Nursing – RIBN: Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses

Sandhills welcomed our first RIBN cohort in 2014.  RIBN is a partnership between Sandhills Community College and UNC Pembroke consisting of a four-year pathway for students to achieve a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) at the beginning of their nursing careers. This program offers an affordable and accessible option for obtaining a baccalaureate degree while remaining close to home; a longer career with increased earnings and career options; and increased educational opportunities for graduate education at the masters and doctoral levels.


Deadline to Apply

The priority deadline for students wishing to enter the Fall cohort is February 1st.


Program Information

The RIBN curriculum is highly structured and rigorous.  Because of this, ideal RIBN candidates are high school seniors or students who have taken fewer than 15 credits of college coursework.  Additionally, candidates are encouraged to complete Nurse Aide I while in high school.

Current college students may be able to apply if all Year One classes can be completed prior to beginning the ADN program; students should speak with their Nursing advisor about their eligibility.

View RIBN Prerequisites and Admissions Information

SouthCentral RIBN Collaborative


Application Process

  1. Submit a RIBN Information Form.  RIBN Information Form
  2. Apply to both Sandhills and UNC-Pembroke.  Select Nursing as your major at Sandhills, and Pre-Nursing as your major at UNC-Pembroke.  Submit all necessary transcripts and test scores to both colleges.
  3. Submit the RIBN application (which will be sent to you after you submit the RIBN Information Form).



Sandhills Community College Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-909-2526

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at the University of North Carolina Pembroke is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Contact Information

James Crouch, Jr.
RIBN Student Success Advocate