Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses

Wilmington RIBN is a partnership between Cape Fear Community College and University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Each Fall students are dually enrolled in CFCC and UNCW. Students complete the first three years home-based at CFCC with general study courses the first year and then nursing courses the second and third years. Students will be enrolled in one UNCW online course per year for the first three years, not missing two consecutive semesters, and not including summers. Students will receive their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at the end of the third year. After passing the NCLEX-RN students will be licensed to practice as a RN and matriculate into the fourth year of the program. The fourth year will be completed entirely online through UNCW to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). In the fourth year, students will complete coursework in gerontological and community health nursing, as well as evidenced-based practice and leadership development.

Information Session Dates and Times

(Each session will be held after the information session for the ADN program)

 Wednesday  Sept. 14, 2016  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm  Room U-170
 Wednesday  Dec. 7, 2016  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Room U-170


Erin Escarsega would be happy to schedule an appointment with you any time to discuss the RIBN program, application requirements, choosing courses and/or answer any questions you may have.

Benefits of RIBN compared to a traditional 4-year University Nursing BSN program:

  • $13,000 cost saving in tuition alone
  • Eligible to work as an RN and make full salary after year three
  • Three years of nursing school as opposed to only two
  • Student success advisor assigned specifically to the RIBN students

RIBN is a component of a multi-regional project funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, and The Duke Endowment through the Foundation for Nursing Excellence



Erin Escarsega RN BSN
Wilmington RIBN advisor

Cape Fear Community College
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401-3901
Counseling Department
2nd Floor, Union Station

Phone: 910.362.7634
Fax: 910.362.7087