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Sampson Community College is known for its strong nursing program and the graduates who have moved on to serve the needs of communities far beyond Sampson County. The college is reaching beyond its borders once again to team up with UNC Wilmington to offer better opportunities for nursing students.

Through the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses Project (RIBN), SCC and UNCW’s School of Nursing will be able to provide and ensure the opportunity for a seamless four-year curriculum designed to significantly increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses in North Carolina.

“Sampson Community College is delighted to partner with the University of North Carolina Wilmington to offer the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Project to our students,” said Paul Hutchins, president of SCC. “RIBN is the implementation of an educational partnership between community colleges and universities with the goal to provide a four-year nursing option that dually enrolls students at SCC and UNCW. We look forward to working with UNCW to provide an outstanding Baccalaureate Nursing Program opportunity for our students.”

The agreement will allow a seamless process for well-qualified students enrolled in SCC’s ADN program to transfer to UNCW’s School of Nursing and complete their B.S. in Nursing. SCC will serve as the “home school” through the completion of the ADN degree in the RIBN course of study. Following graduation with an ADN degree, UNCW will then serve as the “home school” for students during their final year to complete the BS degree in professional nursing.

“This partnership 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.”

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 14,000 students, the university is widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff and a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship.

With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master¹s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership, UNCW is continuously recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. UNCW is dedicated to offering a community rich in diversity and inclusion, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.

The partnership was signed by both parties earlier this week.

To learn more about a career in nursing, contact SCC at 910-592-8081 or UNCW’s School of Nursing online.

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