Quick facts

RIBN was adapated from the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) Model for dually admitting students into a seamless four-year educational track. 

RIBN was piloted in North Carolina in Western North Carolina between Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Western Carolina University. Western NC RIBN has since expanded to include three additional community colleges.

The first RIBN students began in Fall 2010 with the goal of obtaining their BSN in 2014.

In 2011, RIBN expanded to include regional collaboratives in the Charlotte area (Centralina), Eastern North Carolina, Hickory, and Wilmington.

By 2016, 8 RIBN regional collaboratives, including  historically black as well as native American-serving universities and colleges, were admitting students into the RIBN educational pathway.

RIBN currently includes nearly half of the colleges offering ADN programs and several partnering universities. 


Hear what our first-year RIBN students have to say about the program. Read the Student Survey Report here.


We've compiled a RIBN timeline from 2008-2016. Read the Brief History here.

The Foundation for Nursing Excellence coordinated the RIBN project from 2008-2016 with financial support from The Duke Endowment, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the NC Area Health Education Centers.