Practical Nursing Entrance Test & Selection Point System

All applicants must take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Version 5, prior to the application deadline. The Nursing RN (including Transition RN) and LPN programs require a Reading Comprehension score of 69% and an Adjusted Individual Total (overall) score of 58.7% on the TEAS V to be considered for program admission. Several testing dates are scheduled prior to the application deadline. To find the most up-to-date TEAS test schedule, visit EFSC's Health Program TEAS Testing web page. Also see below for information about the TABE test or an exemption. TABE is a second testing requirement for this program. Seating is limited for both of these tests.

NOTE:  Students who are applying to the LPN program in 2017 (to begin in 2018) will be taking a new version of the TEAS test called  "ATI TEAS".  For more information about this new version, please visit

EFSC Nursing Programs TEAS Test Policy: The RN Nursing, Transition RN Nursing and Practical Nursing programs will only consider TEAS Version 5 test scores taken once per year (the first attempt within said year will be used) for application consideration into a nursing program by the application deadline. Test scores are valid for two years.

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Grade Point Average

Applicants are required to have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the application deadline.  For the College GPA to be used, at least 12 credit hours of college courses must be completed with 4 credits in a science (with lab). Students are responsible for providing the Health Sciences and Nursing Admissions and Advising office with copies of their unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended, including EFSC.  Faxed transcripts will not be accepted.

Work Experience/Health Science Education

Bonus points for relevant work experience may be earned in only one of the following areas:

One year of full-time work experience in a related Health Sciences field

3  points     

Graduate of a Health Science Program one semester or less in length, with six (6) months' work experience in the graduated field

5 points

* A Health Experience Form completed by your supervisor, confirming your job position, dates worked, and job responsibility is required for points to be awarded. Any Health Science programs not evident on a transcript should be documented by providing a copy of the Certificate of Completion or other official documentation. Work experience is calculated based on the start date of employment, must meet the length requirement and have been completed within 3 years of the application deadline.

NOTE: All health related work experience must involve direct patient care to count for points.

TABE Test or Degree Completion

Applicants qualify for 5 points in only ONE of the following three areas:

1. TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education) is required by the Florida Department of Vocational Education as an exit exam to graduate from Vocational programs. The required score to obtain for graduation is 11th grade level in all three sections – Reading, Language & Mathematics. Applicants obtaining TABE test scores equal to or higher than the minimum level of 11th grade for Reading, Language, and Mathematics prior to the application deadline will be awarded 5 points. TABE scores are good for two years.

Applicants obtaining scores lower than the minimum should take their profile sheets to any EFSC Campus Learning Lab for remediation to improve their test scores before program completion. NOTE: The TABE test can be taken only ONCE every 6 months.

2.  TABE exemption:  Qualify for any form of TABE exemption, according to the EFSC college-wide Testing Office.  Students must provide a copy of their TABE exemption form by the application deadline.

3.  Degree completion: Graduates of any Associate Degree, or higher.  Must provide copy of the degree and/or transcript to confirm the degree earned.  Obtaining a TABE exemption, that confirms the earned degree, can also be used - must be provided by the deadline.

Bonus Courses for Points

Specific courses relevant to program admission (listed below) will be awarded bonus points, if completed prior to the application deadline. These courses only apply towards program admission, and are not required to graduate from the LPN program. Each course is worth a maximum of 5 points. An earned grade of "A" is worth 5 points, a "B" is worth 4 points, and a "C" is worth 3 points. All courses MUST be completed with a grade of "C" or better by the application deadline.

1. College Credit Courses:  Sciences

The following science courses must have been completed within the last five (5) years to qualify for points:

• Anatomy & Physiology I (includes Lab)  
• Anatomy & Physiology II (includes Lab)

*Separate points will be awarded for EACH grade earned in Anatomy & Physiology courses with lab.  Your first passed attempt within the year requirement will be used.  You can inquire with a Nursing & Health Science Advisor, regarding possible exceptions to this year rule.  In order to take these science courses at EFSC, you must pass BSCC1010 General Biology.

2. College Credit Courses: Electives (no year requirement)

  • Success Strategies for College & Life (SLS 1101) *New for 2017 applicants
  • Introduction to Health Care (HSCC1000)
  • Medical Terminology (HSC1531 OR HSC1532).   *If you take both courses, the highest grade earned will be used.

Military Service Points

Two years or more of military service will receive 2 points. (must show proof of service)

Equal Access Policy

Eastern Florida State College is dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory environment which promotes equal access, equal educational opportunity, and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, race, national origin, color, ethnicity, genetic information, religion, sex, gender preference, pregnancy, disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. 

EFSC recognizes the rights of students and applicants with disabilities, including those with hepatitis B, under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.