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HESI Testing Policy

  • Program applicants will be required to take and pass the HESI entrance examination in addition to passing the standardized entrance exam.
  • Program applicants must receive a passing score on the HESI exam (scores will be rounded to the nearest whole number).
  • Program applicants may use HESI exam scores from another college/institution. HESI exam scores must be within two (2) years of the enrollment date. HESI exam scores transferred from West Coast University must be within five (5) years of the enrollment date.
  • Applicants who do not achieve a passing score on the HESI exam must wait a minimum of 7 calendar days before retaking the exam. 
  • If the applicant does not achieve a passing score on the second attempt on the HESI exam, he/she must wait 30 days from the date of the last attempt to take the HESI a third time, and would be applying for admission to the next cohort.
  • Upon reapplying to the program, the applicant will be allowed two additional attempts on the HESI exam to achieve a passing score.
  • Applicants applying to the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, Respiratory Therapy (RT) program, or Radiography (RAD) program that are retaking the exam will only be required to retake the section/(s) they scored less than 70%. The retake must be taken within 60 days of the previous attempt. If the retake is not attempted within 60 days of the previous attempt, the applicant will be required to retake all sections of the HESI exam. 
  • Applicants applying for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program that are retaking the exam will be required to retake all sections of the HESI exam.
  • Applicants will be ranked according to their HESI test score. If identical scores exist among the applicants in the pool, ranking will be determined by enrollment date.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status within 30 days of the applicant pool being closed or within 45 days of the class start date, whichever is sooner.
  • Applicants who are not accepted for the current class can elect to be placed in the applicant pool for up to the next two class starts, ranked according to their initial combined test score.
  • If an applicant is not accepted within three successive applicant pools for three consecutive class starts, the application will be denied.
  • Students enrolled as an Alternate are not eligible for Title IV, HEA program funds unless and until they are admitted as regular students after the trial period as an alternate. Upon admission as a regular student, Title IV, HEA program fund eligibility will be retroactive back to the beginning of the payment or loan period, as applicable.

HESI Testing Policy- Conditional Acceptance for RT Program

  • Program applicants who achieve a score between 65%-69.5% will be conditionally admitted to the RT program. 
  • Program applicants who are conditionally admitted to the RT program must complete and pass all courses in the first quarter of the RT program. 
  • If all courses are successfully completed with a passing grade and attendance, the student will be fully accepted to the RT program without conditions. 
  • Students who do not successfully complete and pass all course work in the first quarter of the program will be dismissed from the RT program and ineligible to return to the RT program. 


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