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Pre-Licensure Nursing Applicants





NOTICE:  The  HESI A2 Entrance Exam deadline test date for spring 2021 admission is extended to Saturday, October 3, 2020 by 12:00 a.m. (midnight). 


Attention 2020 Pre-Licensure Nursing Applicants

Students seeking admission to the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program at Norfolk State University are required to complete the Health and Environmental Science Institute (HESI) Admission Assessment Exam (A2).  

The HESI A2 Entrance is a computer-based test that contains 7 sections: This exam is designed to assess the academic and personal readiness of prospective students for higher education. Although it is applicable for basic skills for all potential students, the HESI A2 is particularly well suited for prospective students in the health science fields. The examination consists of nine different tests: seven that focus on academic subject areas and two that focus on personal assessment. These academically oriented subjects include Basic Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Grammar, Chemistry, Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology.  A composite score is provided for the total number of academic exams that are administered.  

  • A cumulative score is provided for each subject which must be at least 75% or greater as well as each outlined specified sub-category to which must be at the 70th percentile or greater. No rounding of the any scores. 
  • Potential applicants must achieve a 70 % or greater composite score in the following specified sub-categories: (Reading/Comprehension; Vocabulary/Grammar; Anatomy & Physiology and Math) and a 75% or greater cumulative score in each subject category (i.e., English, & Science) as well as a 75% cumulative overall score.   
  • Students will be allowed to take the HESI A2 twice during an academic year at NSU (September – April).
  • To be considered for the Traditional BSN Program, applicants must take and pass the HESI A2 Exam by the specified listed date (no exceptions). You must complete the entire exam.
  • Applicants must take the exam at NSU only; we will not accept scores from any other academic institution. 
  • In addition to the HESI A2 score, other criteria such as cumulative GPA of at least 2.80 and previous academic performance will be used to help the Admissions Committee evaluate each applicant’s ability to successfully complete the nursing program and subsequent licensing examination.
  • Additional information including registration & fees may be obtained from the University Testing Center.


NOTICE:  The  HESI A2 Entrance Exam deadline test date for spring 2021 admission is extended to Saturday, October 3, 2020 by 12:00 a.m. (midnight). 


  • To prepare for the HESI A2 Exam, an official study publication entitled “HESI Admissions Assessment Exam Review, 4th Ed.” is available for purchase through the publisher Elsevier, at any Barnes & Nobles Bookstore, or
  • Additional information on the HESI A2 can be found on the Elsevier website at  
    •  Please prepare adequately and utilize resources listed above. 
    • The Nursing Department does not offer tutoring session prior or after any exam dates.
  • Exam scores are valid for 3 years.

Test Registration

  • Contact Dr. Gladys Bennett, Director of NSU Testing Center at for question regarding test dates and times.
  • To register for the HESI A2 Exam, please send an e-mail to, in order to receive registration and payment instructions.  Registration is completed on a first-come, first-served basis, the fee for the exam is $70.00.  
  • The HESI A2 Entrance Exam is given on the NSU campus and students must register prior to exam date.
  • To register, students should go to to create an account. Students will be provided account information along with a test date/time confirmation. Students must bring this information to the exam site on the assigned date/time as indicated during registration. 
  • Students must arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the exam. Anyone arriving later than 15 minutes before the start of testing will NOT be permitted to take the exam.   Students who are late or are not present to take the exam as scheduled will need to contact Evolve to reschedule.    
  • Students will be required to show a valid photo ID and sign in prior to taking the test. Last name must be the same as one photo ID, please indicate if name is different from enrollment last name.
  • In order to gain campus access, please visit our campus security office for a parking pass.

Testing Sites

All exams will take place in Wilson Hall, “Testing Center”,  Room 133

Friday, September 11, 2020 promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Friday, February 5, 2021 promptly at 8:00 am &

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Monday, September 21, 2020 promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 25, 2021 promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Friday, October 2, 2020 promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Friday, April 2, 2021 promptly at 11:30 a.m.


TEST DEADLINE Name of Cohort

Testing Deadline

Traditional Track BSN October 5th applicants (2020)

No Later Than  October 2, 2020 for Spring 2021

Traditional Track BSN March 1st applicants (2021)

No Later Than  February 25, 2021 for Fall 2021


  • Dates are subject to change due to space availability. In case of an emergency please contact the Testing Center at 757-823-2504 or the email address below for questions. 
  •  All exams will begin promptly at the scheduled time.  Should you arrive late or miss your exam date, you are responsible for rescheduling another appointment. If you find that you need to retake the HESI A2 Entrance Exam, please contact the university Testing Center for assistance  
  • Keep in mind that applicants may only take the exam twice in an academic year.  The academic year begins August 2020 thru May 2021, however, HESI Testing will take place between September - April.  Exam scores are valid for 3 years.  An applicant may retake the exam once within the academic year time frame to improve performance. 
  • Information regarding test score assessment should be discussed with your advisor prior to or after test dates, please do not contact the Nursing Department for test results on the day of the exam. The Admissions Committee has to meet after each exam to go over the test scores and will not be able to discuss your scores on the day of the exam. You will receive an email if you receive a passing score on the exam. 


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