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Program Overview

The Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Collaborative program is a collaboration between Surry Community College (SCC) and Lees-McRae College (LMC) providing nursing students with an affordable and accessible opportunity to attain a baccalaureate degree in nursing on the campus of Surry Community College. Students are dually enrolled at SCC and LMC taking classes at both SCC (on SCC campus) and LMC (on-line) during the first three years of the program. At the end of the third-year students take the licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) and are then eligible to work as and RN while completing their final year of nursing courses online with Lees-McRae.

Completion of this program will provide opportunities for employment in various fields of nursing, and will open doors to additional opportunities in nursing including board-certifications, and the ability to attain further education at the master’s and doctoral levels.

The RIBN curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential. 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. The final year of education provides a particular emphasis on gerontological and community health nursing, use of evidence-based nursing knowledge, and leadership development.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) at the completion of the third year. Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities. Additionally, opportunities in nursing including management and leadership, community and population health, and case management are available to graduates of this program.

Each nursing (NUR) course must be taken sequentially as indicated in the curriculum plan and successfully completed to progress to subsequent nursing courses.
A nursing student prohibited from participating in a clinical agency will be dismissed from the nursing program due to their inability to progress.


Lees-McRae College
Dr. Claire Cline

Director of RN to BSN, Assistant Professor

May School of Nursing and Health Sciences
(828) 898-2549

Program Contacts:

Dr. Yvonne Johnson

Associate Dean - Health Sciences

Degree Curriculum

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MAT-171 Precalculus Algebra 4
SOC-210 Introduction to Sociology 3

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO-275 Microbiology 4
HIS-112 World Civilizations II 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3
NUR-111 Introduction to Health Concepts 8
NUR-117 Pharmacology 2

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

NUR-112 Health-Illness Concepts 5
NUR-113 Family Health Concepts 5
History of South App 3

Sophomore Year - Summer Semester

ENG-231 American Literature I 3
ENG-232 American Literature II 3
ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3
NUR-114 Holistic Health Concepts 5
PHI-240 Introduction to Ethics 3
PSY-241 Developmental Psychology 3

Junior Year - Fall Semester

NUR-211 Health Care Concepts 5
NUR-212 Health System Concepts 5
Introductory Biochemistry 3
Social Problems 3

Junior Year - Spring Semester

NUR-213 Complex Health Concepts 10
POL-120 American Government 3
Arts and Life 3

Senior Year - Fall Semester

Professional and Academic Success 3
Statistics for Critical Decision-Making 3
Gerontological Nursing 3
EBP and Nursing Research 3

Senior Year - Spring Semester

Nursing Inquiry, Informatics and Tech 3
Leadership and Management in Nursing 3
Comm and Population-Centered Care 4
Professional Nursing Capstone 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 129 Hours

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the SCC/LMC RIBN Program will:

  • Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team;
  • Integrate knowledge of the holistic needs of the individual to provide an individual centered assessment;
  • Incorporate informatics, to formulate evidence-based clinical judgments and management decisions;
  • Implement caring interventions incorporating documented best practices for individuals in diverse settings;
  • Develop a teaching plan for individuals, and/or the nursing team, incorporating teaching and learning principles;
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for positive individual and organizational outcomes;
  • Manage health care for the individual using cost effective nursing strategies, quality improvement processes, and current technologies.

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