Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN)

RIBN is a four-year educational pathway that includes all coursework required to complete an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). Students are dually enrolled at Forsyth Tech and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) for the first three years of study while completing general education and associate degree nursing classes. Following successful completion of the third year of study, students are awarded an ADN degree from Forsyth Tech and are eligible to take the RN licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). After passing the NCLEX-RN, students continue at WSSU to complete the final three semesters of nursing coursework to earn their BSN degree from WSSU.

A BSN provides nurses with a number of advantages. Many RN positions in hospitals and other health care settings now require a BSN degree for employment or advancement. A BSN also positions students to continue their education at the graduate level in nursing or in other related fields such as health care administration or public health.

Who Should Apply?

RIBN is ideal for those students who:

  • Have recently graduated high school or have few or no college credits
  • Desire a seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education
  • Prefer to complete most of their coursework at a local community college
  • Are looking for an affordable option to a university nursing program

As most tuition is paid at community college rates, RIBN provides students with an affordable way to earn a BSN degree. In addition, RIBN students are eligible to apply for Forgivable Loans of Service (FELS) for the second, third, and fourth years of study. Please visit http://www.cfnc.org/FELS for additional information on FELS.

Course of Study

The four-year RIBN curriculum includes eleven semesters of study with Forsyth
Tech serving as the “home” school for the first eight semesters. First year classes at Forsyth Tech include Anatomy and Physiology, English, Psychology, Math, and a choice of several electives. During the second and third years (fourth through eighth semesters), students complete associate degree nursing classes and are awarded an ADN degree following successful completion of all coursework.

While completing their first three years at Forsyth Tech, RIBN students also take one online class each semester at WSSU. This coursework includes classes in history, fine arts, literature, and other subject areas to meet baccalaureate degree general education requirements. The final year at WSSU is devoted to baccalaureate nursing classes focusing on leadership, community and public health, nursing research, and gerontology. Students graduate with a BSN from WSSU following successful completion of all classes.

View the RIBN curriculum here. PDF icon

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet minimum admission requirements as determined by Forsyth Tech and WSSU to be eligible for RIBN.

Minimum admission requirements for RIBN are:

  1. Acceptance as a freshman or transfer student at WSSU. Applicants to WSSU must meet a number of requirements to be considered for admission. For information on these requirements please visit the WSSU website.
  2. An unweighted high school GPA of 2.6 or higher for applicants with less than 21 semester hours of college coursework. A cumulative college GPA of 2.6 or higher is required for applicants with 21 or more semester hours of college coursework.
  3. A Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS or TEAS V) adjusted individual score that is equal to or greater than 60%.
  4. Demonstration of English, Reading, and Math Competencies through either placement testing, SAT or ACT testing, completion of a college level English and math course with a grade of “C” or higher, completion of DMA/DRE courses, or multiple measures. To demonstrate competency through multiple measures, all of the following conditions must be met:
    • The applicant is a current high school senior or has graduated from a NC high school with the past five years that is legally authorized to operate in the state.
    • The applicant has an unweighted high school GPA of 2.6 or higher. The high school transcript must include 1st semester senior grades if the student is currently in high school. The transcript must also clearly indicate that the GPA is unweighted.
    • The applicant has completed four eligible high school math courses or has completed three eligible high school math courses and is currently enrolled in the 4th math course.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to RIBN as eligible applicants are ranked and selected based on specific academic criteria. Please see the section titled “Selection of Applicants” for more detailed information.

Please note that Forsyth Technical Community College and WSSU also have traditional two-year and four-year nursing programs respectively. Each of these programs has an application process that is specific to that program and independent of the application process for RIBN. If you wish to apply to either the ADN program at Forsyth Tech or to the BSN program at WSSU, please refer to the application instructions and admissions requirements as described on their websites for each of these options.

How to Apply for Fall 2017 RIBN

To begin the application process, please complete and submit a RIBN application to the RIBN Advisor. Applications will be accepted beginning October 3, 2016.

View and print a RIBN application here. PDF icon

The RIBN Advisor will contact you after receiving your application to guide you through the remaining steps of the application process. All testing must be completed and items submitted by the deadline dates as indicated below to be considered for the Fall 2017 class.

Due by 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  1. RIBN application
  2. ACT and/or SAT scores if:
    • You are under the age of 24 with no transferable college credit or
    • You are under the age of 21 with fewer than 24 transferable college credits or
    • You have taken the SAT and/or ACT within the past five years.
  3. Official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended through Fall 2016 semester. Official transcripts must have the school seal or original signature and be in a sealed unopened envelope. Transcripts should be addressed to the RIBN Advisor or to the Admissions Office at Forsyth Tech. Transcripts may also be submitted electronically to Admissions@forsythtech.edu.

