Western RIBN

The WNC RIBN program will dually admit and enroll students at Western Carolina University and one of four community colleges (Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Blue Ridge Community College, Isothermal Community College or Southwestern Community College) to provide a four year, seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education. 

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 at the respective community college campuses, 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 at WCU.

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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.