History of Watts College of Nursing

Watts College of Nursing opened in September 2019 offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The first class of BSN students enrolled in January 2020 with classes now admitted each semester, in the fall and spring. The first class will graduate in December 2021. Watts College of Nursing transitioned from the Watts School of Nursing diploma program. Watts originated in 1895 and has been in continuous service for 126 years and is the oldest program of nursing in North Carolina.

Watts College of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing to prepare students upon graduation to take the professional licensure examination to become registered nurses. 

Completion of Watts College of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a registered nurse in North Carolina.  Graduates of Watts at this time meet the requirements of all states within the US except the clinical requirement hours for California. 

As requirements for licensure in other states may change, students are encouraged to contact those states regarding requirements prior to enrolling.

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

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

Watts College of Nursing wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for initial accreditation of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). You are invited to meet, virtually, with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 3:45 pm eastern time on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm.

Link: https://www.gotomeet.me/acen061/duke-regional-hospital---room-1
Access Code: 565-445-565
Dial-in Information:
United States (Toll Free): +1 (877) 309-2073

United States: +1 (571) 317-3129       

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:
Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
or email: mstoll@acenursing.org

All written comments should be received by ACEN by February 8, 2021.


Watts College of Nursing — Welcome!

Hello and Welcome to Watts College of Nursing!
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
President, Watts College of Nursing

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