Is the TEAS a requirement for admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program?
Yes. Prior to admission, all students seeking admissions must complete the TEAS, which is a diagnostic readiness/assessment test (basic math, English, reading, and science) in addition to meeting the prerequisites and eligibility requirements for the program. Please note that results/scores of the assessment are not used to determine eligibility for the program.
What is the purpose of the TEAS (Test for Essential Academic Skills)?
Every college-level educational program begins with a solid foundation in Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage. Your previous educational roles might have given you all the preparation you need. On the other hand, you might have just gotten by, or perhaps it has been quite a while since you had to tackle those subjects in school. The primary purpose of test implementation is to promote student preparedness, assist students in the successful completion of the Respiratory Therapy Program, and to ensure an increase in the number of highly qualified Respiratory Therapists in California. The results/scores of the TEAS will be utilized by Respiratory Therapy Counselors and Faculty Advisors to assist in developing a readiness and/or remediation plan in order to ensure your success in the program.
I have my score report, but what does it all mean?
The Respiratory Therapy Program does not currently require a specific score on the TEAS. The TEAS results/scores are used by Respiratory Therapy Counselors and Faculty Advisors in assisting students to prepare and/or remediate for entrance into the program.
Anecdotal evidence has led the Respiratory Therapy Program to identify an overall score of 75% as satisfactory. Meaning that we believe a student scoring 75% or above will be academically successful in the Respiratory Therapy Program. Additionally, students scoring between 70% to 75% may experience some academic challenge with those scoring below 70% experiencing significant academic challenge.
What if I have already taken the TEAS?
You may take the TEAS again at no cost, simply register for a testing date.
You may also request that your TEAS Transcript be sent to the Santa Monica College Respiratory Therapy Program ($20 fee). Transcripts are sent electronically from ATI testing to Dawn Murphy at Santa Monica College.
Request TEAS transcripts.
Results sent from individuals or organizations other than ATI testing are NOT accepted at Santa Monica College.