South Central College requires a computerized admission test to be completed and used for student rating in the Professional (RN) and Practical Nursing (PN) application process. The exams chosen are the HESI A2 Entrance Exam, two separate tests, each catered to the RN or PN student. It is an assessment tool used to evaluate prospective practical nursing students and their potential for successful program completion. The HESI A2 exam may be taken once during each admission period.

Entrance Exam Information

RN HESI A2 Entrance Exam: Starting with January 2015 application

PN HESI A2 Entrance Exam

Testing at South Central College: Entrance Exams are by appointment only.

Study Guide
The HESI Entrance Assessment Exam Review book third edition by HESI is available in both the Faribault and North Mankato bookstores. Please inquire at 507 389 7221 (NM) or 507 332 5812 (FB). This is a recommended study guide not a required book. You may purchase this book from your choice of sellers. ISBN: 978-1-4557-0333-3.

Registration for Entrance Exam

RN & PN January 2015 Application - Last Exam for this Application Cycle

North Mankato

Friday, January 23, 2015     9:00am - 2:00pm     C-155

To register for this exam please contact Heather Milton, 507 389-7321 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Online registration is not available for this exam.  If using e-mail or leaving a voice mail please indicate if this is your first or second attempt and whether you will be taking the RN or PN exam.  Those taking the first attempt please know there will not be a retake opportunity before the application period ends January 30th, 2015. 

Future exams will begin in April for the June application cycle for admission to Spring 2016 Nursing programs.
Testing will be in April, May and June.  Dates and a registration link will be posted by the end of March.

Trouble Registering Online for HESI Entrance Exam 
Some students have reported error messages when attempting to register.  Please make sure you are using Internet Explorer or Firefox as your browser.  Registration is also hindered by use of mobile devices such as iPad, phones and tablets.  If you have trouble registering please call Heather Milton, 507 389-7231 for assitance.

Exam Policies and Procedures

*Passing the HESI Entrance Exam does not guarantee admission to either the RN or PN Program at SCC. It gives permission to the successful student to apply to the program of their choice.

SCC Testing Locations:

North Mankato Campus: 1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato, MN 56002
Faribault Campus: 1225 Third Street SW, Faribault, MN 55021

Test Fees:

Retest Policy Note
PN test score: A score of less than 70% in composite score would indicate a need to retest.
RN test score: A score of less than 75% in composite score would indicate a need to retest.

Students may retest only once and only for a failure.
Retest dates will be made at a later date.

All questions regarding the admission policy, admission deadlines, test administration, or retesting should be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This email address will start responding to student inquiries May 1, 2014

Disability notice
Students with a qualifying disability may make arrangements to take the Nursing HESI A2 Entrance Exam by contacting the Academic Support Center at 507 389 7453.