Associate Degree Nursing - NCP RIBN

The RIBN program option provides four years in nursing studies.

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) is the home school for the first three years of the program. Students will be enrolled in both NC A&T State University (NC A & T) and DCCC for the first three years of the program, taking the majority of coursework at DCCC.

Classes with NC A&T State are online for the first three years. Students can work as a nurse after year three of study after successfully passing the NCLEX - RN. Costs are kept low because of lower tuition for course work is completed through DCCC. Also, the A & T State online courses are offered at a distance education rate for the first three years. Students can apply for nursing scholarships as soon as they are enrolled in the program.


2018 RIBN Special Criteria
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

RIBN Program from Foundation for Nursing Excellence (Video)
Interest Form: The North Carolina Piedmont (NCP) Project

Jobs available

  • Staff Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Operating Room Nurse
  • Cardiac Care Unit Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Charge Nurse

Courses you'll take

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

What you'll gain

Students will graduate from DCCC with three years of nursing education and clinical experience and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Students will continue in the fourth year with NC A & T. Graduates from NC A& T will earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Why is a four year nursing degree important?

Most hospitals require a four year degree in nursing. The four year degree is the building block to master's level nursing, such as a nurse practitioner, as well as advancement within the profession. Graduates of the program enjoy vast employment opportunities within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.



Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of nursing. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to health programs and the program student handbook. ADN Technical Standards

Probation and Suspension

A nursing student is placed on suspension status from the program for the following reasons:

  1. demonstrates behavior which conflicts with safety essential to nursing practice as judged by the nursing faculty;
  2. presents physical or emotional problems which conflict with safety essential to nursing practice and does not respond to appropriate treatment and/or counseling within a reasonable period of time; and/or
  3. receives a final grade of "D" or "F" in any required course in the ADN curriculum or receives a final clinical evaluation of "Unsatisfactory" in any nursing course.

Nursing students are subject to the same probation and suspension policies as all other students enrolled in the College. Additional criteria apply to nursing students.

Since requirements for progression in the nursing program are in addition to the general requirements of the College, a student suspended from the program is not necessarily suspended from the College. Students who are eligible to do so may continue in their supporting courses and apply for readmission to the nursing program at a later time or may elect to change their major.

Criminal Background Check, Urine Drug Screen, and Immunization Requirements for Conditionally Accepted Students

A criminal background check, urine drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component. Review the Clinical Training Requirements for Nursing Programs and the History and Physical Form for Nursing Programs.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Applicants for initial nursing licensure in North Carolina must complete a criminal background check as well.

Admission Requirements: 


To be eligible for admission to the NCP RIBN option applicants must:

1. Complete the application process as described in the NCP RIBN Special Criteria packet.

2. Meet dual admission requirements set forth collaboratively by Davidson County Community College and NC A&T State University.

3. Must meet minimum scores for SAT or ACT.

4. Cumulative GPA of 3.0. (If a student has less than 20 credit hours of college coursework, then this requirement will default to the high school unweighted GPA.)

5. Demonstrate physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe nursing care.

For more information about state-wide RIBN, please visit:

For more information on NCP RIBN: Kendra Willson, Student Success Adviser/Advocate for DCCC.


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.