Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Program

Associate in Applied Science Degree
to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
at Western Carolina University

The RIBN curriculum comprises four years in nursing studies. Students graduate with both an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Blue Ridge Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Western Carolina University (WCU). Students are dually admitted to both WCU and Blue Ridge Community College for the first three years of the program and at WCU for the final year*.

Students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Examination (NCLEX-RN) after three years at BRCC. Prior to beginning the RIBN program, students will successfully complete the non-credit University Experience (UE101) course through WCU. Throughout the RIBN program, students must comply with all applicable Academi Regulations as listed in The Record, the WCU Undergraduate Catalog.

This curriculum complies with the standard approved by the State Board of Community Colleges. 

There are special admission procedures for the RIBN program. Contact Student Services for additional information.

Fall Semester  (16 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

ACA 115 Success and Study Skills
or
ACA 122 College Transfer Success

0

2

0

0

1

BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

0

0

4

CHM 151 General Chemistry I

3

3

0

0

4

MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra

3

2

0

0

4

Liberal Arts (WCU) 

-

-

-

-

3

Spring Semester (14 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

0

0

4

CHM 132 Organic and Biochemistry

3

3

0

0

4

CIS 110 Introduction to Computers

2

2

0

0

3

ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry

3

0

0

0

3

Liberal Arts (WCU)

-

-

-

-

3

Fall Semester  (16 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

NUR 111 Intro to Health Concepts

4

6

6

0

8

PED 110 Fit and Well for Life

1

2

0

0

2

PSY 241 Developmental Psychology

3

0

0

0

3

Liberal Arts (WCU)

-

-

-

-

3

Spring Semester (16-17 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

BIO 175 General Microbiology
or
BIO 275 Microbiology

2
or
3

2

0

0

3
or
4

NUR 112 Health Illness Concepts

3

0

6

0

5

NUR 211 Health Care Concepts

3

0

6

0

5

Liberal Arts (WCU)

-

-

-

-

3

Summer Term (08 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

NSG 346 Pathophysiology for Nurses (WCU)

-

-

-

-

3

NUR 114 Holistic Health Concepts

3

0

6

0

5

Fall Semester  (16 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Discip
or
ENG 114 Profes Research and Reporting

3

0

0

0

3

NUR 113 Family Health Concepts

3

0

6

0

5

NUR 212 Health System Concepts

3

0

6

0

5

Liberal Arts (WCU)

-

-

-

-

3

Spring Semester – Year 3 (16 Credits)

course

class

lab

Clinic

work Exp.

credit

COM 231 Public Speaking

3

0

0

0

3

NUR 213 Complex Health Concepts

4

3

15

0

10

Liberal Arts (WCU)

-

-

-

-

3

*Remainder of credit hours will be completed at Western Carolina University (Online and at Biltmore Park campus).

Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 128-129