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. Once a student applies for the program, they will receive an exam voucher in the mail along with a program letter.
  2. The HESI exam must be taken at the Test Center in 2055 Cedar Hall. The hours for the Test Center can be found at www.kirkwood.edu/testcenter. Students must schedule a time, in advance, to take the exam by calling 319-398-5456. All students should have their first attempt at the exam completed by the first part of February.
  3. On the day of the scheduled exam, students will take the voucher to the Kirkwood Community College Main Campus Bookstore and purchase the exam access. The cost of the exam is $38. Cash and debit/credit card payments are accepted.
  4. Once the payment is made, the student will take voucher and original payment receipt to the Test Center to take the scheduled exam. The voucher and receipt must be presented in order to take the exam. The exam can take up to four hours to complete. Student must pass with minimum cut scores prior to being fully accepted into the program. Students are able to make two attempts at the exam. The needed exam scores for both the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician program are listed below.
  5. Once the student has completed the exam, they will need to take a copy of their test results to Washington Hall and meet with Cydney Lovell or Holly Feldmann to discuss the next steps.
  6. It is suggested that students prepare for this exam in advance. The Kirkwood main campus library has copies of the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review workbook. The review workbook is also available to order on Amazon (ISBN: 978-0-323-35378-6). HESI study materials can be found at:
  7. Students must also register for a program conference. This is a meeting with faculty to outline details and expectations of the specific program. The link to register is www.kirkwood.edu/agpc.

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