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NURSING - HESI (Pre-Admission Exam)
NURSING - HESI (Pre-Admission Exam)

The application deadline for Fall 2017 is January 27, 2017. HESI exams taken after January 27, 2017 will be recorded and reported for Fall 2018 admission.

The Health Education Systems Inc. Admission Assessment Exam-A2 (HESI-A2) tests prospective nursing students in two main academic areas: English (Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking are subcategories of the English Language Composite Score) and Math.

The HESI must be taken and passed prior to the application deadline (the fourth Friday in January) for the traditional Nursing Program. If you have taken the HESI at another college you can submit those scores to the Nursing Division to determine if they are passing or not. RSCC waives the Nursing Pre-Admissions Exam requirement for applicants who have a college degree from an accredited college (SACSCOC or equivalent).

The test is a multiple choice assessment that is timed and takes approximately 2 hours and 29 minutes to complete.

Please contact the Nursing Department for questions regarding the HESI Exam and its involvement with the Nursing program.

Kinds of Questions on the HESI

The computer based HESI-A2 consists of the following two academic exams which are scored:

The computer based HESI-A2 also includes two non-scored assessments:

Preparing for the HESI


The fee for the HESI Exam is $40.00 and is non-refundable. You may go by the Business Office/Cashier at the Roane County or Oak Ridge Campus to pay your test fee. Failure to cancel or reschedule at least 48 hours in advance will require a new testing fee. Cancellations prior to 48 hours will be allowed to retest within one academic calendar year at no charge. Please remember to keep your receipt; you are required to present it to the testing proctor on the day of your exam.

HESI Schedule - Roane County (Harriman) Campus (T-203)

Day Date    Time
Wednesday April 5, 2017   9:30 AM
Wednesday June 21, 2017   1:30 PM
Wednesday July 26, 2017   9:30 AM
Wednesday October 25, 2017   1:30 PM
Wednesday November 15, 2017   9:30 AM
Wednesday December 6, 2017   1:30 PM

HESI Schedule - Oak Ridge Branch Campus (F-103)

Day Date    Time
Friday January 20, 2017 - FULL   9:30 AM
Tuesday January 24, 2017   9:30 AM
Thursday January 26, 2017 - FULL   9:30 AM
Thursday March 23, 2017   9:30 AM
Friday May 19, 2017   9:30 AM
Friday June 23, 2017   9:30 AM
Thursday July 20, 2017   9:30 AM
Tuesday September 19, 2017   9:30 AM
Thursday October 5, 2017   9:30 AM
Thursday October 19, 2017   9:30 AM
Tuesday November 21, 2017   9:30 AM
Wednesday December 13, 2017   9:30 AM

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, choose a date and time from the above schedule and click the below link.

Your Roane State Identification Number (R#) is required. If you do not know your R#, log on to Raidernet and retrieve that information before trying to register for a test.

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If you have problems registering, please contact the Oak Ridge Testing Center.

On the Day of the Test

Bring the following items. These are requirements for your testing appointment. Failure to provide any of this information may result in cancellation of your reservation and forfeiture of your testing fee.

Not allowed during testing:

Any necessary testing materials will be provided (scratch paper, pencils, calculator) by the Testing Center.

Getting your Scores

Test results will appear on the computer screen immediately after you have completed the exam. RSCC Testing Centers will not print test results. You may access your results anytime through your Elsevier account which you will create at the time you take the exam. Keep a record of your Elsevier account username and password so that you may refer to the account if the scores are needed at a later time. Furthermore, a record of your LPN Challenge Exam scores will be posted in your Raidernet account under Student Self Service. Please allow 5 - 10 business days for your record to reflect the changes.

Please Note: The scores will automatically be sent to the Allied Health Sciences and Nursing Admissions Office to be recorded in your electronic file. You do not need to notify the Nursing Admissions Office that you have completed your testing requirement.

A passing score is required in both Reading Comprehension and Math to be eligible for admission to the RSCC Nursing Program.


RSCC allows students to re-take the exam after a minimum 3 month wait period. (Scores from RSCC or any other institution must adhere to the above re-test procedures to be considered valid for RSCC admissions requirements and prerequisites.) Each time an exam is taken the examinee is required to pay the full fee.

Contact: Jill M Robbins • (865) 354-3000 ext. 4804 •

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