The ATI TEAS (Test of Academic Skills) was developed to measure basic essential skills in academic content area domains for Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage. These entry level skills were deemed important for nursing program applicants by a panel of nursing program curriculum experts. The ATI TEAS is a 170 four-option, multiple-choice questions assessment. To order review materials and online practice session please go to ATI Testing website.
Based on the recommendation of the California Community College Nursing Advisory Committee, the passing score for ATI TEAS has been set at a 62%.
Students must pass the ATI TEAS prior to program enrollment. TEAS test results are not required to apply to the RN program. To increase chances of successfully passing the TEAS test and being selected into the program, we HIGHLY recommend students plan, study, and take the TEAS test prior to applying to the program.
Below are the frequently asked questions regarding TEAS tests. Please review this information before calling the front office.
Visit atitesting.com, scroll down the bottom to the section titled “free TEAS resources”.
A 62% or higher is a passing score for COD's nursing programs.
No. You may apply for the program without TEAS results. However, applicants are not eligible for points on the multi-criteria under the TEAS category if the results are not posted by the application due date. Additionally, if the applicant is offered a seat, the applicant must have a passing TEAS score prior to the start of the program (specific dates are given to applicants at the time of acceptance to the program).
Currently, applicants have unlimited chances to successfully pass the TEAS test. However, COD nursing programs only offer points on the multi-criteria worksheet for the first attempt. It is important that students feel well prepared to take the TEAS test in order to increase their chances of admission to the program.
COD Nursing programs will accept an unofficial report of TEAS results for application, however upon acceptance, candidates will be required to submit an official report.
To get your results to the Nursing department, select "College of the Desert ADN".
The TEAS version 7 is the most current version. COD Nursing programs will accept TEAS 6 up through June 2023. After that time, only TEAS 7 will be accepted.
No. A new TEAS version offers applicants an opportunity for a new "first attempt" score. For example, a candidate took TEAS 6 and passed it on the second attempt. The candidate could take TEAS 7 and pass on the first attempt, COD nursing programs will take the first attempt TEAS 7 score on the application and for multi-criteria points.
Students can sign up for a testing date through atitesting.com
Applicants can utilize the option for "TEAS Online - Proctored by ATI" to take the TEAS test at home if students have a device that meets minimum requirements.
There is no limit on how many times you can take the test, however please note that for multi-critieria points, we only accept your first attempt.