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Eastern North Carolina
Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (ENC RIBN)

The mission of RIBN is to improve the health and health outcomes of North Carolinians by increasing the educational preparation and diversity of the nursing workforce.

RIBN is coordinated statewide by the Foundation for Nursing Excellence with financial support from the Duke Endowment, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the NC Area Health Education Centers Program. The statewide RIBN program website can be found at

RIBN is a new educational track to a BSN degree.  ENC RIBN is an innovative partnership to provide essential nursing resources for eastern North Carolina. Below you will find a complete description of the program, information on how to apply, dates and deadlines, and information specific to each of our community college partners.

Eastern North Carolina Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (ENC RIBN) is a partnership between Beaufort County Community College, Craven Community College, Lenoir Community College, Pitt Community College, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, and East Carolina University. Candidates are enrolled in both the designated community college and at ECU.


ECN RIBN Designated Partnership:

  • Beaufort County Community College
  • Craven Community College
  • Lenoir Community College
  • Pitt Community College
  • Roanoke-Chowan Community College
  • East Carolina University


RIBN Program Features for the Community Colleges:

  • Completion of general education course requirements and an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at a designated local community college.
  • Community college counselors and advisors available for assistance.


RIBN Program Features for East Carolina University:

  • Completion of BSN degree within 4 years.
  • Student success advocate available for assistance.
  • Less expensive than attending the on-campus program at ECU.


RIBN Program Requirements:

  • Four units of English
  • Two units of social studies (one in US History)
  • Four units of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and an advanced unit of mathematics beyond algebra II)
  • Three units of science (life science, physical science, and a laboratory course; biology and chemistry preferred)
  • Two units of a language other than English
  • To be eligible for admission to the RIBN program a student must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


Testing  Requirements:

Students may take the SAT or ACT to meet the testing requirement for admission to ENC RIBN.

  • The SAT score in critical reading must meet the minimum score of 490 or higher to be considered for admission to ENC RIBN.  Students scoring less than 490 in the writing or math component of the SAT must meet the minimum score requirement on the Accuplacer.
  • The ACT composite score must meet the minimum score requirements of 21 on all sections of the ACT (English, reading, math and writing included).  Students scoring less that 21 on the English, math or writing section must meet the minimum score requirements on the Accuplacer.

Applications accepted after September 1 for the RIBN class that begins the following fall semester. The deadline to apply for fall admission is January 31.

Prior to entering year 2 of the ENC RIBN curriculum, each student must have a criminal background check.