SFSC uses the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) 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 ATI TEAS 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 ATI TEAS 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.

The ATI TEAS exams are offered year around; however, you may only take the exam three times in a calendar year with a three-month wait period between testings.

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 ATI TEAS exam.


If you do not pass the ATI TEAS exam, you may retake it after three months and only three times in a calendar year.

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