CFCC offers new pathway to 4-year nursing degree

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If your parents both have their master’s degrees and your brother and sister have a doctorate, going to college isn’t a question of if you are going to college, but a question of when and where you are going to attend.

For Stephen Golf, the answer to the question came after he returned home from serving with the U.S. Marines. With an interest in health care, he began researching various college nursing programs. With a solid grade point average and the G.I. Bill to pay for college tuition, Golf could have gone anywhere to pursue a nursing degree.  Ultimately, he chose Cape Fear Community College because of its reputation for a strong nursing program.

Specifically, Golf enrolled in CFCC’s RIBN program, which allows students to earn both an associate degree from CFCC and bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNC-Wilmington in just four years.

In talking with friends, he heard over and over again that CFCC’s nursing graduates were respected throughout the community. After being accepted into the program, he found that the courses were challenging, but is proud of what he’s been able to accomplish.

“I take a lot of pride in being a Cape Fear graduate,” Golf said.

CFCC’s nursing program is rigorous, but with the help of CFCC’s support services, Golf never felt like he was on his own.

“They want to see you succeed,” Golf said of members of the CFCC staff and faculty.

With all of his classes now completed at CFCC, Golf feels prepared to take the national certification exam (NCLEX) and upon passing he’ll be qualified to start working as a registered nurse while he finishes his degree by taking online courses at UNC-Wilmington.

For more information about starting a bachelor’s degree in nursing at CFCC, visit

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