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Nursing, WNC RIBN

A QUICK INTRO

Want to pursue a bachelor's degree in Nursing? Through WNC RIBN, you will dually enroll at Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University for a four-year, seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education. Unlike in a traditional university BSN program, you will have the opportunity to begin working as an RN at the end of your third year in this option and pay mostly community college tuition rates.

 

WHAT YOU STUDY

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EARN

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Admission Criteria

COURSE INFORMATION

Click on title for course description. For your convenience, the following listing includes only credit hours for each course. For a comprehensive listing of classroom, lab and clinical hours for each course, click on this PDF.

 

FIRST YEAR

SUMMER SEMESTER 

UE 101 University Experience WCU online Pass/Fail no cost- REQUIRED prior to first fall semester in the RIBN program.  

 

FALL SEMESTER 1

Prefix No. Title Credit
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 1
BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHM 131 Intro to Chemistry 3
CHM 131A Intro to Chemistry Lab 1
ENG 111 Writing & Inquiry 3
PSY 150 Liberal Arts* 3
    Totals 15

 

SPRING SEMESTER 1

BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 112 Writing & Research in the Disciplines 3
HEA 110 Personal Health & Wellness 3
*** *** Liberal Arts* 3
Choose one of the following:  
MAT 152 Statistical Methods OR 4
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra 4
    Totals 17

 

SUMMER SEMESTER 2

*** *** CNA Course Completion  
NSG 346 Pathophysiology/Upper Level Liberal Studies online/WCU 3
    Totals 3

 

 

SECOND YEAR

FALL SEMESTER 2

BIO 175 General Microbiology 3
NUR 111 Intro to Health Concepts 8
NUR 117 Pharmacology 2
*** *** Liberal Arts* 3
    Totals 16

 

SPRING SEMESTER 2

NUR 112 Health-Illness Concepts ~ 1st 8 weeks 5
NUR 114 Holistic Health Concepts ~ 2nd 8 weeks 5
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology 3
*** *** Liberal Arts* 3
    Totals 16

 

SUMMER SEMESTER 3

*** *** Liberal Arts* Upper Level WCU online course
NUR 113 Family Health Concepts 5
    Totals 8

 

 

THIRD YEAR

FALL SEMESTER 3

COM 231 Public Speaking 3
NUR 211 Health Care Concepts 5
NUR 212 Health System Concepts 5
*** *** Liberal Arts* Upper Level WCU online course 3
    Totals 16

 

SPRING SEMESTER 3

NUR 213 Complex Health Concepts 10
    Totals 10

 

SUMMER SEMESTER 3

*** *** Option: Liberal Arts* Upper Level WCU online course  
*** *** NCLEX Exam  
*** *** Transition to Practice  

 

 

FOURTH YEAR

FALL SEMESTER 4

*** *** Nursing Classes at WCU: NSG 302 (6) & NSG 327 (3)  All courses online 9

 

SPRING SEMESTER 4

*** *** Nursing Classes at WCU: NDG 328 (3), NSG 331 (3) & Research (6)  All courses online 12

 

*Indicates the Liberal Arts course may be taken either at SCC or WCU per advising recommendation(s).

 

Degree:

AAS

Program ID:

A45110RB

Eligible for Financial Aid:

Yes

Online Percentage:

27%

 

Program Advisor:

Linda Deeb, RIBN Student Success Advisor

Linda Deeb
Western North Carolina Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (WNC RIBN) Nursing Advisor (Student Success Advocate)

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