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NURSING - LPN Challenge Exam

Due to winter weather closure impacts, the application window for the nursing program has now been extended through March 1, 2024. Additional LPN Challenge dates will be added by 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.


When you click to register for a test and a date and/or time does not show up, that means the testing session is FULL and you will need to choose another location or date. ALSO NOTE: double bookings are not permitted. Please only register for ONE testing date. If you need to reschedule, please contact Jill Robbins at 

The LPN Challenge Exam is administered through Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) and designed to assess a potential students fundamental clinical knowledge as it pertains to the nursing process.

The LPN Challenge Exam is taken by LPN applicants who are applying to the LPN Career Mobility Nursing Program. LPN-RN applicants may take the LPN Challenge Exam prior to LPN licensure, but must have an active LPN license prior to final acceptance into the program. Candidates who do not enter the program after 3 years of testing the LPN Challenge Exam will be required to repeat the exam process. On the day of the examination, the applicant is required to present an active Tennessee Practical Nurse license or a signed letter from the LPN program director verifying eligibility to sit for the LPN licensure exam. 

Please contact the Nursing Department for specific questions regarding the LPN Challenge Exam and its role in the admission process.

Kinds of Questions on the Exam

The computer based LPN Challenge Exam consists of 55 multiple choice questions covering a variety of nursing fundamentals and concepts such as: the role of nursing in healthcare delivery; basic human needs; legal and ethical considerations; therapeutic communication; vital signs and physical assessment; promotion of comfort and safety; hazards of immobility; infection control; wound care; medication administration; oxygenation; perioperative care; sensory alterations; psychosocial, cultural and family factors in health care; loss, death, and grief; and patient education. Furthermore, you may encounter questions requiring mathematical conversations in relation to the nursing process.


The fee for the LPN Challenge Exam is $35.00 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. The fee can be paid the day of testing. 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 or if you intend on testing at a later date.

Make an Appointment

To register for the LPN CHALLENGE, please have your R# available and see the schedule listed below. Choose the campus, date and time you wish to test and click on the Register Now button. If the date and time you pick is not shown as an option, this means the testing session is FULL and you will need to choose a different campus, date and/or time. If you experience difficulty registering online, contact Jill Robbins at PLEASE carefully input your R#, a valid phone number and email address (your Roane State email address is preferred) and double check it.

ALSO NOTE: You must wait a minimum of 30 days between retakes. 

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

LPN Challenge Exam Schedule - Roane County (Harriman) Campus
Yager Building, Room 203

Day Date Time
Monday February 5, 2024 9:30 AM
Wednesday  February 28, 2024 9:30 AM

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LPN Challenge Exam Schedule - Oak Ridge Branch Campus
Coffey McNally Building, 1st Floor, Room F-103

Day Date  Time
Tuesday February 6, 2024 9:30 AM
Tuesday  February 20, 2024  1:30 PM
Tuesday February 27, 2024 1:30 PM

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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 Exam 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 Evolve account which you will create at the time you take the exam. Keep a record of your Evolve account username and password so that you may refer to the account if the scores are needed at a later time. You can find information regarding viewing and ordering copies of your scores on the Evolve Student Welcome Page.

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 of 850 or better is required to be eligible for admission to the RSCC Nursing Program.


RSCC allows students to re-take the exam after a minimum 30 day 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.


Jill M Robbins • (865) 882-4678 • Click name for email address

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