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Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses

Wilmington RIBN is a partnership between Cape Fear Community College and University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Each Fall a cohort of 10 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 a UNCW online course per year, not missing two consecutive semesters. 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.

Benefits of RIBN

  • a $13,000 cost saving because of tuition alone
  • eligible to work as an RN (and make full salary) 1 year earlier (after the 3rd year)​
  • 3 years of nursing school as opposed to only 2
  • Student success advocate available

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 www.ffne.org



Wilmington Campus
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Burgaw Center
100 East Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC 28425

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am to 5:30pm
Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm

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