Nursing Admissions Assessment

The Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) A2 admission assessment is a tool used to evaluate nursing applicants and their potential for successful program completion. The assessment consists of two academic exams, mathematics and reading comprehension, and two non-scored sections identifying a student's learning style and personality profile.

All students applying to a Nursing program at Northeast Iowa Community College are required to complete the HESI A2 admission assessment in addition to the courses required for program admission. Scores may be transferred from another institution as long as they meet the NICC criteria and were completed within five years of the student's application date.

Advanced-standing students who are current LPNs can articulate into the sophomore year only after meeting program requirements. Advanced standing students must successfully complete the HESI LPN to ADN Assessment with a minimum score of 850 as an entry requirement to the ADN program.

The minimum requirement for acceptance to an NICC Nursing program is a score of 80 percent or above on both the mathematics and reading comprehension sections of the exam. Results of the personality and learning style sections are not scored but provide valuable information to the nursing department and the student. The scores are not used for the admission criteria.

Assessment Preparation

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the most appropriate time to complete the HESI assessment. All students should prepare for the assessment by accessing one or more of the following resources. 

  • Schedule one-on-one or group tutoring at the Learning Center.
  • Reserve study resources from the campus library or Learning Center.
  • Use online resources by searching for "HESI A2 admission assessment study guides or practice tests."


Students must purchase the assessment online for a cost of $40. A credit card must be used for the purchase. A payment ID code is required at the time of purchase and is available by contacting Mary Kay Kellogg-Strong at 800.728.7367, ext. 204 or Resources for creating a student account and making payment are available below.

Test Dates and Scheduling

Upcoming test dates and locations are listed below. All tests must be scheduled in advance by contacting 800.728.7367, ext. 204.

September 20, 2019 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Peosta
October 2, 2019 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Calmar
October 25, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Peosta
November 1, 2019 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Peosta
November 13, 2019 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Calmar
December 4, 2019 1:00 - 4:00  p.m. Calmar
December 6, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Peosta

On the day of the test, students must bring a photo ID and the confirmation receipt. Students will also need the login and password they use to access the HESI website. Please allow up to three hours for the assessment. The test is computer based and proctored by NICC staff. No calculators or resource books are allowed during the test; students may utilize the electronic pop-up calculator during the mathematics section.

Assessment Results and Next Steps

Results are available immediately after completion. Students are emailed once their test results are posted online within their Elsevier student account. Assessment results are also sent to the nursing department at NICC for review and documentation. The nursing department notifies the Admissions Office of the students who have completed the assessment.


Students who score below the minimum 80 percent are allowed to test a second time. A minimum of two weeks is required before attempting the second test, which will allow the student time to study and prepare for retesting. If the second test is unsuccessful, the student must wait three months before attempting the test again. The cost to purchase is approximately $40 and a new payment ID must be issued at 800.728.7367, ext. 204.