Associate Degree Nursing
(ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills)

Background & Purpose
In 2006, with SB 139 (Statutes of 2007) and SB 1309 (Statutes 2006), the Legislature provided grant funding for developing enrollment growth and retention for nursing programs in California.  The purpose of the legislation was to improve completion rates in nursing programs throughout the state.

Included in the legislation was a mandate to include assessment/readiness testing for Associate Degree Nursing students in California. The California Community Colleges Nursing Advisory Committee developed guidelines for assessment/readiness testing modified and approved by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO).

Shasta College has adopted the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) as its pre-enrollment diagnostic measure of basic skills and will use the results to help develop individualized readiness plans to promote student success in the Associate Degree nursing program.

The TEAS provides information about a prospective nursing student’s abilities in the basic academic skills of Reading, Math, Science and English language.  Currently used by the California State University (CSU) system plus hundreds of other schools of nursing across the United States, the TEAS is one of the assessment measures approved by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO).

Required for Enrollment
Currently, all students admitted to the Shasta College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program must take the ATI TEAS prior to enrollment in the ADN program.

The test results are used to identify and remediate any areas of deficiency as a condition of enrollment. If a student scores a composite score of 62% (total aggregated score) or below, they will be required to complete an Individualized Remediation Plan to correct any identified areas of deficiency as a condition of their enrollment. If a student scores below a composite score of 62% (or who has low scores in any section of the TEAS) they must notify the nursing program division office to set up a meeting to obtain their Individualized Remediation Plan. The Remediation Plan will offer suggested classes, review materials or courses and other support activities based on individual needs to assist in program success. The student will be given one year to successfully complete the Remediation Plan and demonstrate readiness to enter the nursing program.

Students who have met the established passing score, without needing remediation in any individual section will be eligible for enrollment. (For more information, please see "Individualized Remediation Plans" in Shasta College's TEAS Policy.

Additional TEAS Exam Information & Resources
Follow the links below for more information on the following:​​​​ ​ ​ ​

Scoring Parameters


Reporting Requirements

​​​ TEAS Pre-Screening - Intent to Apply Form
(Required for MCS Application Process)​ ​​


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