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Admission Requirements

Requirements for entry into the RIBN program differ based on your current academic standing.

High school students or college students with less than 12 college credits must have the following:

  • A minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for all high school course work.
  • A minimum composite ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 920 or higher combined math and reading.
  • Acceptance into UNC-Pembroke as a degree seeking student.
  • Acceptance into the community college as a degree seeking student.
  • If 11 or less college credits were taken while in high school (dual-enrollment), a C or higher must be achieved in each colleagiate-level course.
  • Placement into ENG 111 and MAT 171.

Students with 12 or more college credits must have the following:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale in all college courses is required (includes courses taken at all universities and/or community colleges).
  • A grade of C or higher in all required courses.
  • Acceptance into UNC-Pembroke as a degree seeking student.
  • Acceptance into the community college as a degree seeking student.
  • Placement into ENG 111 and MAT 171.
  • For students still enrolled in high school and with 12 or more college credits, the high school requirements will also apply.

Additional requirements may be necessary depending on the partner community college you apply to.  Each partnering RIBN community college will make the final decision as to which students will be accepted into RIBN for their school.  Meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee acceptance.  The application process is competitive.


Julie Harrison-Swartz, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, RN


Faculty Title

Director of Graduate Programs

Faculty Department


Educational Background 

Doctor of Nursing Practice, George Mason University

Master of Science in Nursing, George Mason University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of South Alabama

Associate Degree in Nursing, Wallace Community College

 Classes Taught 

Advanced Pharmacology

Advanced Pathophysiology

Classroom Teaching and Integration of Technology

Curriculum Theory and Design

Family Nursing II

Leadership in Nursing

Scholarship Activities: 

Certification through American Nurses Credentialing Center as Family Nurse Practitioner

Guest speaker (DNP program) at George Mason University

Abstract reviewer for American Public Health Association annual conference


Department Scholarship Committee

Department Committee on Graduate Studies

Professional Activities: 

Volunteer coach for Science Olympiad at local school

Volunteer service at NC General Assembly—“Nurse of the Day”

What do you enjoy about teaching at UNCP? 

I am so blessed to be a part of the UNCP Department of Nursing. I love working with a group of colleagues who are so encouraging and are truly interested in my success. The diversity of the student population was one of the reasons I came to UNCP and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with each of them! I am looking forward to another great academic year!   


Elizabeth Crawford


Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major


I never imagined the beautiful journey that one decision could bring. 

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke intrigued me with the many opportunities they offer; moreover, the reasons which highlighted UNC Pembroke as a desirable college to attend included their nursing school’s NCLEX pass rate as well as smaller and more intimate class sizes. Looking back now, I can attest to the nursing program pushing me past any limits I believed I had, enabling my personal and academic growth in ways I did not believe were possible. 

I am most thankful for the opportunities given to me while at UNCP.  During my nursing school career, I was acutely injured, which posed a threat to my education.  However, the nursing staff so graciously devoted their time to aiding my completion of course materials and empowered me to overcome my physical hindrances which almost held me back from graduating on time.  Because of their dedication to my academics, I am now equipped not only to succeed in my nursing career, but also to seek out challenges with confidence and an always-positive mindset.

I am so honored to have had the chance to become part of the UNCP nursing family; both the staff and my fellow students have encouraged me and impacted me in ways which will stick with for many years to come. Never could I have imagined the victories and successes that have accompanied me through my college career; for that, I am beyond grateful for the opportunities and encouragement given to me by UNCP’s nursing department.

Graduating Year: 2017

Pembroke Pathways Scholarship

Note:  This scholarship is only available to graduates of Sandhills Community College's ADN Program. 


The Sandhills Community College Foundation has established a scholarship fund for deserving graduates of Sandhills Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. An individual is eligible to apply for a one-year scholarship of $1,000 for tuition, fees, books, and other supplies if he or she meets the established criteria. This scholarship is subject to availability of funds. The scholarship award is not guaranteed and is not renewable


  • Graduate of Sandhills Community College's ADN Program within the previous 24 months.
  • Accepted to UNCP as a degree-seeking student.
  • Applied to the RN-BSN Program at UNCP (separate application).
  • Have a minimum overall GPA and math and science GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Note:  This scholarship is awarded once a year.  The deadline is July 15th of each year.  Should July 15 fall on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the Monday following July 15th.

To apply for the program, fill out this application and mail it to the address listed on the application.

