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 year online through WCU as advised by their community college advisor. Upon successful completion of the first three years, students finish their fourth year online through WCU and at the Biltmore Park instructional site.
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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:
Students apply to the RIBN Program through the Community College. For more details, please contact one of the RIBN Student Success Advocates listed under Contact Information below.
The curriculum plan will vary depending on the community college you are attending. Throughout the first three years students will complete 4 courses through WCU while enrolled at their Community College.
Students are required to complete all courses with a "C" or higher while maintaining no less than a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
The current total estimated cost of attendance for the RIBN Program is $19,350. The
cost may vary based on Community College expenses and when WCU courses are taken during
RIBN ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE
At WCU, tuition for all undergraduate students has been reduced to $500 per fall and spring semesters for in-state students and $2,500 for out-of-state students. This is made possible through the State of North Carolina's NC Promise program. Please note that this applies only to the WCU tuition and not the costs of the community college partner.
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Western Carolina University Contact:
Sheila Price, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Kia Countess, DNP, RN, CNE
Tamra Shea, PhD, MSN, RN
Francine Sheppard, PhD, RN, CNE
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