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Application Requirements

Application materials are due by or postmarked by the October 15 or the February 15 deadline of each year.

To apply to the CSI Practical Nursing program, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Apply to the College of Southern Idaho (to become a student and get a student ID number).

*Acceptance to College does not guarantee placement to the program*

Step 2: Take The TEAS 6 test. This test measures basic essential skills in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, science and English and measures entry level academic readiness of nursing program applicants. The time limit for this test is 209 minutes with 170 total questions. This test can be completed at the CSI testing center or other approved testing sites. For more information about the CSI testing center.

*Students must score in the proficient category or higher to be considered for the PN program. The TEAS 6 test must be completed and passed at the proficient level or higher by the application date.

*Students will only be allowed to take the TEAS 6 Test a total of 2 times in each application period. You can repeat the TEAS 6 test one time in each application period to reach the proficient level with a 30 day waiting period between each test. As dictated by ATI, the maximum times the TEAS 6 test can be taken in a lifetime is four (4).

*If you take your TEAS test at center other than CSI, you need to submit a copy of your results with your other application materials.

To prepare for the TEAS 6 test or if you do not reach the proficient level within your two attempts, there are resources available. In the CSI library, there is the TEAS Pre-test Study Manual. Available through for purchase through ATI Testing, there are learning strategies, TEAS online practice assessments, study manuals. You can even purchase your TEAS transcript, if needed.

The TEAS 6 test has a cost of $55.00 per assessment that must be paid for with a credit/debit card at the testing center before you take the test (will be paid through the ATI testing website). Before taking the test, please create an ATI account (username/password). Follow the instructions on the site to create an account through their secure sign on (do not register for TEAS through this website).

Starting September 1, 2016 the ATI testing discontinued the TEAS V test and replaced it with the TEAS 6 test. The RN-AS program will currently accept test scores from either the TEAS V or the TEAS 6 to meet the entrance requiements.

Step 3: Complete, print and turn in an application to the Licensed Practical Nursing program.

Step 4: The following must be submitted or postmarked by the application deadline in order to receive points on the score sheet:

  1. Application to Practical Nursing program;
  2. Official high school transcript or GED/HSE (with graduation date) to the Office of the Registrar;
  3. Official college transcripts (from all other schools, not CSI) to the Office of the Registrar;
  4. Copies of any of the following to the Health Sciences and Human Services Department, if applicable:
    • Current copy of CNA license (front and back),
    • Copy of health-related field credential (i.e. RT, EMT, Paramedic, ST, MA, etc.),
    • TEAS 6 test results (only if the test was NOT taken at a CSI testing center),
    • Documentation of health-related work.

High school/college transcripts may be turned in personally to Office of the Registrar located in the Taylor Building or mailed to College of Southern Idaho, Attn: Office of the Registrar, PO Box 1238, Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238.

application and copies of licenses may be turned in personally to the Health Sciences and Human Services main office or mailed to College of Southern Idaho, Health Sciences and Human Services Department, Attn: Tammy Pehrson, PO Box 1238, Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238.

Course Expiration: All required Math and Science courses must be taken within 5 years of the application deadline to count toward application scoresheet, program acceptance, and program completion.

The score sheet will only be used to rank applicants. There is no minimum score needed to apply. You will only receive points for documentation you provide.

Entrance Requirements

Step 1: You must be able to meet the mental and physical eligibility requirements.

Step 2: To start the 1st semester of the Practical Nursing courses, you must have successfully completed:

  • Pre-college level math course, if applicable, (MATH 025, MATH 099B, MATH 023, or MATH 043) or have a placement score into a general education math course.
  • A packet of information regarding the following requirements prior to starting the program will be sent to you upon acceptance:
    • AHA Healthcare Provider CPR card
    • Current immunizations
    • Current physical
    • Background check
    • Drug screen
    • Health Insurance

Contact Information and Location:
Contact Person: Tamara Pehrson
HSHS Building 121
315 Falls Avenue PO Box 1238
Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238
Phone: 208-732-6727 or 800-680-0274, ext. 6727
Fax: 208-736-4743 (This is a shared fax. Please use a cover sheet.)
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