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Associate Degree Nursing, A.A.S. - Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) Option

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A45110R  Total credit hours at DCCC: 66

The Associate Degree Nursing 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.

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

The Associate Degree Nursing program consists of three options: Traditional ADN, Hybrid LPN to ADN, and RIBN. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate should possess the knowledge, fundamental skill, and attitudes to:

  1. Plan holistic nursing care for individuals across the lifespan experiencing complex alterations in health.
  2. Provide safe, culturally competent, therapeutic nursing care to individuals.
  3. Safely and ethically manage nursing care within the healthcare system for individuals.


The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000 and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

DCCC ADN licensure exam pass rate for 2015-2017

Program:  94%; Traditional Option:  97.57%; Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to AD N Option:  89.53%

Program completion for 2015 - 2017

Program:  84.6%; Traditional Option:  70.2%; Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to AD N Option:  93.44%

Job placement rates:

Class of 2016 Traditional Option:  100%

Class of 2016 LPN to ADN Option:  100%

RIBN Option

RIBN is four years in nursing studies. Students graduate with two degrees in those four years: both an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) is the home school for the first three years of the program. Students will be enrolled in both NC A&T State University (NC A & T) and DCCC for the first three years of the program, taking the majority of coursework at DCCC.

Classes with NC A&T State are online for the first three years. Students can work as a nurse after year three of study after successfully passing the NCLEX - RN. Costs are kept low because of lower tuition for course work is completed through DCCC. Also, the A & T State online courses are offered at a distance education rate for the first three years. Students can apply for nursing scholarships as soon as they are enrolled in the program.


To be eligible for admission to the NCP RIBN option applicants must:

  1. Complete the application process as described in the NCP RIBN Admission  packet.
  2. Meet dual admission requirements set forth collaboratively by Davidson County Community College and NC A&T State University.
  3. Must meet minimum scores for SAT or ACT.
  4. Cumulative GPA of 3.0. (If a student has less than 20 credit hours of college coursework, then this requirement will default to the high school unweighted GPA.)
  5. Demonstrate physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe nursing care.

NOTE: Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee placement into the RIBN program.

Technical Standards

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of this program.  ADN - RIBN Technical Standards  (PDF)

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Third Summer


       NC A&T

  • Mentoring - Student Success Advocate Facilitated Credit Hours: 1.00

Fourth Fall

       NC A&T

  • NURS-360 Concepts in Professional Nursing Credit Hours: 3.00
  • NURS-362 Student Success Credit Hours: 1.00
  • NURS-363 Advanced Health Assessment Credit Hours: 3.00
  • NURS-364 Applied Ethics Credit Hours: 3.00

Fourth Spring

       NC A&T

  • NURS-361 Evidence Based Practice Credit Hours: 3.00
  • NURS-460 Community Health Credit Hours: 4.00

Fourth Summer

       NC A&T

  • NURS-365 Collaborative Inter-professional Practice Credit Hours: 3.00
  • NURS-464 Leadership and Management Credit Hours: 4.00
  • NURS-465 Synthesis of Professional Practice Credit Hours: 1.00

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