Nursing, WNC RIBN


WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (WNC RIBN)

Admission to WNC RIBN

Thank you for your interest in the WNC RIBN Nursing option. Students applying to WNC RIBN must meet dual admission requirements set forth collaboratively by SCC and WCU. WNC RIBN will accept applications through January 31 for the RIBN class that begins fall semester of the same year. For more information about applying to RIBN, please contact the RIBN advisor.

Admission to WNC RIBN is highly competitive. All students must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply:
  • General acceptance to Western Carolina University: requires if less than 24 years of age that the student has taken these courses- 4 units of English; 2 units of social studies- one being US History; 4 units of math- Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and an advanced math beyond Algebra 2; 3 units of science- such as, life science, physical science, chemistry, biology- must have taken one science with a lab; 2 units of a language (must be 2 units of the same language) other than English. Some exceptions to these course requirements are possible. See the SCC RIBN Advisor to discuss possible options.
  • ACT - composite score of 17 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 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 ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).  RIBN applicants must score 70 or higher on the ATI TEAS examination. For more information about the TEAS, please visit
  • It is required all RIBN applicants interview with the RIBN Advisor prior to the registration deadline January 31 for acceptance into the fall program.
  • Applicants must meet Phase I Nursing Associate Degree requirements by January 31 of the year desired to enter RIBN.
WNC RIBN will dually admit and enroll you at Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University and provide 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 end of your third year in this option and pay mostly community college tuition rates.

WNC RIBN makes an associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing both affordable and accessible. The first three years of WNC RIBN will be hosted on SCC's campus with one class completed online through WCU each third semester. Upon successful completion of the first three years, you will then finish your fourth year of classes through WCU.

Students are required to:
  1. Hold a documented, current, unrestricted credential as a Nurse Aide I (NAI) from the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry and the Division of Health Service Regulation or other health care current licensure.
  2. Maintain dual admission and continued enrollment at both SCC and WCU by completing at least one WCU online course each third semester during years 1 through 3.
  3. Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater and at least a "C" in every course to progress in the RIBN option.
  4. Maintain full-time enrollment each semester if a recipient of the NC Forgivable Education Loan Program.
  5. Home school will be SCC years 1, 2, and 3.
  6. Year 1: enroll in general education courses at SCC and WCU as advised by the RIBN Nursing Student Advisor
  7. Year 2 and 3: enroll in Associate Degree Nursing courses at SCC and continue enrollment in WCU courses as advised by the SCC RIBN Advisor.
  8. Year 4: home school will be WCU
  9. Successfully pass NCLEX –RN  to progress to year 4 at WCU.
  10. See the RIBN nursing advisor for the recommended course sequence.

This program is approved by the:
North Carolina Board of Nursing
PO Box 2129
Raleigh, NC 27602

WNC RIBN Nursing - Program of Study

Offered Online: No
Program Advisor: Students interested in WNC RIBN should contact:
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Linda Deeb
Western North Carolina Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (WNC RIBN) Nursing Advisor (Student Success Advocate)
800.447.4091 ext 4367