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Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN)

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

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 the FELS webpage 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 three years (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 AAS degree following successful completion of all ADN program 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 all of the following minimum admission requirements as determined by Forsyth Tech and WSSU to be eligible for RIBN:

  1. Applicants must be accepted at WSSU for the Fall 2019 semester. High school seniors and applicants under the age of 21 with less than 24 hours of transferable college credit must meet the following ACT or SAT score requirements to be considered for admission:SAT combined math/reading or writing score of 880 or higher or ACT composite score of 17 or higherHigh school seniors and applicants under the age of 21 with less than 24 hours of transferable college credit are also required to have completed minimum course requirements while in high school to be eligible for admission. For more information on these and other WSSU eligibility 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. Applicants who have earned a GED must complete a minimum of 21 semester hours of college level coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 to be eligible for RIBN.
  3. A Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V or ATI TEAS)* adjusted individual score that is equal to or greater than 60%.
  4. Demonstration of English, Reading, and Math Competency through either placement testing, SAT scores, ACT scores, completion of a college level math and English course with a grade of “C” or higher, or multiple measures. To demonstrate competency through multiple measures, all of the following conditions must be met:
    1. The applicant is a current high school senior or has graduated from a NC high school legally authorized to operate in the state of NC within the past five years
    2. The applicant has an unweighted high school GPA of 2.6 or higher. The high school transcript must clearly indicate that the GPA is unweighted and include first semester senior grades if the applicant is currently enrolled in high school.
    3. 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 fourth.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guaranteed 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 specific to the 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.

Information Sessions

RIBN applicants are not required to attend a Nursing Information Session or complete the Online Nursing Information Session posted under “Nursing” on the Forsyth Tech webpage titled “Applying for Nursing and Allied Health Programs”. The information presented in these sessions is specific to the ADN and PN application process. RIBN applicants should refer to the application instructions provided below and are encouraged, but not required, to attend a RIBN Information Session at Forsyth Tech. RIBN Information Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

September 24, 2018
4:30PM – 5:30PM
Paul Wiles School of Nursing
Bob Greene Hall, Room 264

November 5, 2018
4:30PM – 5:30PM
Paul Wiles School of Nursing
Bob Greene Hall, Room 264

How to Apply for Fall 2018 RIBN

To begin the application process, complete and submit a RIBN application.

View and print a RIBN application here. PDF icon

The RIBN Advisor will accept applications for the Fall 2019 RIBN class beginning October 1, 2018 and no later than 5:00 PM on February 11, 2019. Submit your application by mail or email to:

Sharon Moore, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing, Room 200
Forsyth Tech Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston–Salem, NC 27103-5197

The RIBN Advisor will contact you after receiving your RIBN application to provide additional information and assist you in completing the remaining steps of the application process. All test scores and required documents must be received by the deadline dates as indicated below to be considered for the Fall 2019 RIBN class.

Due by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 11, 2019:

  1. RIBN application.
  2. ACT and/or SAT scores if you are a high school senior or if you are an applicant under the age of 21 with less than 24 semester hours of transferable college coursework.
  3. Official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended through Fall 2018 semester. Transcripts must arrive in a sealed unopened envelope and include the school seal or an original signature. Transcripts should be addressed to the RIBN Advisor or submitted electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse to either or

Due by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 25, 2019:

  1. NC Residency Certification Number. To obtain your number, complete the NC Residency Determination form if you have not previously completed. Follow this link to complete the form.
    Make a note of your Residency Certification Number after completing the form as you will need when completing your Forsyth Tech application.
  2. Forsyth Tech application. The RIBN Advisor will provide you with a paper Forsyth Tech application after receiving your RIBN application. Return the completed Forsyth Tech application to the RIBN Advisor.
  3. Placement testing scores if competency in English, Math, and Reading has not been demonstrated through other means (see “Admissions Requirements” for more details). The RIBN Advisor will notify you if placement testing is required after reviewing your RIBN application. Applicants must complete and pass placement testing prior to taking TEAS.
  4. TEAS scores. The RIBN Advisor will provide you with information on taking TEAS after receiving your RIBN application.
  5. An acceptance letter from WSSU or documentation that your WSSU application has been submitted. The RIBN Advisor will provide you with information on submitting your WSSU application after receiving your RIBN application.

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 determining, based on information available at the time, that GPA, ACT/SAT, and English, Reading, and Math competency requirements have been met. Applicants requiring placement testing must complete and pass placement testing prior to taking TEAS.

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 all steps of the application process by the deadline dates will be ranked numerically based on GPA and TEAS scores. Applicants with the highest ranked scores will be offered seats in the Fall 2019 class. 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 are currently certified in Basic life Support (BLS) CPR as a Healthcare Provider by the American Heart Association.
  • 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 before beginning their first year of study.

  1. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all general education and baccalaureate nursing courses and a grade of “B” or higher in all associate degree nursing courses to progress in RIBN.
  2. 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.
  3. RIBN students must pass the NCLEX-RN exam 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 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 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.


The RIBN Advisor is available to meet with applicants interested in learning more about RIBN. If you have questions or would to schedule an appointment, please contact Susan Maloney through the email address and/or telephone number listed below.

Sharon Moore, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing, Bob Greene Hall, Room 200
Forsyth Tech Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston –Salem, NC  27103-5197
(336) 734-7569

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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