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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.

about the RIBN program

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 pay mostly community college tuition rates for the first three years. Upon successful completion of the first three years, students finish their fourth year through WCU Programs at Biltmore Park.

Admissions Requirements

Students applying to the WNC RIBN for Fall 2018 must meet admission requirements for both the community college and Western Carolina University.

Admission is based on the following criteria:

  1. General acceptance to WCU and partnering community college.
    • To be eligible to apply to WNC RIBN 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 in high school courses.
    • 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. The 20 hours will not include any developmental courses (below 100 levels).
  2. ACT Composite Score
    • The state minimum for  ACT is 17. Official high school scores are acceptable.
    • Note: a competitive ACT score is 24 or higher.
    • Applicants who have never taken the ACT or wish to improve their score may take/retake the exam through the WCU Testing Center or an approved ACT test site.
    • Applicants are allowed to retake the ACT once every 60 days. Scores must be available by the application deadline
  3. ATI TEAS exam score of 70 or higher.

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.

application process

Students apply to the RIBN Program through the community college. Please contact one of the RIBN Student Success Advocates listed below for more details.


The curriculum plan may vary depending on the community college you are attending.

Examples of curriculum plans

program costs

The current total estimated cost of attendance for the RIBN Program is $19,350.


contact information

Southwestern Community College RIBN Program

          Linda Deeb | E: | P: 828-339-436


Blue Ridge Community College RIBN Program

          Susan Greco | E: | P: 828-694-1841


Isothermal Community College RIBN Program

          Lisa Courtney | E: | P: 828-395-1531


A-B Tech Community College RIBN Program

          Students can meet with a Pre-Nursing Advisor in the Bailey Building or email for                    more information


Western Carolina University RIBN Program

          Student Services | E: | P: 828-654-6558


Statewide RIBN collaboratives, please visit


The following links allow you to access a video: RIBN video on YouTube or RIBN video on Vimeo

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