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The ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam is a computerized exam that measures a student’s academic ability in English & Language Usage, Reading, Mathematics and Science. The adjusted individual total score will be used as one component in the competitive health science program selection process. This score will range from 0% to 100%. Health Science programs use this score differently based on specific program selection criteria. (See the Health Science program advisor for details). 
The ATI TEAS exam will be the same for all programs. However, students must choose a program designation of either Nursing or Allied Health during the registration process.
ATI-TEAS – Nursing
Applicants seeking admission into the following programs must take the exam prior to the program deadline:

  • Nursing Associate Degree - Deadline: January  31, 2023
  • Nursing RIBN Program - Deadline: January 31, 2023

ATI-TEAS - Allied Health
Applicants seeking admission into the following programs must take the exam prior to the program deadline:

  • Emergency Medical Science - Deadline: October 31, 2022
  • Medical Assisting - Deadline: April 1, 2023
  • Medical Sonography - Deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant - Deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Physical Therapist Assistant - Deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Radiography - Deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Respiratory Therapy - Deadline: April 1, 2023
  • Surgical Technology - Deadline: May 1, 2023

Exam scores are valid for a term of three years from the exam date. If the exam is changed to a new version, only the version of the exam currently used at SCC will be considered valid.

Applicants to all programs may test twice per academic year. The exams must be at least 30 days apart to be valid. This requirement also applies to exams taken elsewhere in which the student submits official TEAS transcripts. 

Here is the 2022-2023 ATI-TEAS schedule for in-person testing at an SCC campus.

Account Creation:
Please use the following instructions to register for the ATI Testing account

  • Go to the ATI Testing website at
  • Select "I am preparing for or taking the TEAS"
  • Click "Create an Account" near the top of the page
  • Complete the Personal Information section
  • Select an institution: Southwestern CC NC ADN (Nursing) or Southwestern CC NC AH (Allied Health)
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the account creation process

Registration Instructions:
Please use the following instructions to register for the ATI TEAS Exam:

  • Go to:
  • Select the "Register Now" button
  • Choose "In-Person" when prompted to choose how you wish to take the exam
  • Select Program Type (Nursing or Allied Health), "Search by School Name", "NC" for state, and one of the "Southwestern CC NC options" for school depending on desired location.
  • Choose desired exam and click "Select" 
  • Complete the registration process following the on-screen instructions
    • There is a Non-Refundable Fee of $82 for the exam (price subject to change)
    • Registration for an exam may not be available until a couple of months prior to the exam date.
    • Registration closes 48 hours prior to an exam.

Students should save their exam date, time and ATI account login information. They will need to bring the account login information and a photo ID for the exam session.

Alternate Testing Options:
ATI Testing offers an option for students to take the ATI-TEAS exam online via remote proctor as opposed to taking the exam in-person at an SCC campus. They also offer an option for students to take the exam in-person at a PSI Testing Center. If you are interested in learning more about these options, please visit ATI Testing's website

Testing Accommodations:
Students with a documented disability that will require testing accommodations must call Janina DeHart, Disability Services Coordinator, at 828.339.4326 to arrange accommodations prior to scheduling the exam.

Study Guide:
It is highly recommended that students study for the exam. ATI Testing recommends the 2020-2021 Official Study Manual for the ATI-TEAS for the exam. The manual may be purchased from ATI Testing at
All registrations are final. If a student fails to show for an exam, they will be required to re-pay to register for another exam. ATI Testing has stated that rescheduling is not an option and no refunds are possible. Please contact ATI Testing directly for more information regarding rescheduling an exam due to an emergency.
Inclement Weather:
In the event that the college is closed for the day, operates on a delayed scheduled or closes early due to inclement weather, ATI-TEAS exams may be affected. Changes to scheduled exams will be as follows:

College Closed: If the college closes for the full day, all exams will be canceled. Students will be contacted once the college reopens to reschedule exams.

Delayed Opening: If the college opens on a delayed schedule, exams may be affected depending upon the time of the exam.

  • Exams scheduled for 8:30 a.m. will be canceled. Students will be contacted once the college reopens to reschedule exams.
  • Exams scheduled for 12:30 p.m. will be administered as scheduled.

Early Dismissal: If the college closes early, exams may be affected depending on exam time and closing time.

  • If the college closes prior to time for an exam, the exam will be canceled. Students will be contacted once the college opens to reschedule exams.
  • If the college closes once an exam has started, the Testing Center staff will make a decision regarding the exam on a case-by-case basis.

If an exam is canceled due to inclement weather, scheduled students will not be required to pay another fee to reschedule their exam. Also, students will not need to register for another exam through the ATI Testing website.

In the event that a canceled exam must be rescheduled for a date that is after a Health Science program deadline, students will not be penalized for missing the deadline. An extension will be given to allow the student to take the exam within a reasonable timeframe. Please note that this extension applies only to the ATI-TEAS exam. All other requirements must be met by the program deadline.

Please refer to SCC’s website for information regarding inclement weather closings. This site provides information about how to enroll in the college’s mobile alert program as well as other means of notification.

COVID-19 Pandemic Notice:
In the event that the college deems it necessary to close our buildings due to the pandemic, the test will need to be postponed or possibly switched to a remotely proctored exam. Students will be contacted via email with more information if this situation arises. Therefore, please ensure that you regularly monitor the email address used to create your ATI Testing account.

ATI TEAS Exam Transcripts:
SCC is unable to accept exam transcripts directly from students or from another institution. Students who wish to have their official ATI TEAS Exam transcript sent to SCC from another institution or from SCC to another institution must do so through ATI Testing at There is a $27.00 fee for the transcript.

Non-SCC Student Testing:

Due to space limitations, only applicants to programs at SCC are permitted to take the ATI-TEAS exam at our institution. Testing for other institutions is not permitted. 
ATI Testing Contact Info:
Phone: 800.667.7531
Email to:
Please contact Jody Woodring at 828.339.4332 or if you have any questions regarding the ATI TEAS Exam. 


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