Associate Degree Nursing - NCP RIBN

RIBN is four years in nursing studies. Students graduate with two degrees in those four years: both an associate degree and bachelor's degree in nursing.

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 registered nursing. These technical standards are published in the admission packet for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 


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

1. Complete the application process as described in the 2018 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.