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Admission to the Nursing Program is competitive. Applicants must receive passing scores on the Nursing Admission Exams in order to be eligible for consideration.


Admission Exams

Campus-Based AN-DTA Registered Nurse

LPN Entry (LPN2RN) to Registered Nurse Program

  • Test of Essential Abilities (TEAS) by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI)
  • Kaplan Transitions.
    • This exam is 90 questions designed to evaluate knowledge of students transitioning from a Practical Nurse program to a program leading to Registered Nurse licensure. To prepare for this exam, it is recommended to review any NCLEX-PN preparation guide.

For specific degree requirements click the above button. Select the 'Nursing' tab, then click on the Program Planner for the degree you are interested in.


General Exam Information

  • Admission tests are scheduled by the Testing Center after the nursing application has been processed.
  • Prior test scores may be used if taken within two calendar years of the date of application submission.
  • Admission tests may only be taken one time in each application cycle regardless of where the exams are taken. Testing dates for Application cycle 1 are April 15 - July 15; for Application cycle 2, August 15- November 15.
  • To achieve the required minimum subject scores on the TEAS, the most current test and the next most recent test may be used. However, the composite (total) score from the most recent test will be used to determine admission points.
  • Applicants may have no more than two attempts on the TEAS within one year, regardless of where taken. After the second attempt within a year, the applicant must wait a full calendar year (365 days) before a 3rd attempt is permissible.
  • The applicant must retake the full assessment. Re-takes of specific subject areas only will not be accepted, and will count as a TEAS attempt.
  • The applicant must disclose all TEAS attempts (dates/locations). Failure to accurately disclose previous TEAS test attempts will disqualify the applicant from the admission cycle.
  • Ten points are subtracted from the applicant's admission score if the TEAS has been taken more than twice in three years (calendar years from the date of most recent test).
  • If testing accommodations are required, this must be arranged before scheduling the exam.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early on the day of your exam.
  • Bring photo identification to the testing site.
  • Scores will be available immediately upon completion of the exam.

Special Accommodations

If you need accommodations for testing, contact Disability Support Services.


Contact Nursing Programs

We are located on the second floor of the Health & Science Building. Stop by during regular office hours, or call (360) 442-2860 to make an appointment. For a full list of all nursing faculty and staff, please see our Contact Us page.

General Healthcare Program Inquiries

  Health & Science Building, 2nd floor
   (360) 442-2860
Fax: (360) 442-2879

Nursing Program Inquiries

  Bev Ylen, Program Coordinator
  (360) 442-2860
  bylen@lowercolumbia.edu

Nursing Program Advising

  Donovan Tate, Health Careers Specialist
  (360) 442-2351
  dtate@lowercolumbia.edu

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