UNCW Partners with Sampson Community College to Prepare Nurses in NC

Friday, August 08, 2014

The University of North Carolina Wilmington and Sampson Community College are partnering to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses in the state, the University announced today.

UNCW and SCC have entered into an agreement that will provide a seamless four-year curriculum through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses Project (RIBN). RIBN allows educational partnership between community colleges and universities with the goal to provide a four-year nursing option that dually enrolls students.
The agreement will allow well-qualified students enrolled in SCC’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program to transfer to UNCW and complete their Bachelor of Science inNursing. SCC will serve as the "home school" through the completion of the ADN degree inthe RIBN course of study. Following graduation with an ADN degree, UNCW will then serveas the "home school" for students during their final year to complete the B.S. degree inprofessional nursing.
“This new partnership between UNCW's School of Nursing and Sampson Community College is an exciting venture that will allow both institutions to address the increased need for baccalaureate nurses,” said Carol Heinrich, UNCW’s School of Nursing Interim Associate Director and RNBS program coordinator. “As a university, we are always seeking opportunities that will positively challenge students and create opportunities for them in the workforce.”
SCC President Paul Hutchins said the community college is “delighted to partner with the University of North Carolina Wilmington to offer the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses Project to our students. We look forward to working with UNCW to provide an outstanding Baccalaureate Nursing Program opportunity for our students.”
For more information, visit UNCW’s School of Nursing website at