CFCC to Hold Information Night for New Bachelor’s Degree Nursing Program with UNCW

Interested students and parents of students are invited to attend an information night for a new bachelor’s degree nursing program offered in a collaborative effort between Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Known as the RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) project, the program is designed allow students to earn both an associate degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing in just four years.

The information night will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the downtown Wilmington Campus of Cape Fear Community College from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences building in room L-305

Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about Wilmington’s newest nursing program, how to apply to the program, and meet with UNCW admissions counselors and CFCC nursing faculty.

Having both degrees gives students a great advantage in the job market, according to Wilmington RIBN coordinator Celeste Connelly.

“Having a bachelor’s degree in nursing opens even more new doors of opportunity for students, allowing them to go into management positions or advanced practice,” Connelly said.

She explained that the program is a “seamless transition into a four-year degree” and is also cost-effective for students because the first three years of the program takes place at CFCC.

Students complete the first three years based at CFCC with general study courses the first year and then nursing courses the second and third years. Students will be enrolled in a UNCW online course per semester. Students will receive their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at the end of the third year. After passing the NCLEX-RN students will be eligible to practice as a RN and matriculate into the fourth year of the program. The fourth year will be completed online at UNCW. To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN), students will complete coursework in gerontological and community health nursing, as well as evidenced-based practice and leadership development.

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