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

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

After completing the TEAS, you will receive instructions for accessing your score. If you have taken the TEAS at another college, you may elect to submit those scores as part of your application to the nursing program rather than retake it at SFSC. In that case, provide a copy of the Individual Performance Profile to the health sciences specialist before the end of the program’s application period.

SFSC’s nursing programs accept applications from the second Monday in January through the second Friday in April. Prepare to take the TEAS in time for your test scores to be submitted in accordance with application process deadlines.



Before you schedule the TEAS, you must meet with the health sciences specialist for a Minimum Admission Requirement (MAR) review.

The TEAS is 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.


$58, 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 or wish to improve your scores, you may retake it after three months and up to a maximum of three times in a calendar year. You must retake the entire exam each time and not individual sections of it.

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