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Placement Tests and Transfer Credits

HESI Entrance Exam

About HESI

HESI is a comprehensive, computer-adaptive testing program that quickly and accurately assesses students' skill levels in reading, mathematics and critical thinking. Please allow up to three hours to take the test. You will receive your scores immediately upon completion of the test. HESI results are good for two years from test date. The cost of the exam is $34.00.


If you are applying for any of our full time Allied Health Programs (Dental Assisting, Medical Assistant, Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology) you will need to take the HESI exam. If you have attended college before, even if you possess a degree you will still be required to take and pass the exam to apply into these programs.

How to Create a Student Account for the HESI Exam

Career Ready 101

All new students will complete the Career Ready 101 assessment test to determine their current skill level in math, reading, language and communication. (Students in health-related programs will complete a different assessment test.) The results of the test will determine whether you need to attend Technology Foundations classes to improve your math, reading, language, or communication skills before beginning your program coursework. If you participate in Career Ready 101, you will work at your pace and exit the program once you achieve a designated skill level.

Students who seek exemption from the Career Ready 101 requirement must submit an official transcript showing college-level math and English credit. The transcript will be evaluated against the curriculum.

Credit for Previous Training/Work Experience

Training completed in high school or at technical institutes, colleges and other training situations, such as business, industry, and the military, will be evaluated toward completion requirements where applicable. In order to request credit for previous training, students may be asked to provide one or more of the following:

  • Testing: The program instructor may request that the student demonstrate proficiency through oral or written exams, and/or skill performance.
  • Transcripts: The program instructor will review the student’s official educational transcripts and grant credit for previous coursework as appropriate.