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Eastern North Carolina Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (ENC RIBN) Frequently Asked Questions


1.  What is ENC RIBN?

The ENC RIBN program is a four year nursing option that will concurrently admit and enroll students to both East Carolina University and one of these five local community colleges:

       - Beaufort County Community College
       - Craven Community College
       - Lenoir Community College
       - Pitt Community College
       - Roanoke-Chowan Community College

This program will provide a seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education for top academic students.  The first three years of student will be at the community college campus along with at least one online course per semester at East Carolina University.  Upon successful completion of the first three years, students will take their fourth year at East Carolina University online.  Admission to the program is competitive and students will be chosen on the basis of specific academic requirements.

2.  What makes the ENC RIBN nursing educational model different than traditional two or four year nursing pathways?

This four year concurrent nursing option will provide a seamless transition from an associate degree to a baccalaureate degree in nursing.  The students will be concurrently enrolled at a designated community college and East Carolina University and will begin completing course requirements for a baccalaureate degree as soon as the first semester in the curriculum.  Because the first three years of classes will be held at the designated community college, students will also have the opportunity to pay mostly community college tuition rates through the RIBN model.

Designated community colleges in ENC RIBN: Beaufort County Community College, Craven Community College, Lenoir Community College, Pitt Community College, and Roanoke Chowan Community College.

3.   What scholarship monies are available for ENC RIBN students?

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4.   If I have already completed some of the general education courses in the RIBN curriculum, can I start my nursing courses before Year 2?

You will not be required to re-take any courses for which you have successful credit; however, there is not an option to start your nursing courses before Year 2 through the RIBN curriculum.

5.   If I have taken the SAT before, do I have to re-take to apply?

The SAT has three sections: Math, Writing, and Critical Reading.  You must have taken all three sections.  We require at least a 490 critical reading score to be eligible to apply.  Scores less than 500 in writing and math may be submitted for inclusion in the selection process, however since this is a competitive admissions program, be aware the higher your score, the more likely you are to be admitted.

6.   Is it possible to take the ACT instead of the SAT?

The ACT may be taken instead of the SAT to be eligible to apply for  ENC RIBN.  You must have taken all four sections of the ACT (English, reading, math, and writing).  The composite score must be 21 or higher on all sections to be eligible to apply for ENC RIBN.  Since this is a competitive admissions program, be aware the higher your score, the more likely you are to be admitted.

7.   What if I am missing some of the UNC minimum course requirements?

If you did not complete some of the required high school courses, you may take courses at the college level to satisfy these course requirements to be eligible to apply.

8.   If I have completed college course work, will you still look at my high school GPA?

If you have completed at least 12 credit hours of college coursework, we will consider your cumulative collegiate GPA, including any courses completed at the designated community college.

9.   Can I apply to a community college or ECU’s other nursing options as well as RIBN?

Yes.  Because nursing programs in the ENC region are so competitive, we encourage you to apply to as many options for which you are interested and eligible.  However, if you are accepted into the ENC RIBN program, applicants will have to sign a letter of intent which may be before the applicant knows the status with other applications and programs.