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BRCC RIBN Students

Western NC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses

Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN)

image RIBN logoWhat is RIBN?

  • RIBN is four years in nursing studies. Students graduate with two degrees in those four years: both an associate degree and bachelor's degree in nursing.

  • Blue Ridge Community College is the home school for three years of the program.
  • Students will be enrolled in both Western Carolina University and BRCC for the first three years of the program, taking the majority of coursework at BRCC.

  • Classes with WCU are either online or at Biltmore Park campus.

  • During the fourth year, students take classes at WCU, both at Biltmore Park campus and online.

  • Students can work as a nurse after year three of study.

  • Costs are kept low because most of the course work is completed through BRCC.

  • Students can apply for nursing scholarships as soon as they are enrolled in the program.

  • Students will graduate with three years of nursing education and clinical experience.


Why is a four year nursing degree important?

  • Most hospitals require a four year degree in nursing.
  • The four year degree is the building block to master's level nursing, such as a nurse practitioner, as well as advancement within the profession.



Students applying to WNC RIBN must meet dual admission requirements set forth collaboratively by Blue Ridge Community College and Western Carolina University.  BRCC RIBN will accept applications through January 26, 2017, for the BRCC RIBN class that begins Fall semester 2017.​

Criteria for application to RIBN, 4 year option:  coming soon

Criteria for 3-year RIBN: coming soon

Criteria for 2.5 year RIBN: coming soon



Students must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply:

  • General acceptance to Western Carolina University and Blue Ridge Community College. 

  • SAT Critical Reading for RIBN scoring is under review.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0. (If a student has less than 20 credit hours of college coursework, then this requirement will default to the high school unweighted GPA.)

  • All applicants to WNC RIBN must take the TEAS(r) Version 6 (Test of Essential Academic Skills). Students may take the TEAS® after the WNC RIBN Adviser has determined eligibility to apply. A minimum score of 70 is required.


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Contact Us

Carol Douglas
(828) 694-1841

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RIBN is coordinated statewide by the Foundation for Nursing Excellence with financial support from The Duke Endowment, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the NC Area Health Education Centers Program.

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