How to Apply to the RIBN Program

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Candidates must meet the following academic requirements to be considered for the program.

Required High School Courses

Winston–Salem State University (WSSU) is a part of the University of North Carolina System. Therefore, as mandated by the UNC Board of Governors, specific courses are required for any student who wishes to be admitted to any school within the University of North Carolina System.

These courses are commonly known as Minimum Course Requirements (MCR). Each student who applies for admission to Winston-Salem State University must successfully complete the following coursework:

  • 4 units of English
  • 2 units of Foreign Language (The same language, Ex. Spanish I & Spanish II)
  • 2 units of Social Science (including U.S. or American History)
  • 1 unit of Biological Science
  • 1 unit of Physical Science
  • 1 unit of Additional Science (Chemistry required)
  • 1 unit of Algebra I
  • 1 unit of Geometry
  • 1 unit of Algebra II
  • 1 unit of Mathematics beyond Algebra II (for which Algebra II is a requirement)

Students must also have:

  • An SAT or ACT equivalency score of a minimum of 500 in critical reading and writing and 450 in math to be considered for admission to TT RIBN. (The SAT and/or ACT scores must be within the past five years. The SAT/ACT may be repeated, however, only the first two scores achieved within the most recent five-year period will be considered.)

Grade Point Average

  • To be eligible to apply for admission to TT RIBN directly from high school OR before completion of 24 hours of college credit, a student must have an unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale in high school courses.
  • To be eligible to apply for admission to TT RIBN after completion of at least 24 hours of college credit, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale in college courses.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) Exam: Read more about taking the TEAS V in the TEAS V testing section.
    Please note: official scores must be submitted to the Durham Tech Testing Center if TEAS V was taken elsewhere prior to May 15, 2014.

How the Point System Works

Admission to the program is highly competitive. After meeting all RIBN program admission requirements, applicants will be ranked numerically based on the following criteria:

  • Curriculum GPA (minimum 2.6 required) weighted as 25 percent.
  • SAT/ACT score weighted as 25 percent of the score.
  • TEAS V Exam composite score weighted as 25 percent.
  • Five points will be added to the total points for residents of Durham and Orange counties.

How to Apply

The Durham Tech application period for the Fall Semester 2014 class is February 27 – May 15, 2014. Students must apply and mail a completed application for undergraduate enrollment to Winston-Salem State University by May 14, 2014 and pay the $50 application fee. Students should declare their major as undecided on the WSSU application.

There are several steps that must be completed in order to qualify for entry into the RIBN program. The first step is completing the enrollment process to be admitted into Durham Tech, then meeting the requirements specific to Health Technology programs and to the RIBN program.

Please review the following information:


RIBN Student Continuation Requirements

  1. Provide documentation of successful completion of a North Carolina-approved Certified Nurse Aide I program — which includes theory, lab, and clinical components — no later than the first day of fall semester of Year Two. (A copy of a college transcript or a notarized course completion certificate are acceptable forms of documentation.)
  2. Hold a documented, current, unrestricted credential as a Nurse Aide I (NA I) from the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry and the Division of Health Service Regulation.
  3. Maintain dual admission and continued enrollment at both Durham Tech and WSSU by completing at least one WSSU course each semester (fall and spring) during Years One through Three.
  4. Maintain a GPA of 2.6 or greater to progress in the RIBN option.
  5. Maintain full-time enrollment each semester if a recipient of a scholarship from the NC Forgivable Education Loan Program.
  6. Enroll at Durham Tech for Years One, Two, and Three.
  7. Enroll in general education courses at Durham Tech and WSSU as advised by the RIBN Student Advocate in Year One.
  8. Enroll in Associate Degree Nursing courses at Durham Tech and continue enrollment in WSSU courses as advised by RIBN Nursing Student Advocate in Years Two and Three.
  9. Enroll at WSSU in Year Four.
  10. Successfully pass NCLEX - RN to progress to Year Four.