The Nursing program uses a competitive admissions process. The petition process is how you gain acceptance into the core classes for this health program.

Petitioning happens only during specific times during the year, but applications are accepted for programs with petition requirements at any time. When you are ready to get started in program specific courses and have met petition eligibility requirements, you will submit a petition and follow the process for your program to determine admittance to program classes.

Petition Prerequisites

There are two ways that students can potentially gain entry into core nursing classes. Consider the option that fits your needs and reach out to us with any questions that you may have, so we can help you prepare for success.

Option 1: Two Courses, HESI Exam Required

This option will be ideal for most students, and students likely will be able to petition for a spot in program sooner following this route.

To be eligible for this option, you must:

  • Be enrolled in or have completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or better (please note that while completion of these courses is not required in order to petition, program acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of these courses with a grade of “C” or better):
  • Submit official high school transcript with graduation date listed

Next Steps

After these prerequisites have been completed, students are eligible to complete the petition form and schedule a time to take the HESI A2 exam (a minimum of 75 percent is required to be considered for program acceptance).

Option 2: Five Courses, College GPA of 2.5+, HESI Exam Not Required

This option may be ideal for those students who have previously completed several science courses through the attainment of a bachelor degree.

To be eligible for this option, you must:

Next Steps

After these prerequisites have been completed, students are eligible to complete the petition form.

Ready to Petition?

The petition process happens each spring and fall. To begin the process you will need to complete the online form. The online form will only be available on this page during the times listed below.

Petition Form Submission

Next petition form available: TBD

HESI Exam Scheduling (Only Required for Option 1)

Group HESI Testing

If you prefer to take the HESI A2 Exam during scheduled large group times, please indicate your test date preference on the petition form when it is available.

Next HESI A2 Exam group testing available: Friday, November 17, 2023.

Flexible HESI Testing

You can take the HESI A2 exam at a time that works best for you. After we review your petition form and ensure that you meet petition requirements, we will send you a registration link to schedule you exam through the Testing Center.

HESI Accommodations

If you anticipate needing accommodations to take the HESI A2 exam, please begin the process of requesting accommodations immediately.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your form submission and make sure you meet all of the petition requirements. Then we will send you a letter outlining your next steps.


If you have any questions or we can help in any way, please contact You may also schedule an appointment with your advisor via Starfish or by calling the Advisor Appointment line at 715.803.1797.