Nursing: NCP RIBN (North Carolina Piedmont Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses)

The NCP RIBN program is four years of seamless nursing education leading to two degrees, an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree. It is a collaborative dual enrollment program of GTCC and North Carolina A & T State University.

Students will be enrolled in both GTCC and North Carolina A & T State University (NCAT) for the first 3 years, taking most of the coursework at GTCC. Classes at NCAT will be offered online during that time. Upon completing year 3 successfully, students graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Year 4 is at NCAT completing the bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Many hospitals require new graduates to have a bachelor’s degree upon hire or to gain a bachelor’s degree within a few years of hire. The bachelor’s degree is considered foundational for professional advancement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The RIBN program has a selective admissions process with defined selection criteria.  The number of seats available at present is 10.

Students interested in applying to this program should:

  • Apply to both colleges and meet basic college admission requirements for both colleges.
  • Meet program specific ranking criteria.
  • Attend a mandatory information session.
  • Submit a complete program application by the deadline date.

Students interested in applying to this program must follow guidelines on our Limited Entry Programs page.

Response:

  • You pay mostly community college tuition rates for the first three years of the program.
  • You are considered a nursing student from when you start the program and can apply for scholarships right away.
  • Unlike a traditional BSN program, you can begin working as a registered nurse at the end of the third year.
  • In many hospitals, the 4 year degree is preferred or mandatory.
  • The 4 year degree is the foundation for the master’s degree in nursing and educational progression

Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822 and select option 3.

The local chapters of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) also offer scholarships based on need and successful completion of their 2nd semester.

To be eligible for admission to NCP RIBN applicants must:

  1. Meet dual admission requirements and acceptance criteria set forth collaboratively by GTCC and NCAT.
  2. Meet the SAT score of 1000 (500 math and 500 English or Reading) or meet the ACT scores of 22 in Reading, 18 in English, and 22 in Math.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If a student has less than 20 credit hours of college coursework, then this requirement will default to the high school unweighted GPA.
  4. Demonstrate physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe and effective nursing care. (review the Technical Standards in the 2016 NCP RIBN Admission/Progression Packet).
  5. Take the TEAS® Version V (Test of Essential Academic Skills). Students may take the TEAS® after the NCP RIBN Advisor has determined eligibility to apply.

For more information about the TEAS®, please visit: https://atitesting.com/Home.aspx

RIBN originated with the Foundation for Nursing Excellence.  Financial support came from The Duke Endowment, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the NC Area Health Education Centers Program.