The mission of Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses is to improve the health and health outcomes of North Carolinians by enhancing the educational preparation and diversity of the nursing workforce. The program provides a four-year nursing option that concurrently enrolls students in a community college – where students obtain their associate degree in nursing – and later, a university – where they complete their bachelor's degree in nursing.
Started in 2010, there are now eight regional RIBN partnerships across the state. The Eastern North Carolina RIBN program dually admits students to East Carolina University and one of these five local community colleges that partner with the ECU College of Nursing.
Kelly Cleaton, ENC RIBN Student Success Advocate
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.
For more information about the statewide RIBN program, visit www.ribn.org. For more information on the background and funding of RIBN, visit the Foundation for Nursing Excellence website at www.ffne.org/ribn-project.