SFSC uses the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) exam by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) as the entrance exam for these nursing programs:

  • Practical Nursing (PN)
  • Generic Registered Nursing (RN) – Associate in Science (AS) Degree
  • Transition: LPN to RN – AS Degree

The TEAS V consists of four sections: Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage. It takes approximately 3 1/2 hours to complete.

Nursing programs accept applications from the second week in January through the second Friday in April.



Before you schedule your TEAS V exam, you must meet with your advisor and submit an online application to the nursing program you wish to enter.

You will receive by email a testing referral form that you make present to any SFSC location to schedule your exam. You must schedule your exam in advance and in person.

Testing times are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must schedule your TEAS V appointment before the last day of the application deadline.

Exam Day

On the day of your exam, bring in a valid form of photo identification. If you do not present a valid ID, your test will be rescheduled. Valid forms of ID are:

  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued photo ID
  • Passport

You must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled test time.

Once checked in, you will be required to store all electronic devices and personal items in a secure locker prior to and during testing.

Testing candidates are the only ones allowed in the Testing Center; this includes children and guests of the testing candidate. Children are not allowed to be unattended outside of the Testing Center or any other area of the college during testing.


$55, payable at the time you schedule your exam. At that time, you will be provided with additional instructions about preparing for the TEAS V exam.


If you do not pass the TEAS V exam, you may retake it after three months.

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