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Nursing Exams

Howard Community College requires the successful completion of an admission exam for entry into its clinical nursing programs.  The admission exams administered at HCC are computer-based and scores are valid for two years. On-campus testing is held in the HCC Test Center in RCF 359/366 monthly.

HESI Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment (A2): 

Applicants to the clinical portion of the Accelerated RN, Traditional RN, LPN, Paramedic to RN and Military to RN programs must successfully complete the HESI Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment (A2) with a minimum overall composite score of  70%. This requirement is in addition to GPA and prerequisite course requirements. 

Applicants will be allotted a maximum of five hours to complete the exam. The exam will test applicants’ knowledge of English, math, biology, chemistry and anatomy and physiology. A study guide for the exam, HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review, 5th Edition, is available for purchase at the HCC Bookstore and is also available for on-campus use only at HCC’s Clark Library. For a list of suggested study topics, click here

Registering for the HESI Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment (A2):

ProgramRequired TestTesting Fee
Accelerated RN,
Traditional RN
LPN Certificate
Military to RN
Paramedic to RN
HESI Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment (A2)

$65*    Register 

LPN Pathway SequenceLPN-RN Mobility Exam

$65*   Register

(*Schedule and exam fee subject to change)

To register for the exam, applicants should pay online.  A confirmation email will be sent within two business days to the applicant’s HCC email address with instructions on how to schedule your appointment.  Any applicant wishing to reschedule or who miss their confirmed exam date will need to re-register and re-pay the $65.00 fee.

If an applicant is unable to sit for the exam at HCC, testing options are available at Prometric locations. 

Prometric Testing Information:

  • While you can visit the Prometric or Elsevier website to get more information about distance or Prometric testing, please note you will not be able to complete the process until you are approved. Approval is only received when a Test Center representative submits your request.
  • The Department ID for HCC is 201687, however please note you will not be able to register at a Prometric location until a Test Center representative has submitted your request.
  • If you are interested in testing at a Prometric location, please email your HCC Student ID, First, Middle Initial, and Last Name, Phone Number, Evolve ID (username), Email associated with Evolve Account to tcnursing@howardcc.edu
  • If you wish to test at Prometric and require accommodations , please email tcnursing@howardcc.edu so we can provide information about how to request accommodations

If you have difficulty filling out the form, please just email the following information to tcnursing@howardcc.edu:

  • HCC Student ID, First, Middle Initial, and Last Name, Phone Number, Evolve ID (username), Email associated with Evolve Account

If you require accommodations, please email tcnursing@howardcc.edu so we can provide the additional required form

Requests to test at a Prometric location are sent weekly while remote services are offered during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Transferring Scores:
In some instances, students may have already taken the HESI A2 at another institution and would like consideration based on those exam results. Please have an official Elsevier transcript sent for score consideration. Please note, the exam must have the exact same components (English, math, biology, chemistry and anatomy and physiology) and be within the two year limit of the application term. Your score report must come directly from Elsevier.

If an applicant is unsuccessful in achieving  an overall composite score of 70% on the exam, they must wait a minimum period of three months before retaking the exam.  Applicants are allowed a maximum of three exam attempts within a given year.

 


HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam:

Current, practicing LPNs applying to the clinical portion of the LPN Pathway Sequence Program must successfully complete the HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam with a minimum score of 750 or 70%. This requirement is in addition to GPA and prerequisite course requirements.

Applicants will be allotted a maximum of three hours to complete the exam.  The exam will test applicants’ knowledge in the following areas: basic fundamentals, medical, surgical, maternity, pediatric, psychiatrics, operative knowledge, pharmaceutical knowledge and dosage calculations.  A study guide is not currently available for this exam.  Applicants are encouraged to review their NCLEX-PN materials before testing.

To register for the exam, applicants should submit an in-person registration form, along with their Cashier’s receipt for the non-refundable $65.00 exam fee, at the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242) or register and pay online by using the link below.  A confirmation email will be sent within two business days to the applicant’s HCC email address confirming their exam date.  Any applicant wishing to reschedule or who miss their confirmed exam date will need to re-register and re-pay the $65.00 fee.

If an applicant is unsuccessful in achieving  an overall composite score of 750 or 70% on the exam, they must wait a minimum period of two months before retaking the exam.  Applicants are allowed a maximum of three exam attempts within a given year.

HESI LPN-RN Mobility Exam Schedule*
Exam Date

Registration Deadline

TimeLocation
RegisterTwo weeks prior to testing date requestedTest Center HoursRCF-359

*Exam fee subject to change    

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