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SCC Nursing Students Can Obtain Four-Year Degree through Partnership with WCU on SCC Campus

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Beginning with the Fall 2023 semester, Surry Community College Nursing students have the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing on the campus of Surry Community College through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) program collaboration between Surry Community College and Western Carolina University.

This collaborative program between SCC and WCU provides nursing students with an affordable and accessible opportunity to attain a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing while attending classes on the campus of SCC with online classes through WCU.

Students are dually enrolled at SCC and WCU, and take in-person classes at SCC, along with certain online classes at WCU, 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 a Registered Nurse (RN) while completing their final year of nursing, which is offered as an online course through WCU. The opportunity to be employed as RNs after the third year in the RIBN program engages nurses in the workforce a year earlier. In traditional four-year baccalaureate programs, students cannot begin their nursing employment until they complete the fourth year of nursing school.

Graduates of the RIBN program will be prepared for employment in various fields of nursing in the hospital or the outpatient setting. They will quickly be able to advance into leadership roles as well as roles in nursing education. The advanced degree through the RIBN program positions the graduate to obtain board certification or pursue further education at the master’s or doctoral level.

For more information on SCC's Health Sciences programs, contact Associate Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Yvonne Johnson, RN, at (336) 386-3368 or johnsony@surry.edu. Follow Surry's nursing students on Facebook @surrynursing.

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