The second difference is that there are no exams to take in the spring. In order to be admitted into the HESI community health practice exam, you need to have at least an associate’s degree. If you already have your degree, then congratulations! You’re one step closer to becoming a licensed nurse! Once you have completed the course, you are required to take a clinical practice test (CPT) and a skills assessment test.
The CPT consists of two sections and both are forty minutes long. One section involves a series of diagnostic questions while the other section consists of multiple-choice questions that are based on the material covered in the class. The actual clinical test will consist of three parts including a written exam, a nursing skills test and an auditory skills test. All three tests must be passed before you can graduate from the class.
The third section is not a part of the regular HESI community health care curriculum and it focuses on leadership and management knowledge. This part will focus on your ability to manage staff and coordinate services in a health care environment. It may require some interaction with actual staff members as well as having opportunities for real-life leadership and management experiences. If you have previous health care work experience or a college degree, you will do better on this section of the exam.
The clinical portion of the exam is divided into four different areas. One area will cover basic patient care and administration including specimen collection, procuring the sample, administering the sample, collecting information, and charting the process. You will need to know how to read a health record paper, chart a blood draw, and take vital signs of the patients. The second area of the exam will cover managing acute surgical procedures and managing intensive care units. The third area covers the administration of electroencephalographs (EEG’s), sutures, and IV administration. The fourth area will cover reimbursement administration including coding and insurance claims processing.
Once you complete the clinical portion of the HESI community health practice test, you will be mailed a written examination and given a score. The clinic will assign you to an area of responsibility. The number of hours that you spend on the assigned area of responsibility will determine your level of responsibility. Clinics are required to have a minimum number of registered nurses to staff their facility.
Once you complete all of the requirements outlined in the evaluation, you will become a certified practice nurse at the HESI community health clinic. There is no additional training required for this certification. Becoming certified means that you have completed an approved nursing degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and you have logged a certain amount of clinical experience related to nursing. Your certification will open doors at various health clinics throughout the community and allow you to work in a doctor’s office, urgent care facility, or any other medical setting in the country.
Becoming certified as a nurse by the HESI community health clinic gives you access to a variety of positions in the country. If you take the exam and pass, you will be registered as a registered nurse in a hospital, doctor’s office, urgent care center, or any other medical setting in the United States. You will also have a list of credits from the community health clinic to take if you decide to take further nursing studies.