The 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, Isothermal, 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 taken each semester 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 online through WCU and at the Biltmore Park instructional site.
See what students have to say about the RIBN Program.
Students applying to RIBN for Fall 2020 must meet admission requirements for both the community college and Western Carolina University.
Admission is based on the following criteria:
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.
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.
The current total estimated cost of attendance for the RIBN Program is $19,350.
Western Carolina University Contact:
Interim Program Director:
Sheila Price, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
For information about RIBN at WCU please contact our office of Student Services by emailing: WCUnursing@wcu.edu
Statewide RIBN collaboratives, please visit ribn.org