog