All applicants (all program options, except Options D and F) are required to pass the ATI TEAS Diagnostic Assessment Test (basic Math, English, Reading, and Science) prior to admission to the program with 62% or higher score. Applicants are highly encouraged to have their TEAS Exam completed and score attached to their application upon submission of their application in the nursing office. TEAS scores are not only required for eligibility, the score itself will be allocated points in the MultiSelective Criterion Process (Option A only). Therefore, students are encouraged to study hard and to do their best on the examination in order to obtain the highest number of points.
YES - The TEAS 7 EXAM IS COMING !!!!!! We will update this site with information in Fall 2021.
Get Prepared for the TEAS EXAM
Students can go to the ATI website to view locations in their community area offering the TEAS examination.
The Cerritos College Nursing Program will conduct a TEAS testing session once a year; however, this session will have limited spaces available and will be limited to only qualified, prospective candidates who are ready to apply to the nursing program. In order to hold the testing spot, the student needs to show verification of a Transcript Evaluation from a nursing counselor on the testing date and be fully prepared to turn in their completed application, unopened transcripts, and supporting documents ON THE DAY OF TESTING.
(The nursing program also takes the HESI exam at 70% or higher). The nursing program does not test the HESI exam on our campus. HESI Exams MUST have the science section included.
Students who test on our campus with our nursing department and who do not meet the benchmark score of 62% or higher, will/can be eligible to complete a remediation program on our campus, devised and supervised by the Director of Nursing. The remediation process may include additional coursework, workshops, and tutorials to improve on areas of deficiency. Upon successful completion of the remediation program, the student will be eligible to retake the TEAS Exam. *Remediation options are only for students who test at our campus. Further information regarding this remediation will be provided IF you do not meet the 62% benchmark.
1) Once you take ATI TEAS and pass, you must wait at least 365 days before re-testing to improve your score. Once you retest, the most recent score will be taken and accepted.
2) If you do not pass the ATI TEAS on your first attempt, you may:
a) Remediate with school who tested you and then re-test within one year (after your remediation has been completed) OR
b) Wait at least 365 days and re-test.
*Note: TEAS results are accepted within 365 days from a previous attempt ONLY if there is clear evidence of documented remediation completed with a college institution due to having failed the test.
3) If you have taken ATI TEAS as a second attempt (or more), and are not completing a remediation plan, then you will need to wait at least 365 days before you re-test. Retesting scores prior to 365 days (without proof of remediation) will not be accepted.
Please read the TEAS Guidelines and Regulations for full explanations and disclosures regarding the TEAS Exam.