Centralina RIBN

Centralina RIBN (CRIBN) is a four year nursing option that will dually admit and enroll students to both UNC Charlotte and one of these three Associate Degree Colleges:

Carolinas College of Health Sciences (www.carolinascollege.edu)

Central Piedmont Community College (www.cpcc.edu)

Gaston College (www.gaston.edu)


The CRIBN option will provide a seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education for top academic students. The first three years of study will be hosted on the Associate Degree College campus along with one course taken each semester through UNC Charlotte. Upon successful completion of the first three years, students will complete their final year of baccalaureate nursing courses online through UNCC.

RIBN makes a bachelor's degree in nursing both affordable and accessible. Admission to the CRIBN nursing option is competitive, and students will be selected based upon specific academic requirements. For more information about the RIBN nursing option, please read the CRIBN Admissions Criteria and CRIBN F.A.Q. pages.

Why Choose RIBN?

Unlike in a traditional BSN option, RIBN students have the opportunity to begin working as an RN at the start of their fourth year, once they have passed the NCLEX-RN. In addition, the RIBN option is a value because enrolled students pay mostly their Associate Degree tuition rates for the first three years of study in the RIBN program.

The RIBN option provides you with:

• Expanded career and educational opportunities.

• An affordable way to receive a valuable baccalaureate nursing degree.

• The opportunity for employment as an RN after the first three years of study, after you have passed the NCLEX-RN.

• A seamless transition from your Associate Degree College into UNC Charlotte enhanced by dual admission and enrollment during Years 1-3.

• Dedicated CRIBN Advisor, faculty and staff who work with and mentor RIBN students throughout the four years of study.

Enrolled CRIBN students can be eligible to apply for the types of financial aid offered through their Associate Degree College for Years 1-3 and UNC Charlotte during Year 4. RIBN not only makes a bachelor's degree both affordable and accessible but will prepare students to further their education beyond the baccalaureate level in the future.


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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.