Watts School of Nursing in Durham

Durham, NC

(Rating 2.6 based on 5 reviews)
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Watts School of Nursing offers 3-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. 8% are women, and 92% are men. Average salary after attending is $54,100, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in 2 years.


Types of financial aids


74 of Watts School of Nursing undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 55 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Watts School of Nursing number 165 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in North Carolina.

Students at Watts School of Nursing awarded 2 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal student loans.

Salary After Attending


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Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Services and programs are not available to veterans, military servicemembers, or their families

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Does not offer distance education opportunities

Alternative tuition plans

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Tuition guaranteed plan

Tuition payment plan

Tuition guarantee is a program which guarantees to entering first-time students that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Watts School of Nursing is 10:1, that means that for every 10 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

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Students enrollment in distance education


In Watts School of Nursing the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Watts School of Nursing and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in not reported location.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Watts School of Nursing offers 3 programs in total: 3 are for 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 196 universities in North Carolina state. Watts School of Nursing is one of the few institutions in North Carolina that offers a 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the North Carolina state average data to help you compare.


Watts School of Nursing provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 176 students with 5280 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Watts School of Nursing

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My experience with Watts was honestly one of the worst experiences of my life. The teachers are rude, not helpful and have favorites and if your not “one of their favorites” then they will do everything in their power to fail you. I worked endlessly throughout this program just to stay alive. I spent hours devoted to my work and studies and they still tried to fail me. On homework assignments I would get a zero with no explanation and when I went and spoke to the professor she said that my work was “too good and that of a fourth year” so I must have cheated on the assignment. After highlighting all the information in the box that I used and going to the head of the school to fight this I was finally able to turn that zero into a 50. With my experience I would recommend that no one offers to do something in clinicals. One would think that that would help them stand out but no the professors do not like it and will use it as a chance to fail you for the day. Overall, I will warn anybody that uses to go to the school because it will not be a pleasant experience. It will be filled with blood sweat and tears (That of your own) and leave you in debit. With how much it cost, the experience and emotional abuse was NOT WORTH IT. Despite following all their rules and policies I was never good enough for these professors and I am grateful to be done with that hell and out in the real world were I actually learned how to be a nurse.

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Watts is an intense, accelerated program that demands many hours of clinical and classroom. The previous reviews do not share the policies of Watts that they agreed to upon admission. Clinical and classroom hours are required. There is no reason for a person dedicated to this life goal should miss anything. It is fully explained to them. If they cannot keep their commitment to the school, then they will be discharged from the school. Commitment to excellence is a demand on the students and faculty. Watts is the oldest nursing school in NC and has close to 100% pass rate for the NCLEX. There are only a certain number of spots available to each class and they will only give them to the most qualified students. Admission to Watts is a gift that should not be taken for granted. Watts fully prepares each nurse for their career. Students leave watts prepared for anything and everything. Most students go on to high level positions in the ER, ICU, Peds, cardiac care units. I was ready to work in the MICU the first day. If you can commit fully to this program you will be rewarded with a superior education. I have been a nurse for 15 years and still refer back to my education at watts.

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After being accepted to Watts, completing all the University of Mt. Olive/ Watts School of nursing requirements with an acceptable gpa, Watts School of Nursing rescinded my RN acceptance due to missing one week of class. I missed that one week due to Active Duty military training. My professor allowed me to make-up the final exam when he recalled I had spoken to him on the first day of class about my future military obligation duty. This class was the last of my 18credit hours with University of Mt Olive. Watts took the last of my G.I. Bill and all of my NC Tuition Assistance for the year. The school has no military policy and discriminates against reservist and veterans (which I am both). The school is not accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges so they could not aide me in re-admission. Watts School of nursing is a private entity thus they have no affiliation with the 17 public colleges of the University of NC System for Higher Learning thus they could not aide me either. University of Mt. Olive said I could continue at their school as long as I meet entrance to whatever program I was interested in, but that is not beneficial to me because I have a B.S. in Biology from Meredith College and an Associates in Mechanical and Electrical Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. I moved to NC because I desired to become a RN and this state claims to support veterans. Ongoing, I even contacted the NC Board of Nursing to file a complaint against Watts, but because they do not deal in admission policies of nursing schools; and I had not official started the first day of RN classes the NC Board of Nursing could not aide in my re-admission and/or receiving a refund for the needless courses at the University of Mt. Olive. Furthermore, I tried speaking with the Veterans representative at the VA hospital where I work. He listed several avenues to try but they were to no avail. Also, I spoke with the JAG attorney on my base. We researched if my dismissal was discriminatory, the conclusion was that it is. We researched if it was against federal and/or NC State law and whether or not Watts actions are a violation covered under USERRA. Long story short, my week of annual training was not long enough to be consider a infraction of the law. Thus, as Watts School of Nursing President Peggy Walters explained, 'We can take our admission back from anyone, for any reason at anytime without explanation!" So buyer beware... Vets please don't come here!!!!!!!!

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Pros- networking with Duke & Duke Regional hospital Cons- She may have retired by now , but the Assistant Dean (looks like Skeksis off the Dark Crystal) is rude and will look you right in the face and refuse to answer back with hello through her little tight crusty lips. However, she will drone on and on with speeches. She's also inconsiderate of student's time. Had a meeting with her and she just kept conversing with her friend and kept me waiting for 10 minutes. * Costly, mandatory 18 credit requirement at Mount Olive even if you already the pre-reqs required for class. * Each semester is about $6, 500 once you end up in "nursing classes" you graduate with one measly credit that equates to a general nursing class that will probably only transfer as an elective if you do not finish all 4 semesters. If you fail theory or clinicals- they don't let you just retake one, they make you retake everything even if you pass theory or passed clinicals, you have to retake everything. That's another $6,500 for the retake. * Clinicals- Subjective and also teachers tend to have favorites * Curriculum- Overload of busy work, work that doesn't count as a grade but if not done, will count against you.

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Location & Website

Address: 2828 Croadsaile Drive Suite 200


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +9194707344

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: wattsschoolofnursing.org

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