Due by 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 28, 2017

  1. Placement testing scores for applicants not demonstrating English, Math, or Reading competency through other means (see “Admissions
    Requirements” for more details).
  2. TEAS scores – see additional information below regarding TEAS.
  3. A completed paper Forsyth Tech application. The RIBN Advisor will provide you with a Forsyth Tech application after your RIBN application has been received.
  4. An acceptance letter from Winston-Salem State University, or proof that your application and all documents required to process your application have been submitted. The RIBN advisor will provide information on submitting your WSSU application after your RIBN application has been received.

Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early and contact the RIBN Advisor with any questions.

ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

The TEAS assesses how well a student is academically prepared for learning nursing-related content. Forsyth Tech will accept TEAS scores (TEAS V or ATI TEAS) if taken at another school within the past two years. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a copy of these scores to the RIBN Advisor. Listed below are several available resources that may help you in being successful on the TEAS.

  • Study manuals are available for review in the following locations at Forsyth Tech: Main Campus library (Ardmore building), Stokes County Office (Danbury), Grady Swisher Center (Kernersville), and Mazie Woodruff Center (Carver Road, Winston Salem). The manuals cannot be checked out.
  • TEAS preparation materials may be purchased through this website.
  • ACA 085-Improving Study Skills, an eight-week online course offered by Forsyth Tech, may be completed wherever Internet access is available. Additional credit is not given to RIBN applicants who have completed the one credit hour course during the selection process.

The RIBN Advisor will provide your name and contact information to the TEAS Coordinator to schedule your test after confirming that you have met GPA and English, Reading, and Math competency requirements. It is highly recommended that applicants pay the $55.00 test fee prior to the day of testing, as the proctor cannot accept any form of payment. Test fees can be paid at the cashier’s office on the second floor of the Allman Center on the main campus. Upon arrival for testing, applicants will be asked to present a payment receipt and a photo ID.

Applicants are allowed three attempts to meet the minimum required Adjusted Individual Score. If unsuccessful on the second attempt, applicants must wait eight weeks before testing a third and final time. A one year waiting period is required before resuming the TEAS testing process after a third unsuccessful attempt.

Selection of Applicants

Admission to RIBN is highly competitive. All applicants who have satisfied the RIBN minimum admission requirements and completed the application process by the deadline date of February 28, 2017 will be ranked numerically based on GPA and TEAS scores. Applicants with the highest ranked scores will be accepted. In the event of a tie, the applicant with the higher Adjusted Individual Science Score on the TEAS Exam will be selected.

Additional Requirements for RIBN Students

Once admitted, students must meet the following requirements to maintain their enrollment in RIBN:

1.  Before beginning ADN classes in the fourth semester (fall semester of the second year) students must:

  • Provide documentation that they have successfully completed a NC approved Certified Nurse Aide 1 Program that includes theory, lab, and clinical components
  • Provide documentation that they are currently credentialed as a Nurse Aide 1 (NA1) with the NC DHSR Nurse Aide Registry
  • Provide documentation that they have completed an American Heart Association Health Care Provider class and are currently certified in CPR
  • Pass a criminal background check/drug screen (as required by clinical facilities) and other health-related requirements of the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing program at Forsyth Tech

Students are encouraged to complete a CNA I course either before beginning their first year of study or during the fall semester of their first year.

2. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses to progress in RIBN. Students receiving a W or WP may continue only if the course can be repeated within a timeframe that allows for completion of all ADN nursing and general education classes prior to the ninth semester. If the course in question is a prerequisite to a subsequent course in the RIBN curriculum, this course must be successfully repeated before continuing to the higher-level course. Not all courses are offered each semester.

3. RIBN students must maintain dual enrollment at Forsyth Tech and WSSU by completing at least one WSSU course during two semesters (Fall, Spring, or Summer) of each year for the first three years of study.

4. RIBN students must pass the NCLEX-RN between their third and fourth years of study to progress to fourth year nursing classes at WSSU and complete their BSN degree.

In addition, RIBN students are expected to abide by all Forsyth Tech and WSSU student policies and guidelines. Students who fail to abide by these policies and guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action and possible dismissal from RIBN.

Financial Aid

Students interested in applying for financial aid should begin the process as soon as possible by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. If you have questions or need assistance with completing the application, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at Forsyth Tech. During the first three years of RIBN, Forsyth Tech is considered to be the “home school” for financial aid purposes. Financial aid is processed through WSSU during the fourth and final year.

RIBN students should not apply for and cannot receive financial aid through both Forsyth Tech and WSSU simultaneously. Semester hours at WSSU are not included when calculating the amount of financial aid to be awarded during the first three years of study. Other options, such as scholarships and FELS, may be available, however, to provide additional assistance with tuition and expenses.


Please contact the RIBN Advisor at the telephone number or email address listed below with any additional questions or to schedule an appointment to further explore RIBN as an option for your nursing education.

Susan Maloney, MSN, RN
RIBN Student Success Advocate
Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing, Bob Greene Hall, Room 313
Forsyth Tech Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston –Salem, NC  27103-5197
(336) 757-3617

RIBN is coordinated statewide by the Foundation for Nursing Excellence with financial support from The Duke Endowment, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the NC Area Health Education Centers.

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