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

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

Declaration 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 declare 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 declare, 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 declare 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 declare.

Ready to Declare?

The declaration process happens each spring and fall.

Declaration Form Submission

Next declaration opportunity: Monday, April 15, 2024 – Sunday, April 28, 2024 for a fall 2024 start.

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 declaration form when it is available.

Next HESI A2 Exam group testing available: Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2024 at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 4:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 8:00 a.m.

Flexible HESI Testing

You can take the HESI A2 exam at a time that works best for you. After we review your declaration form and ensure that you meet declaration 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 declaration requirements. Students will be emailed their admission status and 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.