In addition to the above costs, students are required to pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a score of 67 or higher. The cost is currently $25. This is a diagnostic test that covers basic Math, Reading, and Science, and is given at regular intervals at Southwestern College and other schools of nursing. Students may prepare for this test by going to the ATI testing site (http://www.atitesting.com/), then go to ASSESSMENTS; go to Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
Students who fail to achieve a passing score must complete additional pre-nursing course work as directed by the nursing department. The prospective ADN student is permitted to take the TEAS Test only twice to achieve the required score of 62 to be considered for admission to the ADN Program.
Enrolled students are required to pay a fee (approximately $110) for testing services provided by Kaplan. These diagnostic tests are administered periodically throughout the nursing program beginning with an entrance test given the first week of the nursing program, and ending with a “mock” State Board exam in the fourth semester. Students that do poorly on the entrance test will be identified and encouraged to seek assistance in the Academic Success Center.
All students are encouraged to take the non-credit course, “Success in Nursing,” prior to entering the fall class.
The remaining comprehensive tests will aid in the progression and success of students, identify strengths and weaknesses, and assist in appropriate remediation and success in the program. A review course will be required for students who do not perform well on the “mock” test before the student’s name will be submitted to the Board of Registered Nursing as a candidate for the licensure examination.
Some financial assistance is available through the Financial Aids and Placement office. Application for assistance should be made early (preferably by April or May for new students) in the Financial Aid Office. It is recommended that the student not work more than 20 hours per week.