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NURSING: HESI Exam rumors shut down

NURSING: HESI Exam rumors shut down

By Delilah Ramos
Bridge Contributing Writer

Published Wednesday, March 2, 2022
(Originally published in the February print edition, 2022)

Rumors began circulating in Fall 2021 about the raising of the HESI A2 minimum passing grade for the TAMIU nursing program. But rumors are all they were, said the program’s dean.

The TAMIU College of Nursing and Health Sciences requires an exam to be taken, known as the HESI A2, in order to be considered for the nursing program.

These rumors went around that the minimum passing grade for this exam would be higher than the current one, which is at 75%.

Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Marivic Torregosa said “Policies do not change from one day to the next.” As of now, the minimum grade for the HESI exam will stay the same till further notice.

Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Marivic Torregosa
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Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Marivic Torregosa poses for a photo on Feb. 8 at TAMIU in connection with the shutdown rumor.

Torregosa explained how these changes take time and if there were to be a change, it would be published in the handbook. This handbook can be found on the CNHS section of the tamiu.edu website, and it contains the college’s policies.

Pre-nursing major Maryjanne Martinez expressed her relief by stating, “I am truly relieved the minimum scores are not getting raised since it is already difficult to even be considered for the nursing program.”

Many pre-nursing students showed relief knowing the scores will not be raised; however, it is encouraged to score the highest possible to have a greater chance of being considered for the program.

“When I heard about the rumor, I started to get even more nervous for the exam,” Pre-nursing major Leslie Manriquez said. “So, I am very happy to know that it was all just talk.”

Torregosa strongly advises anyone with questions about the program or the HESI A2 exam, to refer to their advisers.

For future reference, additional information about CNHS can also be found on the college’s web page.

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