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-item, four-option, and multiple choice assessment. 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 section of 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
  • One point for having one or more health science certifications or two 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 two qualifying additional points, would have a calculated score of 65 and be considered a qualified applicant.