Online Degree | RIBN Program

The RIBN program is designed to make a Bachelor of Science in Nursing affordable and accessible.

A collaboration between Lees-McRae College and Surry Community College (SCC), the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) program provides nursing students with an opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree on their schedule.

Students are dually enrolled at Surry Community College and Lees-McRae, taking classes both on the SCC campus and online with Lees-McRae 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 then are eligible to work as a registered nurse (RN) while completing their final year of nursing courses online with Lees-McRae.

The final year is built around four eight-week online classes, so students will take two eight-week courses concurrently. Completion of this program will provide options for employment in various fields of nursing and will open doors to additional opportunities.

Program entrance requirements:
(in addition to meeting all SCC entrance requirements)

  • Transcripts from high school and all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Acceptance letter to Surry Community College

What You'll Study

The RIBN 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 that 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. The final year of education provides a particular emphasis on gerontological and community health nursing, use of evidence-based nursing knowledge, and leadership development.


Career Opportunities

Building upon existing knowledge and skills, learners enrolled in the RIBN program will attain a baccalaureate degree in nursing opening doors to additional opportunities in nursing including management and leadership, community and population health, case management, clinical nurse and board-certification specialties, and the ability to attain further education at the master’s and doctoral level. 

Meet the Faculty

Claire Cline, DNP, MPH, RN
Director of RN to BSN Program, Assistant Professor

Martha Hartley, MSN
Assistant Professor of Community Nursing

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