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Frequently Asked Questions

For a brief overview of RIBN, please watch this presentation. 

How is the RIBN path different than a typical two year or four year path?

If I already have a degree, can I still apply to RIBN?

What financial aid is available for RIBN students?

I already have some college credits. Can I be exempt from some of the general education courses?

Can I apply to other nursing programs?

Who can I contact with more questions or to receive more information?

Question: How is the RIBN path different than a typical two year or four year path?

Answer:  The RIBN program allows students to graduate with an associates and bachelors degree in only four years. Students will begin working toward their bachelors during the first year of the program while they are  enrolled at the community college. The students will have a reduced out-of-pocket expense with the RIBN program than if the student got a traditional four-year degree.  The students spends the first three years at the community college.  After the third year, the student graduates with their ADN and then transitions to UNCP for the fourth year where he or she will earn a BSN.  Students accepted in RIBN will receive preferred admission to the community college and UNCP's nursing program if eligibility requirements are met!

Question: If I already have a degree, can I still apply to RIBN?

Answer:  Students with more than 30 college credits should schedule an appoint with the Student Success Advocate to determine whether the RIBN pathway is the best option toward obtaining an ADN and BSN. 

Question: What financial aid is available for RIBN students?

Answer:  Our students are highly encouraged to apply for the FELS program in December of their first year of RIBN. However, students may apply for FELS at any time during the program. Students are also eligible for any grants or scholarships that they qualify for.  Students who graduate from Sandhills Community College's RIBN Program may be eligible for a $1,000 Pembroke Pathways Scholarship for the fourth year of the RIBN Program.

Question:  I already have some college credits. Can I be exempt from some of the general education courses?

Answer:  Students who receive equivalent credit for a course will not be required to retake the course.  Course equivalencies are determined by the Registrar's Office at UNCP and the corresponding office at the community college.

Question:  Can I apply to other nursing programs?

Answer:  Yes. If you are accepted into RIBN, you have preferred acceptance to the UNCP Nursing Program and the Community College Nursing Program. This acceptance is contingent upon remaining eligible to participate in RIBN and there being a seat available in the ADN program. Students are encouraged to apply to other nursing programs and/or universities in the event that they are not accepted into RIBN.  Students can not transfer from one RIBN nursing program to another RIBN school and remain in the RIBN Program.

Question: Who can I contact with more questions or to receive more information?

Answer:  Please contact the SouthCentral RIBN Student Success Advocate, James Crouch, at 910.775.4146 or James.Crouch@uncp.edu.