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Pre-Licensure Nursing Applicants

Attention 2023 Pre-Licensure Nursing Applicants

Nursing Program Admission Application - pdf

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. New testing guidelines below effective January 2022.

  • 75% or greater in all subject areas plus a cumulative score of 75% or greater.
  • Students will be allowed to take the HESI A2 twice during an academic year at NSU (September – February).
  • 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 3.00 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.

Preparing for the Test

  • 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 The Nursing Department does not offer tutoring for the HESI Exam.
  • Additional information on the HESI A2 can be found on the Elsevier website at  
  • Students may only attempt the exam twice per academic year. 
    •  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.


  • Visit the Testing Services website at
  • or contact Testing Services at to request instructions for registering and taking the HESI A2 exam. Do not contact the Nursing Department regarding testing or test registration. 

  • The fee for the exam is $70.00.  The HESI A2 Entrance Exam is administered through ProctorU, and students must register prior to exam date.
  • To register for the HESI A2 Exam, examinees must complete the following steps:
  • The fee for the exam is $70.00.  The HESI A2 Entrance Exam is administered through ProctorU, and students must register prior to exam date.
  • To register for the HESI A2 Exam, examinees must complete the following steps:
  • 1. Create an Elsevier/Evolve account at
  • 2. Create a ProctorU account at
  • 3. In case of problems with registration or while testing, please call the ProctorU Support line at 1-855-772-8678.  You may also email or start a live chat.
  • Examinees must be an admitted Norfolk State student to register for and take the exam at NSU.
  • Students will be required to show a valid photo ID and sign in prior to taking the online test. Last name must be the same as on photo ID, please indicate if name ID is different from enrollment last name.


All exams will take place online at Proctor U

Friday, September 9, 2022, promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Friday, January 27, 2023, promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Monday, September 9, 2022, promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023, promptly at 8:00 am &

Monday, February 6, 2023, promptly at 11:30 a.m.


Thursday, February 16, 2023, promptly at 8:00 a.m.

TEST DEADLINE Name of Cohort Testing Deadline

Traditional Track BSN October 5th applicants (2022).

No Later Than September 29, 2022, for Spring 2023.

Traditional Track BSN March 1st applicants (2023).

No Later Than February 20, 2023, for Fall 2023.


Program GPA criteria and test requirements will change effective January 2022.  Please check nursing website or visit your advisor/departments for updates and program curriculum. Also, dates are subject to change due to online space availability. 

  • All exams will begin promptly at the scheduled time.  Should you arrive late to your online session 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 follow the instructions provided for scheduling ProctorU exams.  
  • Keep in mind that applicants may only take the exam twice in an academic year. The academic year begins August 2021 thru May 2022; however, HESI testing will take place between September - February.  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 must 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.