Pre-Nursing Entrance Testing

The Health Education Systems Inc. Admission Assessment Exam-A2 (HESI A2) is required for all applicants by the Nursing department as part of its application process for entry into the Pre-Nursing program. The Nursing department will use your HESI-A2 results for your admissions ranking. This exam cannot hurt your chances for admissions, but can only help add points to your ranking score.  If student scores above an 80% on the Math, Reading and Vocabulary sections, that student is eligible for bonus ranking points.

You must pay for the exam first and then schedule your exam early to ensure date and time availability. Students are allowed to take the nursing entrance exam once per application period. 

Steps for HESI A2 Payment

Please allow four hours for the exam. Test results are available immediately. The cost of the exam is $39. Day, evening, and weekend testing hours are available July 15, 2016 - February 28, 2017. 

  1. The Pellissippi State Nursing Department will only count the first exam score during each application cycle.
  2. The Pellissippi State Nursing Department will honor the HESI score results for up to 5 years. The 5‐year time limit is counted backwards from current year’s application deadline.
  3. Pellissippi State students must bring their Pellissippi photo ID to enter the Testing Center. Non‐PSCC students must bring a valid government issued photo ID.
  4. No personal belongings are permitted in the Test Center. That includes food/drinks, watches of any type, fitness trackers, purses, packs, carried in clothing, caps/hats (except for religious purposes), cell phones or other electronic devices, writing implements, paper etc.
  5. You will only be able to reschedule this exam to an alternate day/time once the exam has been scheduled and the required fees paid.
  6. It is not possible to cancel or remove the exam completely and there are no fee refunds for missed or no show exams. An additional fee will be charged for no shows.
  7. If you have a documented disability that requires testing accommodations, please contact Disability Services at 865-694-6411.


For more information and for instructions on how to register for the HESI exam, please contact the Nursing Department.


Testing Instructions

Registration or cancellation MUST be at least 24 hours prior to test. Please arrive 20 minutes early to the scheduled testing site. Those arriving late will NOT be allowed to test. Test sessions are available on all PSCC campuses.

Please familiarize yourself with the Testing Center Policies before you arrive to take the HESI-A2.  You will need to bring a valid photo ID with you to the Testing Center as well as a receipt showing payment for the HESI-A2 test. Calculators are not allowed. Scratch paper and pencils are provided by the Testing Center. No cell phones, personal items or children will be permitted.

Once you have finished and submitted the HESI-A2, your results are automatically sent to the Nursing department.

For further information, please visit the Nursing Department's admissions page or call the Testing Center at 865-694-6454. For more information about studying for the HESI-A2 test, visit



Testing period for the Traditional Nursing Program is available:  July 15 – February 28.

Testing period for the Bridge-RN Program is available:  July 15 – January 31.