RIBN students at Biltmore park campus


WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Program will dually admit and enroll you at Western Carolina University and an area community college. Currently the WCU School of Nursing has a RIBN partnership with Asheville-Buncombe Technical, Blue Ridge and Southwestern community colleges. The RIBN Program provides you with a four year, seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education. Unlike in a traditional BSN program, you will have the opportunity to begin working as an RN at the start of your fourth year.

The RIBN Option makes a bachelor’s degree in nursing both affordable and accessible. The first three years will be hosted on the community college's campus, with one class each semester taken online through WCU. Students in the RIBN Option pay mostly community college tuition rates for the first three years of your baccalaureate nursing education. Upon successful completion of the first three years, you will then finish your fourth year of classes through WCU Programs at Biltmore Park.


The RIBN Connections Newsletter, Summer 2015, has been uploaded to the RIBN website. The following link (RIBN Connections Newsletter) allows you access to the newsletter .

Additionally, the RIBN video has been updated to include an option for closed caption. The following links ( RIBN video on YouTube or RIBN video on Vimeo) allows you to access the video. Just a quick note, click the button on the video to view/hide the closed caption option.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The current total estimated cost of attendance for the RIBN Program is $19,350. Click here to view the RIBN Program's estimated costs by year.

Admission to WNC RIBN

Students applying to the WNC RIBN for Fall 2018 must meet admission requirements of both the community college and Western Carolina University. Admission is based on the following criteria:

1. General acceptance to WCU and partnering community college.

      a. To be eligible to apply to WNC directly from high school or before completion of at least
      20 hours of college credit, a student must have an unweighted cumulative grade-point average
      (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
      b. To be eligible to apply for admission to WNC RIBN after completion of at least 20 hours of
      college credit (100 level or higher), a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

2. ACT Composite Score or the SAT Critical Reading exam. Applicants can submit either exam, keeping the following in mind:
      a. No minimum ACT Composite Score
      b. 500 minimum on the previous SAT version or a 27 on the current SAT version
      c. Beginning with the Fall 2019 application cycle, only the ACT Composite Score will be accepted. The SAT Critical Reading score will no longer be accepted.

3. ATI TEAS exam score of 70 or higher.

For more information about the Southwestern Community College RIBN Program, please contact Linda Deeb, l_deeb@southwesterncc.edu, 828-339-4367.

Students interested in the A-B Tech Community College and Blue Ridge Community College RIBN Programs should contact Carol Douglas, caroladouglas@abtech.edu, 828-398-7534.

For more information about the Isothermal Community College RIBN Program, please contact Trisa Hines, thines@isothermal.onmicrosoft.com, 828-395-4274.

For more information about the Western Carolina University RIBN Program, please contact Leigh Angel, laangel@wcu.edu, 828-654-6558. For information about statewide RIBN collaboratives, please visit ribn.org

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