Nursing Entrance Exam for RN and LPN Programs

Nursing Entrance Exam


Students seeking admissions to Trocaire’s Registered Nurse (RN) or Practical Nurse (PN) programs are required to complete the HESI Admissions Assessment Exam (A2) as part of the admissions criteria. Before signing up to take the exam, students should complete an admission application to Trocaire and meet with an admissions counselor to discuss eligibility and admissions criteria for the program of interest. The Health Education Services Inc. (HESI), Admission Assessment Exam (A2), measures competencies and academic readiness into the RN and PN nursing programs. Students are reviewed for nursing admission holistically. A combination of grade point average, A2 scores, experience, and personal attributes are all considered for each candidate.

Topics Covered

For the RN program students are tested on the following categories: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Basic Math Skills, and Anatomy and Physiology.

For the PN program, students are tested on the following categories: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Basic Math Skills, and Biology.


The HESI Admissions Assessment Exam (A2) is offered online only and proctored online through Proctor U. This enables students to pick the best time to take the exam in a comfortable setting without the need to come to campus. The exam is approximately 3 hours in length and must be done in one occurrence. Students cannot begin the exam and come back to finish at a later time. Students are able to register to take the exam by following the simple instructions available in the following flyers: PN Trocaire HESI A2 or RN Trocaire HESI A2.


The cost of the first attempt of the HESI A2 and proctoring by Proctor U is covered by Trocaire College. Applicants who do not meet score requirements will be notified and offered the opportunity to take the test again at their own expense. An free online tutoring remediation is available through HESI to those who take the exam and do not achieve the needed scores to assist with preparation for the second attempt. Only two testing attempts through Trocaire College will be allowed in a 6 month period.

Study Resources

Preparation is an integral part of achieving success on the HESI A2 entrance exam. It is of utmost importance students have a solid understanding of the topics covered on the exam. Study guides in the form of a HESI A2 practice booklet are available for purchase at Trocaire’s Bookstore offered through Barnes and Noble. Students should plan to prepare for the exam by reading practices questions and understanding the topics that will be covered. Additional study guides for the HESI A2 can be found online.