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HESI Exam Information

The entrance examination for the Motlow Nursing Program is the Admission Assessment by Health Education Systems (HESI). Motlow's Nursing Program requires the following areas to be tested:
  • Math
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge
  • Grammar
  • Anatomy and Physiology

These five areas are used to calculate the score considered for entrance into the nursing program. Students must also complete the Learning Style/Personality Profile assessment.

Effective August 1, 2014, to be eligible for the nursing program, you must make a minimum of 80% on the Admission Assessment. Your score will be available to view at the end of the exam. Please KEEP a copy of your scores for your personal records. Test scores are valid for 5 years.

Registering for the HESI Entrance Exam

If you have never taken the HESI Entrance exam or want to retake it, register to take the HESI Entrance Exam at Motlow College on the Moore County, Smyrna, or McMinnville Campuses in the fall or spring.

Click here to view the HESI exam dates.

Steps for HESI Entrance Exam Registration:
  1. Log-in to MyMotlow
  2. Click Student
  3. Click Testing/Proctoring Services
  4. Click HESI Entrance Exam and complete the registration form
  5. Pay the $50.00 HESI Entrance Exam registration fee.
  6. Receive a payment confirmation email. You are not officially registered for the exam until you submit payment and receive payment confirmation email.
    • You must complete the online registration form and submit payment for the exam before the registration and payment deadline. You are allowed 10 days after you complete the online registration form to submit payment, however, if your registration for a fall or spring exam is dated 9 days or less from the fall or spring registration and payment deadline, you will not have the full 10 day grace period to make your payment. Payments for registration will be subject to the respective deadline. If you do not submit payment within 10 days or by the payment deadline for your exam, your registration will be purged and you must resubmit a new online registration form.
    • The registration fee for the HESI entrance exam may be paid by cash, money order, or cashier's check made payable to Motlow State Community College, this can be paid at any Motlow campus. To pay by credit or debit card, please contact the Testing Center at 931-393-1763.
Note: Students who take the HESI Entrance Exam at Motlow during the current academic year will have their entrance exam results automatically sent to the Nursing Department.

Use of a Prior HESI Entrance Exam

The nursing program does not access prior HESI entrance exam summary reports.

To use a prior HESI entrance exam taken at another institution:

  • The entrance exam has to have been taken within the past five years.
  • The entrance exam has to contain the components required by Motlow.

The student is to submit a copy of the entrance exam's summary report to the nursing department via the nursingeducation@mscc.edu email account by the application deadline. You will receive an email confirming that the HESI entrance exam summary report was received.

To use a prior HESI entrance exam taken at Motlow College:

  • The entrance exam has to have been taken within the past five years.
  • If needed, a copy of the HESI entrance exam summary report can be obtained through the MSCC Testing Center.

The student is to submit a copy of the entrance exam's summary report to the nursing department via the nursingeducation@mscc.edu email account by the application deadline. You will receive an email confirming that the HESI entrance exam summary report was received.

Study Guide for HESI Entrance Exam

Health Education Systems publishes a guide to help you prepare for the exam. You may purchase the HESI Admission Assessment Study Guide in the Motlow College bookstore, located in Forrester Center, or you may order the same study guide online:
  1. Access the internet
  2. Go to www.us.elsevierhealth.com
  3. Quick Search for HESI "Admission Assessment"
  4. Price is $43.95 plus shipping and handling (Price may change)

Day of the HESI Entrance Exam at Motlow's Testing Center

You must have a photo ID to be able to take the examination. Students are required to bring with them a copy of the confirmation email for the HESI Entrance Exam. Food and drinks are not allowed at the computers.

Cancellation or Rescheduling of the HESI Entrance Exam

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot change your test date after you are registered for the test. The testing fee is non-refundable.

During inclement weather when tests are cancelled or delayed, examinees should use their discretion when snow and icing conditions prohibit safe travel. Because weather conditions may vary in the 11-county service area, test-takers are asked to limit their phone calls to the campus. Officials recommend that test- takers listen to radio and television stations in the immediate communities for information or visit Motlow's Home Page.