Step 1: Before applying

Before applying to the LSC nursing program, complete the following steps.

Choose program and start date

Practical nursing

To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), apply to one of the 40-credit practical nursing programs.

Professional nursing

To become a registered nurse (RN), apply to one of the 64-credit professional nursing programs.

Become an LSC student

  • Before you begin the LSC nursing application, apply and become an LSC student, if you have not already done so.
  • Important: You must declare your academic program of interest to apply to a nursing program. You can do this when you apply to LSC or by meeting with an advisor. Choose:
    • Practical Nursing (to become an LPN)
    • Nursing (to become an RN)
  • Note: Nursing Assistant Certificate / CNA is required for Practical Nursing diploma and Professional Nursing AS. It is not required for the Military Medic or LPN track programs.

Complete pre-program courses and requirements

Complete all "pre-program" requirements / courses specified in your program guide.

Review pre-program requirements in the program guide including:

  • English
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Pre-program courses
  • GPA requirements
Apply while attending pre-program classes?

Professional nursing applicants must have completed all pre-program classes before applying.

Practical nursing applicants may apply while attending pre-program classes. However, all pre-program requirements must be met before the program starts.

Note: If you attended college somewhere else (including the military), you may be able to transfer credits that meet your pre-program course requirements.

Register for Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam

First visit to the ATI Website?

  1. Go to
  2. Create an account (Practical nursing applicants choose institution: "Lake Superior College PN", Professional nursing applicants choose institution "Lake Superior College ADN")
  3. Choose "Register for TEAS before using ATI".
  4. Then choose "ATI at an Institution"
  5. Choose Program Type: TEAS for Nursing Students
  6. Choose country, state, and city
  7. Choose test date
  8. Register by paying $97

Register for ATI TEAS with an existing ATI account

  1. Log in to
  2. Go to Online Store in the top navigation bar
  3. Choose Register for TEAS in the left bar
  4. Choose Program Type: TEAS for Nursing Students
  5. Choose country, state, and city
  6. Choose test date
  7. Register by paying $97

You must have taken or registered to take the TEAS exam before the nursing application closes. More details are found in the nursing program application procedure.

It's easy and convenient to take your ATI test at Lake Superior College.

Once you've purchased your TEAS exam, there are no refunds.

Prepare for Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam

Use the ATI TEAS Study Guide

  • Check out a copy of the ATI TEAS study guide to use while in the LSC Learning Center (you can’t take it with you)
  • Purchase a copy of the study guide from the bookstore or online
  • Borrow or buy a used copy of the study guide from someone who’s already passed the test


Get help in-person at LSC Learning Center

The LSC Learning Center provides:

  • Free tutoring
  • Textbooks and study guides available for reference – use them to practice specific concepts

Learn, practice or take a simulated test online

Register and login at the Learning Express Library (doesn't work on Internet Explorer).

  • Under "All Centers" choose "Career Center"
  • Choose "Prepare for an Entrance Exam"
  • Choose "Prepare for Nursing School Entrance Tests", then "Nursing School Practice Entrance Tests". You can learn, practice or take a simulated test. 
  • For additional practice before taking practice tests, choose "Nursing School Entrance Tests eBooks".