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Nursing, WNC RIBN - Admission Criteria

WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (WNC RIBN)

WNC RIBN will dually admit and enroll you Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University and provide you with a four year, seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education. Unlike in a transitional 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 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. Provide documentation of successful completion of a NC approved Certified Nurse Aide I program which includes theory, lab, and clinical components no later than the first day of fall semester year two. (A copy of a college transcript or a notarized course completion certificate will be acceptable documentation).
2. 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.
3. Maintain dual admission and continued enrollment at both SCC and WCu by completing at least one WCU course each semester (Fall/Spring) during years 1 through 3.
4. Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater to progress in the RIBN option.
5. Maintain full-time enrollment each semester if a recipient of the NC Forgivable Education Loan Program.
6. Home school will be SCC years 1, 2, and 3.
7. Year 1: enroll in general education courses at SCC and WCU as advised by the RIBN Nursing Student Advisor
8. Year 2 and 3: enroll in Associate Degree Nursing courses at SCC and continue enrollment in WCU courses as advised by RIBN Nursing Student Advisor.
9. Year 4: home school will be WCU
10. Successfully pass NCLEX –RN  to progress to year 4.
11. 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

For more specific information about the RIBN nursing option, please read the Admission to WNC RIBN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages.

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, 2014 for the RIBN class that begins fall semester 2014. 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
• SAT Critical Reading – minimum 500 score required which is three years or less during the application period
• 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 TEAS Version V (Test of Essential Academic Skills). Students may take the TEAS after the WNC RIBN Advisor has determined eligibility to apply. For more information about the TEAS, please visit:

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