Applicants seeking admission into the nursing program at Tusculum University are required to submit scores for the HESI Admission Assessment Examination.


High school seniors will submit ACT or SAT scores in lieu of the Admission Assessment Exam, but will take the Admission Assessment Exam during their freshman year. The Admission Assessment exam is a proctored exam administered on a computer.  The Admission Assessment exam is administered at Tusculum University , as well as other colleges and over 350 Prometric Testing Centers across the United States.

Students applying to Tusculum University’s nursing program should register and take the following sections of the Admission Assessment exam: math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, anatomy & physiology, learning styles and critical thinking abilities.

Scores submitted to the Nursing Program must be within two years of the anticipated admission date.

Testing dates are scheduled on an as needed basis. To schedule a testing appointment to take the Admission Assessment Exam at Tusculum University :

  1. Pay the testing fee at the University’s Business Office.
  2. Bring your receipt to the Nursing Program office to schedule a testing appointment.  The Nursing office is located in the Meen Center, room 209K.  Office hours on most days is 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please note the office may be closed during the lunch hour.


On the day of your scheduled examination, report to the designated location at least 15 minutes before the start of the examination.  You will be required to show your government issued identification (driver’s license or photo ID card) and your receipt of payment.   The examination will start on time.  Applicants will not be admitted into the exam if they arrive late and/or do not have appropriate government issued identification.  The Admission Assessment Exam consists of several parts.  Applicants will have to complete each part within the allotted time period.

For more information regarding the Admission Assessment Exam, contact the nursing program at or call 423-636-7430.


For more information regarding the A2 exam, contact the nursing program at or call 423-636-7430.