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WNC Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses

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WNC RIBN will dually admit and enroll you at A-B Technical Community College and Western Carolina University and provide students with a seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education. Unlike in a traditional BSN program, students will have the opportunity to begin working as an registered nurse prior to the fourth year and pay mostly community college tuition rates.

WNC RIBN makes an associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing both affordable and accessible.  Upon successful completion of the first three years and RN licensure, students will then finish their fourth year of classes through WCU at WCU's Biltmore Park location.

WNC RIBN has 4-year and 3-year options.  See criteria below for more information.


 Why you should consider RIBN as an option:

  • You can work as a registered nurse prior to year four.
  • The costs are kept low since most of the program is at the community college. 
  • Students are considered a nursing student when they start the program.  As a result, students can apply for nursing scholarships right away!
  • Students graduate with three years of nursing education and clinical experience.  All coursework to complete the associates and bachelors nursing degrees is built into RIBN.
  • The classes with WCU are either online or at Biltmore Park.
  • The 4-year degree is the building block to master's level education.
  • If you want to work at a hospital, the 4-year degree is preferred or mandatory.

2019 entry criteria for application to the 4-year, 3-year options:  Coming soon!

Statewide RIBN website:

Video about RIBN:  RIBN video


Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program and licensure, the graduate will:


1. demonstrate skills necessary for transition to professional Nursing practice.

2. demonstrate knowledge necessary for transition to professional Nursing practice.

3. demonstrate cultural competency within Nursing.

4. utilize informatics and evidence based data to provide Nursing care to clients.

5. demonstrate behaviors necessary for transition to professional Nursing practice.

6. apply the principles of interdisciplinary team management.

 RIBN students at work in lab


The A-B Tech nursing program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.  The Western Carolina University School of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.






For more specific information about the RIBN option, please read the Admission to WNC RIBN and WNC RIBN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages.  Students can also contact Carol Douglas,, 828-398-7534.  To schedule an appointment, please click on this link: