Program Information

  • Program Level: Associate in Science (A.S.)
  • Area of Interest: Nursing and Health Professions
  • Location: SCF Bradenton, SCF Lakewood Ranch, SCF Venice

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Estimated Costs

There is a non-refundable application fee for the LPN-RN Transition A.S. Nursing Program. Cost estimate based on the per credit hour rate for Florida residents. The Schedule of Fees is subject to change without notice and whenever conditions dictate.

LPN-RN Transition ASN Tuition
Home Nursing Transition Program (Articulated to B.S. Degree) [2025]

Nursing Transition Program (Articulated to B.S. Degree) [2025]


Application Information and Instructions

A.S. Nursing applications are accepted during the following dates:    

Application periods and TEAS deadline dates are subject to change.  Please monitor this page for the most current program information.

Semester/ProgramApplication PeriodTEAS Deadline
Fall 2024 Basic: Day
PM/Weekend (LWR campus ONLY)

Mandatory Orientation
Lakewood Ranch Campus
 March 1 – May 15, 2024May 15, 2024
Spring 2025  Basic: Day,
PM/Weekend (LWR campus ONLY)
 August 1st – September 15th, 2024 September 15th, 2024
The evening/weekend option is available exclusively at the Lakewood Ranch campus and is contingent upon sufficient enrollment.

The A.S. Nursing Transition program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is a limited enrollment program. Completion of all or part of the academic courses required for the degree does not guarantee acceptance to the Nursing program. The program does not utilize a wait list. Students must apply/reapply during a nursing application period. If there are more qualified applicants than seats in the program, the policy and procedure on admission requirements and selection process will be followed. The following list of information and instructions has been provided to assist students in the application process to the A.S. Nursing Transition program. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each step mentioned below is completed by the application deadline and that all information provided during the application process is accurate.

Important Information About Communications from SCF. All communication from SCF to nursing program applicants will be done through your SCF studnent email account.  Please make sure your SCF student email account is active!  Monitor your SCF student email account so that you do not miss any pertinent information regarding your application status. If you experience issues with your SCF student email account, please contact the ITS HelpDesk . 

Apply to one program only.                      

Step 1:  Apply to State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee

The Fall 2024 Transition Nursing Program application is open March 1 – May 15.

  • Complete all steps required for admission to the college as a degree seeking student.
  • Click HERE for application to SCF.  
  • If three or more consecutive semesters have passed since enrollment at SCF, student must reapply to the college.
  • Order official transcripts early! It takes 3-6 weeks for transcripts to arrive and be evaluated. This process must be complete by the nursing application deadline.

Step 2: Once accepted to the college, a student will be able to apply to the A.S. Nursing Transition program if they have met the following minimum criteria:

The four prerequisite courses must be completed, with grades posted, by the application deadline, AND applicants must meet GPA requirements.

  • BSC 2085C Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
  • BSC 2086C Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
  • ENC 1101 Written Communications I
  • Mathematics Any Category A, Area II Mathematics, A.A.

*View the Basic Nursing Program application requirements for specific information regarding qualifying GPAs and TEAS scores.    

Step 3:  Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam requirements: 

  • The TEAS deadline for the Fall 2024 Transition Nursing Program is May 15, 2024.
  • The TEAS Total Score must be within, or above, the Proficient Level of Academic Preparedness score range: 58.7% – 77.3%.
  • All four (4) sections of the TEAS exam (Reading, English, Math and Science) must be taken during the same exam time.
  • TEAS Version 7 exams are good for three (3) years.
  • Qualified TEAS Version 6 exams will be accepted until August 28, 2023.
    • TEAS transcripts are ordered and paid for through ATI Testing.
    • Visit www.atitesting.com and log in.
    • Go to the ATI Online Store and select “TEAS Transcript”
    • Proceed with the ordering process. Please note this process typically takes 48-72 hours.
    • View the Nursing Entrance Exam page for more information.

Step 4: Submit Employer Letter/LPN Official School Transcript/LPN Diploma/LPN License:

Please do not submit until the application is open.

  • If you are a recent LPN program graduate, you have twelve (12) months from the time you graduate to enter the Transition Nursing Program and not be required to show LPN work experience. Please email your LPN school diploma to Elisa Molina Villegas at villege@scf.edu by the application deadline.
  • Working LPNs must show proof of CURRENT work experience for the past year, preferably in acute or extended care medical/surgical in-patient settings. Please provide a letter(s) from your current employer(s), on company letterhead, that include the dates you have been employed with said employer and list the nursing (hands-on) skills you perform on the job. Please email your employer letters to Elisa Molina Villegas at villege@scf.edu by the application deadline.
  • All Transition applicants are required to order official LPN school transcripts to be sent to SCF’s Office of the Registrar as part of this application process. Transcripts must be received by the application deadline.
  • Please submit a copy of your Florida LPN license to Elisa Molina Villegas at villege@scf.edu by the application deadline.

Step 5:  Follow these steps to access the A.S. Nursing online application:  

  1. Select APPLY NOW
  2. Select Limited Enrollment Admission
  3. Select Associate of Science Nursing-Transition
  4. Select either the daytime OR evening/weekend program.
  5. Complete the application.
  6. Complete Payment.  The A.S. Nursing-Transition application fee is $35.00 and is non-refundable.  If you previously paid the application fee within the past three (3) years, you will not be required to do so again.  If you have any issues making the payment online, or have any questions regarding this payment, contact Fee Payment/Cashiering at 941-752-5370.  You can visit their office in person (Bradenton or Venice campus).  The nursing application fee is not included in tuition/fee payment plans and is not covered by Financial Aid. Failure to pay the application fee by the application deadline will result in your application being denied. 
  7. Applicants may be prompted to provide additional information during the application process. Requests for additional information will be submitted via the SCF student email address issued to the student upon acceptance to the college.  Students must submit all requested information for the application to be complete. 
  8. All application requirements must be completed by the application deadline or the application will be denied.
  9. Only submit one application.

After Applying

  • Once the complete application has been submitted, the student will receive an email confirming receipt of the application by the college.
  • All email correspondence will be sent to the SCF student email address issued to the student upon acceptance to the college.

Mandatory Orientation for all conditionally accepted students is:

  • June 17, 2024
    8:30 AM – 3:30 PM at
    SCF Lakewood Ranch (more details via acceptance email) 

    If you don’t attend Orientation, your conditional acceptance will be rescinded.

GPA & TEAS Requirements

In conjunction with the Prerequisite GPA requirements, TEAS Score(s) must be at or above the following:

Prerequisite GPATEAS Requirement:
3.0+Total: 58.7%
Prerequisite GPATEAS Requirement 
2.75-2.99Total: 65%Science: 65%
 Higher scores are not given admission priority.  

ATI TEAS Exam

ATI TEAS Exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is a nursing entrance exam and is an  admission requirement that must be met before applying to SCF’s A.S. Nursing Program. 

SCF offers TEAS testing for SCF students only.  

New TEAS 7 releases June 3, 2022 –  Compare TEAS 7 to TEAS 6
SCF Nursing will accept qualified TEAS 6 exams through August 28, 2023.

TEAS deadline dates are subject to change.  If you took the TEAS exam at another institution, your official TEAS transcripts must be received by SCF’s Assessment & Testing Center by the following dates to be considered for the program:                     

  • TEAS exam deadline for Fall 2024 Basic Program:
    • May 15, 2024
  • TEAS exam deadline for Fall 2024 LPN-RN Transition Program:
    • May 15, 2024

Exam Registration

TEAS exam dates are limited at the SCF testing centers. Testing seats are also limited so register early.

  1. Visit the ATI Testing website to:
    • Create an account
    • View exam dates/times offered at SCF
    • To register and pay for your TEAS exam
  2. Visit the SCF’s Assessment and Testing Center to:
    • CONFIRM your registration
    • Schedule your appointment

LEARN more about the TEAS exam and the TEAS registration process by attending one of the Nursing information Sessions. The information sessions are free and registration is not required.


More Information

 

What are the sections on the TEAS, what skills will be assessed and how much time is allowed on each section of the TEAS?

The test is taken on a computer. The questions are generally multiple choice style with four options. Each test section consists of several pages with roughly five questions per page. When you have answered the questions, select the “Next” button in the lower part of the screen to move to additional questions. You can review previous pages, but once you move to a new subject (example-from reading to math), you cannot return.

Section Time
Reading 55 minutes – 45 items
Mathematics 57 minutes – 38 items
English 37 minutes – 37 items
Science 60 minutes – 50 items
Total Time 209 minutes  (3.48 hours)
  1. The Math section consists of two categories: Numbers and algebra (18 questions) and Measurement and data (16 questions).
  2. The Reading section consists of three categories: Key ideas and details (15 questions); Craft and structure (9 questions) and Integration of knowledge and ideas (15 questions).
  3. The English and Language Usage section consists of three categories: Conventions of standard English (12 questions); Knowledge of language (11 questions) and Using language and vocabulary to express ideas in writing (10 questions).
  4. The Science section consists of four categories: Human anatomy and physiology (18 questions); Biology (9 questions); Chemistry (8 questions); Scientific reasoning (9 questions).
  5. Concentrate first on learning the content material for each section in the TEAS 7 Study Manual. Then do the practice questions.
  6. The TEAS exam is about ‘application of knowledge’.  Your current college grade point does not determine your success on the TEAS. Nursing requires familiarity and application of knowledge you were introduced to in middle and high school. Review and mastery of this information and accompanying skills is needed.
  7. The TEAS exam is required to apply to the Nursing Program.
  8. Each test is different. Your screen will be different from others.
  9. A calculator icon is provided in the top right corner of the screen during the Math portion of the exam.  You must click on the calculator icon to open and use the calculator.  This icon can be moved around the screen and minimized when not in use.
  10. Two pieces of labeled scrap paper will be provided to you before your test begins.
  11. There is no penalty for guessing. Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect.
  12. Pace yourself.
  13. Taking less time in one section does not give you more time in another.
  14. Your TEAS Total Score must be equivalent to, or greater than, the Proficient Level to be eligible to apply to the A.S. Nursing program. Higher scores do not give you admission priority.
  15. A copy of your results will be given to you at the end of the test.
  16. Passing scores on the TEAS exam are good for three (3) years from the exam date unless the ASN program admission requirements change and/or ATI makes the next version of the exam available.
  17. SCF Nursing will accept qualified TEAS 6 scores until August 28, 2023.
  18. Students have three (3) attempts to test into or exceed the Proficient Level within one calendar year.  There is a thirty (30) day mandatory waiting period between attempts.
  • We recommend that you use the certified study materials offered by ATI, the company that writes, edits and administers the TEAS. The company markets three items, a study manual, online practice assessments and the online prep course.
  • The study manual can be purchased at the SCF Bookstore or purchased through the company directly at www.atitesting.com   The study manual contains detailed information about the exam, as well as, a large number of practice questions. It is an excellent preparation resource for the TEAS.
  • The online practice assessments and the ATI TEAS SmartPrep can only be purchased directly through the company at www.atitesting.com
  • Whether practicing questions from the TEAS Study Manual or the online practice assessments, be sure to pace yourself at a rate similar to what the actual exam expects. Most mobile phones have a timer available. Use the timer to get an idea of how much time you have available for each question. See the section and time chart in the TEAS General Information section. Average time allowed per question ranges from one minute to one and a half minutes per question.
  • Concentrate first on learning the content material for each portion in the TEAS Study Manual. Then do the practice questions. The TEAS is about ‘application of knowledge’.
  • You current college grade point does not determine your success on the TEAS. Nursing requires familiarity and application of knowledge you were introduced to in middle and high school. Review and mastery of this information and accompanying skills is needed before you take the TEAS and enter nursing school.
  • For additional TEAS information, please visit ATI’s website: https://atitesting.com/teas-prep
  • NurseHub offers free TEAS 7 practice exams:  https://nursehub.com/courses/teas-vii-free-practice-tests/

The TEAS is offered at SCF’s Bradenton and Venice campus Assessment/Testing centers for SCF students only.

Students with Disabilities: Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations are provided to individuals with a documented disability.  You must bring a copy of your Disability Resource Center (DRC) Eligibility Letter to your testing appointment.  If you have questions about your eligibility, email the DRC at DRC@SCF.edu.

To take the TEAS at SCF, follow these steps:

  1. Visit www.atitesting.com/teas-prep.
  2. Scroll to the registration section of the page, and click “Start Registration”
  3. If you have an existing ATI account, select “Sign In”. If you need to create one, select “Create an Account”.  It is important to remember your ATI login. You will need this on exam day. Students who do not have their ATI login may be turned away from taking the ATI TEAS Exam.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete your registration.
  5. Once you have successfully registered and paid for the TEAS exam, you will receive an email confirmation from ATI with your exam date, time and location.  Be sure to bring this confirmation with you to your exam, along with a government-issued photo ID.
  6. CONFIRM your TEAS exam date and time with the SCF Assessment and Testing Center.

Students may take the TEAS at another institution and have their official TEAS transcripts sent directly to SCF’s Assessment and Testing Center. Visit www.atitesting.com to place your order. TEAS transcripts must be received by SCF by the TEAS deadlines.

IMPORTANT TESTING RULES:

  • ATI requires an examinee to present a valid government-issued photo ID.  The photo must be recognizable.  First and last names must match the ATI registration and government-issued ID exactly.  If there is a discrepancy, the examinee must resolve the issue before SCF will administer the TEAS.
  • SCF only administers the TEAS to SCF students who are applying to SCF’s A.S. Nursing program.
  • You must bring your ATI username, password and order confirmation number.
  • You will be given a writing instrument and scratch paper by the Testing Center Technician. These materials must be returned to the Testing Technician after taking the exam.  You may not use your own materials.
  • No backpacks, briefcases, purses, cell phonesor other electronic devices, food or drinks allowed in the testing room. Lockers in Bradenton or bags in Venice are provided for storage of these items.
  • Students may not refer to any support materials or aids at any time during the test. You also cannot click outside of the test window to enter the Internet. Clicking outside the test window will “freeze” your exam and you will not be able to continue the exam.
  • The TEAS is a timed test. Only limited bathroom breaks are allowed and should ONLY be taken at the end of a section BEFORE proceeding to the next section.
  • If you need to leave your seat at any time, go to the Check In Station.  Time for the exam section will not stop.  Time lost cannot be made up.
  • Students are not allowed to communicate with other students during the test.  If you have a question or a problem, please notify the Testing Technician immediately.
  • Each test is different, so your screen will be different from the person next to you.
  • When you have answered the final question of a section, you must select the “Next” button (not the “Stop Assessment” button). When all sections are completed and you are ready to compile results, select the “Next” button until you see the message “This is the last page of your assessment”. Your results will display.  You will print two (2) copies of your results.
  • Testing Center staff will give you a copy of your results. If you need additional copies of your results, go to www.atitesting.com and log in as a student, using your ATI user ID and password. You will be guided through the steps needed to bring your results to the screen.
I have met the Proficient level or better on the TEAS.  What is the next step?

You may apply to the nursing program during an open nursing application period if all other application requirements are met.  TEAS scores must be on file at SCF by the TEAS deadline.

How long are my TEAS scores good for?
Proficient Level or better scores on the TEAS are good for three (3) years from the exam date or until ATI makes the next version available.  SCF Nursing will accept qualified TEAS 6 exams until August 28, 2023.

I was unsuccessful with the TEAS.  What is the next step?  Students have three (3) attempts to test into or exceed the Proficient level within one calendar year. There is a mandatory thirty (30) day waiting period between each attempt.

  • If you are attempting to achieve TEAS Total and Science scores of 65%, you have only (2) attempts to do so.

What if I took the TEAS at another location?  Can I submit that exam?  As long as your TEAS exam meets our program’s requirements, you can purchase your official TEAS transcript from ATI and have it sent to the Assessment & Testing Center by the TEAS deadline for the application period in which you plan to apply.


AS, Nursing Resources

Online Instructional Programs

Nursing Skills Learning Labs

  • SCF Bradenton Campus
    Hours: 8:00 – 4:00
    Monday – Friday
    Building 29 – Room 153
    Phone: (941) 752-5539

  • SCF Lakewood Ranch Campus
    Building MTSC – Room 234
    Phone: (941) 363-7263

  • SCF Venice Campus
    Building 800 – Room 851
    Phone: (941) 408-1437

The Associate in Science Program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

The Associate nursing program at State College of Florida is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). View the ASN Program Outcomes.  The Baccalaureate nursing program at State College of Florida is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). View the RN-BSN Program Outcomes

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Baccalaureate nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at:  http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

*RegisteredNursing.org, **Data from 2020-21 FETPIP at FLDOE.org


Program Information

  • Program Level: Associate in Science (A.S.)
  • Area of Interest: Nursing and Health Professions
  • Location: SCF Bradenton, SCF Lakewood Ranch, SCF Venice
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