three nursing students work on a simulated infant. One of the students has a prominent R I B N patch on the shoulder of her uniform

Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses Blue Ridge Community College Western Carolina University RIBN logo

What is RIBN?

  • RIBN students are admitted to both the associates and bachelors of nursing. Students have an option of completing the program in four or three years. See application criteria below.
  • Blue Ridge Community College is the home school for most of the program
  • Students are dual enrolled with Western Carolina University in this program, with classes online or at their Biltmore Park location.
  • During the fourth year, students take classes at WCU, both at Biltmore Park campus and online.
  • Students can work as a Registered Nurse after completing the ADN program and becoming licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Costs are kept low because most of the course work is completed through Blue Ridge.
  • 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?

  • Many hospitals prefer 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.

Selective Admissions Information: RIBN

Students applying to WNC RIBN must meet dual admission requirements set forth collaboratively by Blue Ridge Community College and Western Carolina University.

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

  • General acceptance to Western Carolina University and Blue Ridge Community College.
  • ACT score with a minimum score of 19.
  • 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® 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.

RIBN Application and Continuation Criteria