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Admission Criteria

Acceptance to the program is based on the top 30 qualified applicants.
A qualified applicant is one who has an ATI TEAS composite score of 65% or higher or a composite score with additional qualifying points to equal 65% or higher.

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) is a computer-based assessment required for admission into the Vocational Nursing Program. It is a 170 items, four-option, and multiple choice assessments. 
It measures basic skills in the following sections:

  • Reading (64 minutes-53 questions),
  • Mathematics (54 minutes-36 questions),
  • Science (63 minutes-53 questions), and
  • English/Language Usage (28 minutes-28 questions).

Testing time is approximately 3½ hours in length.
The prospective qualified applicant must score a minimum on the following sections of the ATI TEAS test:

  • 50% correct on each of the Reading, Math, and English / Language Usage sections and
  • 33.3% correct on the Science sectionof the test and
  • 65% or higher on Composite Score (formula below)

You may purchase the study manual, ATI TEAS Study Manual 6th Edition from the TEAS website:  

(Composite scores are calculated using the combined highest ATI TEAS section scores.)
Reading (score x 30%) + Math (score x 30%) + English (score x 30%) + Science (score x 10%) = Composite Score
Applicants can receive qualifying additional points to their ATI TEAS composite score. The additional point system is as follows:

  • One point for 20 or more volunteer hours in the last 12 months documented on official organizational letterhead (excluding court-ordered community service.)
  • One point for completing one or more health field college courses, official transcript required.
  • One point for having one or more college degrees, official transcript required and
  • One point for having one or more Health Science certifications or 2 or more years of healthcare employment involving direct patient interaction (i.e. receptionist, administrative assistant, etc.)

Example of composite including qualifying additional points:
An applicant with a composite ATI TEAS score of 63% including 2 qualifying additional points would have a calculated score of 65 and would be considered a qualified applicant.