The WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Program will dually admit and enroll you at Western Carolina University and at a partner 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.
See what students have to say about the RIBN Program.
Students applying to RIBN for Fall must meet admission requirements for both the community college and Western Carolina University.
Admission is based on the following criteria:
Students must apply first through the Community College RIBN Program. 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
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.
Partnering Community College Contacts:
Southwestern Community College RIBN Program
Linda Deeb | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | P: 828.339.4367
Blue Ridge Community College RIBN Program
Susan Greco | E: email@example.com | P: 828.694.1841
Isothermal Community College RIBN Program
Kelly Collum | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | P: 828.395.1606
A-B Tech Community College RIBN Program
Amy Jo Parker | E: email@example.com | P: 828.398.7534
Western Carolina University Contact:
Interim Program Director:
Ramona Whichello, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Kia Countess, DNP, RN, CNE
Sheila Price, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Tamra Shea, PhD, MSN, RN
Francine Sheppard, PhD, RN, CNE
For information about RIBN at WCU please email: WCUnursing@wcu.edu
Statewide RIBN collaboratives, please visit ribn.org