Thank you for your interest in ENC RIBN. Students admitted to ENC RIBN must meet admission requirements set forth collaboratively by the Community College and ECU. Please read this information thoroughly. Admission to ENC RIBN is highly competitive.

Please note that the prospective Community College and ECU also have traditional two year and four year nursing education programs respectively. Each of those programs has a separate admissions process from the ENC RIBN concurrent admission nursing option. If a student is unsuccessful in the RIBN Program of study at any point prior to graduation with a baccalaureate degree, the student will be administratively withdrawn from any nursing courses. (See readmission policy attached). If you wish to apply for either of those traditional programs, you must complete the individual admissions process for the Community College or ECU and meet the admissions criteria for that specific nursing program.


The Community College and ECU are collaborating on a concurrent admission process. ENC RIBN will begin accepting online applications September 1 for the RIBN class that begins the following fall semester. The deadline to apply for fall admission is January 31.

The RIBN applicants that are high school seniors and meet the admission criteria will be given preferential consideration. Other applicants who meet the criteria may be considered. Students are not eligible for RIBN if they have been unsuccessful or dismissed from a traditional baccalaureate or associate degree program.

We want to ensure you have the best possible chance of being selected by completing all processes and submitting all necessary application documents completely, correctly and by the deadline. Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the ENC RIBN Student Success Advocate at 252-744-6498.


Preference is given to North Carolina residents. If you are not a NC resident you will only be considered in the event that vacancies occur after June 1. Please be advised that this rarely occurs. Applicants who (1) have lived outside NC during all of the 12 months immediately preceding the start of the fall semester or (2) are claimed as a dependent by a parent/guardian who is not a NC resident are generally not considered to be residents. In order to ensure that you meet the residency requirements and are eligible to apply, you must fill out the Application for a Legal Resident of NC which you can obtain from the Community College Admissions Office by the January 31 deadline. ENC RIBN is not open to applicants who are not U.S. citizens unless the applicant is: (1) a permanent resident alien with an alien registration receipt card (“green card”) or (2) a nonimmigrant alien with an employment authorization card and a visa type which permits establishment of NC residency. Questions regarding this should be directed to the respective Community College Director of Admissions. Military waivers and request for a change in tuition status is based on the information supplied with the Application for Military Tuition Waivers and other required documents. Service members submitting military waivers must be active duty and stationed in North Carolina to be classified as in-state students.


To be considered for admission, you must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and satisfy the following UNC minimum course requirements:

  • Four course units of English
  • Two course units of social studies (one in U.S. history)
  • Four course units of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, geometry, plus a higher level mathematics course for which algebra II is a prerequisite).
  • Three course units of natural science (one must be life science, one must be physical science, and a laboratory course;
  • Two course units of a language other than English

The RIBN program requires a minimal of high school chemistry with a “C” or better to be completed within the past 5 years. If you did not complete some of the required high school courses, you may take courses at the college level to satisfy these course requirements before you are eligible to apply.


You must submit your official SAT scores (must include the three components of critical reading, math and writing) or official ACT scores (must include English, reading, math, and writing) to the community college. The SAT score in critical reading must meet the minimum score requirement of 490 or higher to be considered for admission to ENC RIBN. Students scoring less than 500 in the writing and/or math component of the SAT must meet the minimum score requirement on the NCDAP. The ACT composite score must meet the minimum score requirement of 21 on all sections of the ACT (writing included).

Component SAT Accuplacer
Reading 490 NA
Writing 500 86
Math 500 76 Algebra | 55 Arithmetic
Component ACT Accuplacer
Reading 21 NA
English 21 NA
Math 21 76 Algebra | 55 Arithmetic
Writing 21 86


To be eligible to apply for admission to ENC RIBN the applicant should be directly from high school OR before completion of at least 12 hours of college credit, a student must have an unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale both in high school courses and college courses


1. Complete a free, online general application to the Community College on their admission page. Please be aware, this is not an application to ENC RIBN or to the nursing program.

2. Submit your official high school transcript, all official college transcripts and official SAT or ACT scores to the Admissions Office at the Community College by January 31.

3. Request an ENC RIBN application online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/nursing/ribn_apply.cfm

To be considered for RIBN you do not need to submit official documents to the Student Success Advocate but will to ECU Admissions. These documents can be submitted to: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/nursing/ribn.cfm

4. Upon acceptance into the ENC RIBN program, the student must complete the ECU

Admission application and submit the required application fee for ECU by cashier’s check

by the published deadline. Submit your official high school transcript, all official college

transcripts and official SAT or ACT scores to ECU Admissions

5. Applicants with disabilities should contact the Coordinator of Disability Services/Counselor at the respective Community College.

**Please visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/nursing/ribn.cfm for the most current information on the RIBN program.