General Admissions:

I just want to take a class or two and don’t intend to get a degree, diploma or certificate at this time. What should I do?

In this case, you would indicate that you wish to be considered as a Special Credit student on the application. Special Credit means that you are not working towards a degree, diploma or certificate at this time. Should that change in the future, any applicable classes you take will still be counted towards graduation. Special Credit students are not required to submit official transcripts, however you are required to meet any course prerequisite before being eligible to register. If you are meeting the prerequisite by previous college coursework, you must provide at least an unofficial copy of your college transcript to register. Please note that Special Credit students are not eligible for financial aid.  Find information regarding the registration process for Special Credit students here.


I am a former student and wish to return. Do I have to reapply to the college?

If you have not attended classes in the past year (2 semesters not including summer), you must submit a new application and be approved for admission before you will be eligible to register. If you have been a student in the past 5 years, your previously submitted transcripts should still be on file. If you have been away for more than 5 years, you may be required to resubmit your transcripts.


I have applied and been admitted to the college previously but did not attend, do I have to reapply?

Yes.  If you have applied and been admitted within the past 2 semesters, you will need to complete an Update Form in the Admissions Office.  If it has been longer than a 2 semesters (not including summer) since you were admitted, you will need to complete a new application.  Applications are available online.  If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office.


Can I attend if I only earned a certificate of completion in high school?

If you earned the certificate of completion in North Carolina or received your certificate of completion in another state, you must earn your High School Equivalency prior to being accepted into a curriculum program at Forsyth Tech. If you are 18 years of age or older, you may take classes as a special credit student until the High School Equivalency has been earned. Please note: only high school graduates or High School Equivalency completers are eligible for financial aid.


I completed my high school diploma online. Is it acceptable?

Forsyth Tech will only recognize high school diplomas from regionally accredited schools, private high schools, or home schools properly registered with the state. Students not completing such a program must complete the High School Equivalency or attain an Adult High School diploma through an accredited institution.  Please contact the Admissions Office at 336.734.7556 or if you have questions regarding Forsyth Tech accepting your online high school diploma.


I’m undecided about what I want to study, what can I do?

There are two career assessments that we recommend you complete prior to coming to speak to a counselor.

  1. Career Coach is a service provided by Forsyth Tech and designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.
  2. Try using the career assessment tool that is available through When you create your user ID /password, it will allow you to log in to where you can complete the assessment.

If you are still undecided after using these tools, please come to the Admissions Office and work with a counselor before you submit your application.


Does Forsyth Tech charge an application fee?

No, application to the college is free of charge.


How do I know if I qualify for in-state tuition?

Residency is no longer determined by Forsyth Tech.  All students, parents, faculty, staff, and constituents of the North Carolina Community College System should refer to the Residency website at  for more current details regarding the North Carolina Residency Determination Service, processes and required residency guidelines.


Can I attend if I did not graduate from high school?

To enroll in a degree, diploma or certificate program, you must be a high school graduate or have earned your High School Equivalency. You cannot be admitted to a curriculum program until you have earned your Adult High School diploma or your High School Equivalency. Both programs are available at our West Campus on Bolton Street. Please contact them directly at 336.734.7023 for further information or visit their webpage: Adult High School/High School Equivalency (HSE). If you are 18 years of age or older, you may take classes as a special credit student until the diploma or your High School Equivalency has been earned. Please note that only high school graduates or High School Equivalency completers are eligible for financial aid.


Can I apply to get an F-1 Visa?

Forsyth Tech does issue I-20 documents for students to use to apply for an F-1 visa.  F-1 visas are only issued for associate degree programs.  For more information, visit the international student page.


Where do I have my transcripts sent?

Transcripts should be mailed to the Admissions Office, Forsyth Technical Community College, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. We also accept electronic transcripts from schools that use them.


I didn’t take SAT’s or ACT’s in high school. Can I still be admitted?

Yes, these tests are not required for admission. If you do not have the SAT/ACT or previous college level English and/or Math classes, you will probably need to take the North Carolina-Diagnostic Assessment and Placement tests (NC-DAP) before you will be able to register for classes. After you submit your application, the Admissions Office will notify you of any testing needs. Please be sure that you take any required tests prior to registration. Find more information on the NC-DAP here.


How can I check the status of my application?

Applications are typically processed within 2 weeks of being received. Please allow for that time before contacting the Admissions Office. Visit this link to see a list of the Admissions Staff. Please note that each of the Admissions Staff Assistants is assigned files by alphabet. Find the individual responsible for your name and contact them via e-mail or by telephone.


Can I begin taking classes if my transcripts have not been received?

To be approved for admission to a degree, diploma or certificate program and be eligible to register, you must submit your transcripts. All students are required to meet pre-requisites for any class they wish to take. It’s always a good idea to bring at least an unofficial copy of coursework taken at another college or grade reports with you when you come to register.


Can I be admitted into Forsyth Tech with a High School Equivalency such as a GED?



I’m having technical difficulties with the online application. Who can help me?

The online application is maintained through the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). Please contact them at 1-866-866-CFNC (1-866-866-2362).


If I need to speak with someone in Admissions, what should I do?

The Admissions and Records Office is open 8-6 Monday – Thursday and 8-5 on Friday. You can also contact us via email at or by calling the office at 336-734-7556.

Allied Health/Nursing Admissions:

How do I get admitted to a Health Sciences program?

Most of the Health Sciences programs are considered selective enrollment. This means that there are more qualified applicants than space available. Because of this, these programs have specific minimum requirements that must be completed before an applicant will be considered for admission. These programs are highly competitive and have specific deadlines. Most will require you to attend a Mandatory Information Session. Find more information on the Health Sciences Programs page

Does Forsyth Tech keep a waiting list for the Health Sciences programs?

NO! Our Health Sciences programs use a competitive ranking process. If an applicant is not accepted into their program of choice, they must reapply if they wish to be considered for the next year’s program. The Medical Assisting, Health Information Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacy Technology, and Therapeutic Massage programs accept students on a first completed, first accepted basis

Can I apply to more than one selective enrollment program at a time?

No, you are only permitted to apply to one program at a time. If you are considering more than one program, we encourage you to speak with your academic advisor so you can make the most informed decision as to your course of study.

How do I get my CNA?

The Certified Nursing Assistant program is offered through our Economic and Workforce Development Division. Find more information on the Nursing Assistant page or contact Economic and Workforce Development at 336.734.7023.