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Clinical Nursing Admission Testing Requirements

Admission to the clinical portion of all nursing programs at HCC requires successful completion of an admission exam.  The test differs by clinical program. Both tests are computer-based.  Exam scores are valid for two years.

 Required Testing

ProgramRequired TestTesting Fee
Accelerated RN, Traditional RN, LPN CertificateHESI Evolve Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment (A2)

$65*   Register

LPN Pathway SequenceHESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam

$65*   Register

Students must achieve a specified composite score on the tests to fulfill this component of the programs' application requirements.  Students are strongly encouraged to see an academic advisor (RCF-242) regarding this requirement and attend an information session.

Please note that applicants who have not completed a U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited institution are still required to complete the English placement test, regardless of prior completion of college-level English.  Placement scores are valid for two years.

*Subject to change.

Accelerated RN, Traditional RN, and LPN Programs:  Evolve Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment (A2)

Applicants to the clinical portion of the Accelerated RN, Traditional RN, and LPN programs must successfully complete the Evolve Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment (A2) in order to qualify for admission.  This requirement is in addition to GPA and prerequisite course requirements.

Please refer to the FAQ's for recommendations on when to take the exam and other helpful information, including how to access a personalized remediation plan for students who are unsuccessful.

Students who take the A2 at a Prometric testing center instead of at HCC should request that Prometric make the scores available electronically to HCC.

Approximately 5 hours are allotted for students to complete this exam, which tests knowledge in English, math, and science.  A list of suggested study topics is available.  The HCC Bookstore carries a study guide for purchase; copies are also available at the HCC Library for use within these facilities.

Exam Registration: The exam will be given on specific dates throughout the year; students must complete the appropriate form (see links below) and pay the testing fee in advance or students can register and pay online.  The testing fee is non-refundable. Students must wait three months in between testing attempts and can only test three times in a given year.

Students who wish to reschedule their test date or who do not attend on their scheduled testing date are subject to repaying the testing fee for a subsequent test registration.

Space is limited; students must register no later than the registration deadlines shown below and are encouraged to test as soon as possible.  To register, print and completely fill out the form below and submit them, along with payment, to the Office of Admissions and Advising or register and pay online through the link below:

Current A2 Testing Schedule (schedule and test fee subject to change).

Testing DateRegistration DeadlineTimeLocation
Friday, July 17, 2015July 1010:00 a.m.RCF-359
Friday, August 28, 2015August 2110:00 a.m.RCF-359
Friday, September 11, 2015September 410:00 a.m.RCF-359
Friday, October 30, 2015October 2310:00 a.m.RCF-359
Friday, November 13, 2015November 610:00 a.m.RCF-359
Thursday, December 17, 2015December 1010:00 a.m.RCF-359

Register and Pay Online for Nursing Testing

 LPN Pathway Program: LPN Pathway Entrance Exam

Applicants must receive a passing score on the HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam. A minimum of eight weeks is required between testing attempts.  Students may test up to three times per year.  You must submit the HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam registration form and the non-refundable payment (or receipt of payment) to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242) at least two weeks prior to the first day of the requested testing period. Students can also register and pay online for the HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam. A maximum of three hours is allowed for this exam.

HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exams are offered by appointment only.  Exams will be conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with check-in beginning at 9:30 a.m. and no later than 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays with check-in beginning at 12:00 p.m. and no later than 5:00 p.m.  Testing hours are subject to change.  Exams will NOT be offered on Fridays.  Please plan accordingly.


Current HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam Testing Schedule

Testing Date


By Appointment onlyRegister Now2 weeks prior to testing date requestedTest Center HoursRCF-359

Register and Pay Online for Nursing Testing      

For more information, attend an LPN Pathway information session or meet with a Nursing Advisor during walk-in advising hours.


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Office of Admissions and Advising
Howard Community College — RCF-242
Phone: 443-518-4230
Fax: 443-518-4589

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