Cabarrus College of Health Sciences was established in 1942 as a three-year diploma School of Nursing to assist in meeting the increasing demand for professional and well-trained nurses during the World War II era. The school is located in Concord, NC, a medium sized town just twenty miles outside of Charlotte. Cabarrus College of Health Science was first accredited in 1963 by the National League of Nurses. The first Associate Degrees were offered in 1989, and the school is constantly expanding and progressing in the programs it offers and the format they are offered in. Students graduating from Cabarrus College continuously have a very high passing rate percentage for the Nursing licensure board exams. Approximately five-hundred students attend the private school which offers both online and in-class curriculum for undergraduate students.
In the 2009-2010 school year Cabarrus College introduced Scholar 360 as their distance and online learning platform. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers online courses and the goal is to provide the entire program over the internet to students by the Spring of 2011. This is currently pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The percentage of courses currently taught online is nine percent, with six percent of courses offered as a blend of online and offline learning. The majority, or eighty-five percent of classes at Cabarrus are taken on campus in a classroom.
The College offers both Associate and Bachelor degree programs in many different areas including Medical Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Surgical Technology, Health Services Leadership and Management, and Medical Imaging. Cabarrus also offers many convenient continuing education courses for Registered Nurses including the Nurse Aide I – Training Program, Nurse Aid I Review Class, Medication Aide Training Program, Healthcare Provider CPR – Initial, and Healthcare Provider CPR – Recertification. The course fees for these classes range from forty-two dollars to four-hundred and twenty-two dollars. and can be taken at various times throughout the year to apply to license renewal.
Because Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is a private institution, the tuition rates for North Carolina and out of state residents is the same, ten-thousand dollars per semester. Room and board is approximated at eight-thousand with the additional cost of books and supplies averaging around thirteen-hundred dollars. Students paying per credit hour pay three-hundred and ten dollars each unit. There are many financial aid and assistance opportunities to attend Cabarrus including grants, scholarships and federal aid. The state of North Carolina has many grants including the Legislative Tuition Grant, and Incentive Grants. North Carolina offers its residents many scholarships in State Contractual Scholarship Fund, Lottery Scholarships, Nurse Scholars Program, and the Nurse Education Scholarship. Loans such as the North Carolina Student Loan Program for Health Science and Mathematics is available, and the school itself has many endowed scholarships.