Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses

The RIBN application dates are January 20, 2020 to April 1, 2020 

**Please note that Wilmington RIBN has changed and it will only be open for High School Seniors to apply to. For all other applicants, please read the bottom of this page**

Wilmington RIBN is a partnership between Cape Fear Community College and University of North Carolina-Wilmington that accepts students each Fall semester into the dually enrolled program. Students spend the first year completing general education requirements that count towards an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). The first year of RIBN can be completed either 1) entirely at UNCW or 2) primarily at CFCC while taking one online course at UNCW (option 2 provides the most economical benefits from savings in tuition). Years two and three are a guaranteed seat in the CFCC ADN program while taking one online course at UNCW each year. Students must be enrolled in one UNCW course each year, not missing two consecutive semesters, and not including summers. Students in the RIBN program are on track to 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 RIBN program. The fourth year will be completed entirely online in UNCW’s RN-BSN program to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree online while working and making full salary as an RN.

RIBN Information Packet 2020

Information Sessions

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

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

  • Estimated $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

For students not in high school:

For those not in high school, you can still follow the “RIBN track” on your own by completing co-requisite classes, meeting application criteria and applying directly to the CFCC Associates Degree of Nursing (ADN) program at CFCC, and then when you graduate and receive your RN license, you can apply to UNCW’s RN-BSN program to finish your bachelor degree online while working as a registered nurse.

You can read more about CFCC ADN program here:

You can read more about UNCW’s RN-BSN program here:

You can still enjoy many of the benefits of RIBN by following this track.

As RIBN Advisor, I would be happy to discuss any questions related to which educational nursing track would be best for your individual needs.


Rachel Kemp, RIBN Advisor
Wilmington RIBN advisor

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

Phone: 910-962-7659
Fax: 910-962-4921