Entrance Requirements
Veterinary Technician

  1. All students applying for admission into the Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Assistant programs will be required to take the HESI entrance exam. Students must pass the test with minimum cut scores prior to being fully accepted into the program. Students will be able to make two attempts at this exam.
  2. It is suggested that students prepare for this exam in advance. HESI study materials can be found at:
  3. The HESI entrance exam needs to be taken at the Test Center, 2055 Cedar Hall, which is located on the main campus. Students must schedule a time, in advance, to take the exam by calling 319-398-5456. The cost of the exam is $38 and it is preferred that students pay by check when they arrive to take the exam. Checks should be made out to Kirkwood Community College. Students should allow four hours to complete the entire exam.
  4. Students will receive their test results immediately after they finish. We recommend that students stop by Washington Hall, room 1 or room 22, to discuss their scores with a department coordinator. They can also contact the Ag Department by calling 319-398-7635.
  5. Students must also attend a program conference. This is a meeting with the faculty to outline details and expectations of your specific program. You can register for a program conference online at www.kirkwood.edu/agpc
  6. If you have any further questions about these entrance requirements, please contact Cydney Lovell in the Agricultural Sciences Department at 319-398-7635.

The needed exam scores for both programs are listed below.
Veterinary Technician     Veterinary Assistant  
English 77 Composite   English 60 Composite
Grammar 75   Grammar 40
Reading 75   Reading 70
Vocabulary 75   Vocabulary 70
Biology 75   Math 69
Chemistry 73   Biology 55
Math 80