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Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN)

Fall 2021: Deadline for applications Jan 20 2021

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). As the majority of tuition is paid at community college rates, RIBN provides students with an affordable way to earn a BSN degree.

During the first three years of study, students are dually enrolled at both colleges 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

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
  • desire an affordable option to a university nursing program

Course of Study

The four-year RIBN curriculum includes eleven semesters of study. 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, 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 in addition to their Forsyth Tech classes. The final year at WSSU is devoted to baccalaureate nursing classes focusing on leadership, community and public health, nursing research, and gerontology. Students must pass NCLEX-RN prior to beginning final year baccalaureate nursing classes. Students graduate with a BSN from WSSU following successful completion of all classes.

View the RIBN curriculum herePDF 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 :

  1. High school graduates with less than 21 hours of college credit must have an unweighted high school GPA of 2.6 or higher for applicantsApplicants with 21 or more semester hours of college credit must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.6

    Applicants who have earned a GED must complete a minimum of 21 semester hours of college credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6

  2. An adjusted individual score of 60% or higher on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills ATI TEAS or TEAS V)
  3. Applicants must demonstrate competency in English, Reading, and Math
    See How to prove placement into your intended classes
  4. Be admitted to WSSU for the fall semester.
    Please visit the WSSU website for admission requirements

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to RIBN. See the section titled “Selection of Applicants” for detailed information on selection.

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.

How to Apply for Fall 2020 RIBN

  1. Complete the online Application to Forsyth Tech and the NC Residency Determination (if you are not a current student at Forsyth Tech)
  2. Complete and submit a RIBN Application. PDF icon

Note you will not be scheduled for the TEAS Test until both the FTCC and RIBN Applications are on file. and you demonstrate competency in English, Reading, and Math. (See admission requirements) You are encouraged to submit the applications early.

Applications for the Fall 2020 RIBN cohort will be accepted between September 1, 2020 and January 20, 2021.

Submit your application by email to or mail to the address below.

Angela Burcham
RIBN, Nursing Student Success Advisor
Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing, Room 313
Forsyth Tech Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston Salem NC 27103-5197

You will receive a confirmation email that your RIBN application is on file and information regarding scheduling the TEAS test and further steps in the application process.

The following deadlines must be met in order to be considered for the RIBN 2020 class.

Due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, January 20, 2021:

  1. RIBN application
  2. Online FTCC application and NC Residency Determination
  3. Official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended through fall 2019 semester.
    Mailed transcripts must arrive in a sealed unopened envelope and include the school seal or an original signature. Address Transcripts to the RIBN Advisor. Angela Burcham
    Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing,
    Forsyth Tech Community College
    2100 Silas Creek Parkway
    Winston-Salem, NC 27103-5197Transcripts submitted electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse are sent to
  4. Official ACT and/or SAT scores if you are under the age of 21 with fewer than 24 transferable college credits.
  5. Placement testing scores if competency in English, Math, and Reading has not been demonstrated. Applicants must complete and pass placement testing prior to taking TEAS. See How to prove placement into your intended classes.

Due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 3, 2020:

  1. TEAS scores.
  2. An acceptance letter from WSSU or documentation that your WSSU application was submitted prior to the Feb 3 deadline.

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

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.

Ranking of applicants is based on GPA and TEAS score

(Seats are reserved for high school seniors or applicants with fewer than 6 college credits)

Meeting all admissions requirement and the highest ranked scores are offered a seat in the Fall 2020 class. In the event of a tie, the Adjusted Individual Science Score on the TEAS Exam will be used.

ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)

The TEAS assesses how well a student is prepared, academically, for the Nursing curriculum

You will receive information on taking TEAS after turning in your RIBN application and meeting basic admission requirements. You will be contacted by post card and email regarding scheduling your TEAS.

Forsyth Tech will also accept TEAS scores (TEAS V or ATI TEAS) if taken at another school within the past two years. If submitting score form another institution, it is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a copy of these scores to the RIBN Advisor.

Listed below are several optional resources that may be helpful in preparing for the TEAS.

  • ACA 085-Improving Study Skills, an eight-week online course offered by Forsyth Tech, may be completed wherever Internet access is available
  • 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 purchased through the ATI Nursing Education

The TEAS Coordinator will contact you to schedule your test after confirming that you have met the application requirements Test fees can be paid at the cashier’s prior to the day of testing.

The Cashier’s office is located on the on the second floor of the Allman Center on the main campus. Upon arrival for testing, applicants need to present a payment receipt and a photo ID

Please note: 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

Additional Requirements for RIBN Students

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

  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
  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
  3. Before beginning students must be credentialed as a Nurse Aide I (NAI) with the NC DHSR Nurse Aide Registry and be certified in CPR by the American Heart Association. Students are encouraged to complete a CNA I course before beginning their first year of study
  4. 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
  5. 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 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.

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.

Information session are provided for students interested in learning about the RIBN program but are not required for applicants.

Contact the RIBN Advisor for information on virtual information sessions.

October 8 2020 4:30PM – 5:30PM
online via Microsoft TEAMS

November 19, 2020 4:30PM – 5:30PM
online via Microsoft TEAMS


The RIBN Advisor is available to speak with applicants interested in learning more about RIBN. If you have questions or would to schedule an appointment, please contact Angela Burcham through the email address listed below.

Angela Burcham
RIBN, Nursing Student Success Advisor
Paul M. Wiles School of Nursing, Bob Greene Hall Room 313
Forsyth Tech Community College
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston Salem NC 27103-5197

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