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HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam

FACT SHEET: HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam for Admission to LPN TO RN Completion Program

(Effective Oct. 10, 2014)


The HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam is a 75-item comprehensive exam designed to be used as an exam for currently Licensed Practical/Vocational nurses seeking entrance into an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program.

The exam identifies their strengths and weaknesses in PN/VN content areas, and the possible need for remediation prior to entrance into an ADN program.

Test items are normed on LPN/VNs currently in clinical practice

Measures competencies across PN/VN content areas, including:

  • Fundamentals
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Maternity
  • Professional Issues
  • Medical-Surgical
  • Psychiatric/Mental Illness

The test will take approximately 2 hours to complete, but it is not a timed test.

A drop down calculator is provided within the exam.

There is no designated study guide for this exam. Any NCLEX-PN study guide is appropriate.

A score of 850 will be required to be eligible to apply to the LPN to RN Completion Program.

If you do not achieve a score of 850 on the test, you may retake the test once within the next 12 months. A minimum of two weeks between exams is required.

Students are limited to two attempts within a 12-month period and the results are good for one year from the date the original test was taken.

You may transfer in eligible scores as long as they meet above criteria.

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Last Updated: 5/30/17