For questions, please contact Kathy Locklear, RN-BSN Coordinator, at 910-775-4607 or via e-mail kathy.locklear@uncp.edu

Destiny Kocurek


Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major


What make’s Pembroke’s nursing department unique is that faculty takes the time to personally get to know you not only as a student, but as an individual as well. Knowing that I was not just another student made me feel welcomed into the program and that my education would be individualized. I wanted to be part of a program that not only cared for their students during college, but after graduation and into their career as well. This is exactly what Pembroke had to offer, which is exemplified by the high NCLEX pass rate and post- grad employment rates.

My most impacting memory in the program was creating the mentorship program for the junior and senior students in ANS. I wanted to make the two classes more interactive and create the opportunity to provide guidance and support for students. Seeing the two classes come together to help each other out and do things outside of class and clinical helped remind everyone that we are all in this together and we can get through any challenge with each other’s support.

Cody Norris


Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major


My most memorable moment in the nursing program has been working in the simulation labs. The students get to practice and discuss nursing skills and better understand the purpose behind each one. It is a safe area where the students can perfect fundamental nursing techniques so that they are ready to use them in the clinical setting.

I chose UNCP's Nursing Program because they hold their students to a higher standard both in the classroom and at the clinical site. The instructors and professors make sure the students realize that they are not studying to make a good grade, but instead that they are working to provide the best care for their clients in the future. 


Kaitlin Kurtz


Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major


I choose UNCP’s Nursing Program because I was able to see the impact the instructors had on my dad during his time in the nursing program.  Watching him over his two year journey, I was able to see first-hand what an excellent program UNCP offers to their students.  My experience at UNCP has allowed me to grow and improve as a student nurse with the outstanding support of the faculty and staff throughout each course and my clinical experiences.  The nursing program provides a small student-faculty ratio allowing the nursing school journey to be a meaningful and memorable experience.   

My most impacting moment was a result of Hurricane Matthew.  During this time, I was in the Community Nursing course which required a group project that focused on those affected by Hurricane Matthew.  This experience taught me the importance of nurses during a crisis situation and the support each individual nurse can provide to their local community.   

I am looking forward to graduation and becoming a UNCP alumni with the continued support of UNCP’s nursing program. 


Summer Smith


Student Degree

Bachelor of Science

Student Major


I chose to apply to UNCP's Pre-licensure Nursing Program because I heard so many great things about it. One thing in particular that I heard about was the pre-licensure program's outstanding passing rate. The alumni of UNCP have expressed some positive things about the program and those are the things that I took into consideration when I applied. 

During my time at UNCP, there have been many experiences during our clinical rotations and simulation labs that have left an impacting effect on how I view patient care. The moment that made the biggest impact on my view of nursing was during our labor and delivery clinical rotation.  I had the chance to experience the bond between a family after child birth. After this clinical experience, I knew I had found exactly where I was meant to be. Throughout the time I have spent in this program, I learned how important it is to give the best safe and quality patient care when working as a nurse. 

Nursing Application

Notice: The application for 2018 opens on December 12th, 2017 and the application closes on February 15th, 2018.  You may click here to access the application between the dates of 12/12/17 - 2/15/18.  Please review the timeline

The online application is only for students pursuing the Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  Students who want to apply for the RN-BSN, RIBN, or the MSN program have different applications that must be used.

In order to be considered for admission to the Upper Division Pre-licensure Program, students must:

  • Have completed the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS™) between January 1st and October 31 in the year prior to admission to the Upper Division and submitted their test score to the department.
  • Have a minimum cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) of no less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on prior college/university course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the following mathematics and science courses: MAT 1050 or higher, BIO 2110, BIO 2120, BIO 3150, CHM 1300, CHM 1310, CHM 1100, and CHM 1110 (or equivalents).
  • Have completed all General Education course requirements and prerequisite courses for the nursing major by the end of the spring semester immediately preceeding the start of nursing courses.  Accepted students to the Upper Divison may not complete prerequisite courses over the summer.
  • Have earned a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all General Education course requirements and prerequisite courses for the nursing major.

Acceptance into the Upper Division can only be be given to students who have been fully admitted to the university as degree-seeking students.  Acceptance into the Upper Division is competitive.  The Pre-Licensure Program typically receives more applicants than available spots.  

The application will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  Students will have the opportunity to upload supplemental files at the end of the online application process.  Supplemental files may include copies of related licenses or certifications (such as LPN or CNA), proof of previous medical experience, a letter from the director of a previous nursing program that the student was enrolled in, or any information that the student feels is relevant for the Admissions Committee.  It is suggested that students gather electronic versions of any supplemental documents before beginning the application. 

The application is available from December 12, 2017 to February 15th, 2018.  It can be accessed by clicking here. The due date for the application is 11:59 pm on February 15th, 2018. 


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