HESI Testing Accommodations

Please note that the HESI is a state assessment; therefore, the DSS office does not have the authority to modify any test sections of the HESI assessment or modify any grading aspects of the HESI. The student is responsible for providing necessary documentation as requested by the college. Submitted documentation will be reviewed to determine the appropriate accommodation(s), according to college’s policies and federal/state disability laws.
All HESI testing accommodation requests and required documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis upon receipt at the Disability Support Services (DSS) office. In some cases, the submitted documentation may not be sufficient to make a determination regarding the requested accommodation(s) or may not support the requested accommodation(s). Additional information or test results may be needed. All HESI testing accommodation requests must be made at least 4 weeks prior to anticipated HESI test date to allow DSS adequate time to review the request and arrange appropriate accommodations if approved. A new request form must be submitted every time an accommodation is being requested for the HESI. If the accommodation being requested is different from previous accommodation requests, additional documentation to substantiate the need for this different accommodation will be required.   
 To request HESI testing accommodations, the student must complete and submit this REQUEST FOR HESI TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS form. Student MUST specifically state which HESI test the student is requesting accommodations for (i.e. HESI for nursing, HESI for paramedics, etc.) or the form will NOT be accepted. Students are also responsible for submitting required documentation to the DSS office. Required documentation must contain all of the following information or the documentation will NOT be accepted by DSS:
  • A signed statement on an official letterhead by a qualified professional whose license/credentials are appropriate to diagnose the disability.
  • A diagnosis of the disability or disabilities for which testing accommodations are being requested and summary of tests (and test results) that were used to determine the diagnosis.
  • Recommended test accommodations determined by the evaluating professional that are specifically related to the disability and are reasonable within the context of the HESI and rationale for the test accommodation.
Documentation that is missing any of the information listed above will be not be accepted and the student will be notified that additional documentation/information will be needed before the student’s request will be processed. If you have a state certificate of blindness and/or deafness, this is the only medical documentation that you will need to submit and will not be required to submit any further medical documentation. If the student already has medical documentation on file with the DSS office, please note this on your Request for HESI Accommodations Form (medical documentation on file with DSS will be reviewed for appropriateness for HESI accommodations - if medical documentation on file is insufficient, student will be required to submit additional documentation as stated above).  
Once the student has submitted the request form and required medical documentation, the student will receive information regarding the approval and/or denial of testing accommodations in writing to the email address the student provides on the request form. Please note that submitting a request for testing accommodations and providing documentation of a disability does not guarantee that the request/accommodation(s) will be approved as some accommodations cannot be provided based on the purpose of the HESI test.