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Advance Placement Application Process


FALL 2015 Cohort Deadlines

Program Level Evaluation: APRIL 3, 2015

Whole Application: MAY 1, 2015

 Please check HESI testing deadlines below.

As a professional educational program, the Nursing Program is a limited-entry program. To be considered for admission, students are required to successfully complete 1) all prerequisites, 2) the designated entrance exam, and 3) the student selection process. The degree plan credit hours of nursing course work for an Advance Placement Applicant will vary from student to student depending on where the student enters the program. Nursing courses do expire after two years. Space availability is a condition of acceptance. Applicants will need to meet with a nursing program advisor in order to determine which level the student places into and which entrance exam is taken.


Steps to Application


Gain admission to Dona Ana Community College. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. All transcripts need to be on file with the admissions office.


      Complete all seven prerequisite courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Each prerequisite class must have a grade of “C” or better. The grade received on first passing will be used for calculating the admission GPA. Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II classes completed more than seven years prior to admission to the program will not be accepted for credit.  A nursing program academic advisor will need to complete the GPA calculation. Applicants are encouraged to have their GPA calculated PRIOR to registering for the entrance exam.


A program level evaluation is needed to determine placement into the nursing program at DACC. This must be completed by the required deadline. Unofficial copies of all nursing transcripts along with nursing course syllabi will be needed to determine transferability. For an appointment, please see a nursing advisor.

  • Program Level Evaluation

    This sheet needs to be filled out and signed by a nursing advisor and the nursing program director. Nursing coursework older than two years will not transfer unless the applicant has obtained licensure as a PN.


Information can be found below on how to register. A Nursing Advisor is available for any registration questions. Students are encouraged to complete the exam BEFORE completing the remainder of the application requirements. Students are also encouraged to secure a seat at Prometric as soon as possible. Seats will fill up quickly. Please make sure you register for the correct exam as there are multiple entrance exams occurring during a testing period. The DACC Nursing Program is not responsible for testing issues with EVOLVE or Prometric. 


Application paperwork can be obtained below.  If you have any questions, please contact a nursing advisor.  Only complete applications will be accepted. Applicant will need to contact a nursing program advisor for the appropriate ranking sheet.

  • Clinical Documentation Requirements

    Please check this page for Background Forms and Instructions. Immunizations, TB, DUI Screen, CPR, and Drug Screen are due upon program acceptance. Some immunizations require multiple injections. Some students may need to start working on immunizations now. If you need your CPR certification, please plan accordingly.

Review Book

FOR THE HESI A2: Books can be obtained through the bookstore, online, or at either the DACC Central Campus or East Mesa Campus library.

Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam Review by HESI, 3rd Edition Copyright 2012 by Mosby, Inc., an affiliate of Elsevier Inc.

ISBN-13: 9781455703333

REVIEW BOOK FOR PN-ADN MOBILITY EXAM: Currently there isn't a review book for this exam. Students are encouraged to review previous nursing coursework material. Sections Covered on this exam: Nursing Process; Client Needs; Individual Subject Areas (i.e., Community Health, Fundamentals, Maternity, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Medical Surgical, Pathophysiology, Professional Issues, and Psychiatric/Mental Health)


Entrance Testing

DACC Nursing Program school code: 198465

One of the admission requirements for this program is that applicants pass the HESI A² examination. This examination is computer-based and will only be offered at Prometric Testing Centers. A computer based calculator will be available during the exam.  Please visit for locations. Passing the HESI A² exam does not guarantee entrance into the Nursing Program. Registering for the HESI is a multi-step process and can take up to a week to complete. This includes: 1) Set up an EVOLVE account; 2) Request a testing id through EVOLVE; 3) Registering with Prometric for the exam. Applicants can only request a testing identification number during open test dates.

Additional Information



Testing for Version I:        February 9, 2015-April 24, 2015

Testing for Version II:        February 9, 2015-April 24, 2015


Cost for Version I:             $95 per test administration

Re-test (Version II):           An additional cost of $95


Students must obtain a minimum Composite Score of 75% on each of the following sections: Math, Reading, Vocabulary, and A & P. Students need to take the critcial thinking section of the exam, but it is not included in the composite score.


Students can retake the exam ONLY if they score under the Composite Score of 76% on the Version I exam. If a student fails the test on the second attempt, he/she must wait one semester in order to retest.

Test Versions:

HESI A² (Admissions Assessment) with Critical Thinking, Version I for the first exam (A2 V-1 w/CT)

HESI A² (Admissions Assessment) with Critical Thinking, Version II for the retake exam (A2 V-2 w/CT)

Test Sections:

When you take the test, you are required to know which sections you need to take, as the test center personnel will not know. There are many available sections of the exam but you only need the following seven sections for the ADN program. You will have four hours to complete the exam.

Math: 50-item exam; focuses on math needed for calculation of drugs and solutions

Reading Comprehension: 47-item exam; reading scenarios that are health related

Vocabulary and General Knowledge: 50-item exam; contains basic vocabulary that is often used in health care fields

Anatomy and Physiology: 30-item exam; contains basic questions related to the body.

Critical Thinking: Focuses on the comprehension, analysis, and application of

Learning Style: Identifies individual learning styles and prints test-taking and study tips best suited for the individual’s learning style and relates these recommendations to nursing criteria.

Personality Style: Uses concepts related to introversion and extroversion to classify the student’s personality style. Explanations are sent via email to let the student know how to use his/her personality style to be successful in a nursing education program.




February 9, 2015-April 24, 2015


Approximately $95.00


Minimum Average Score of 650 from all test sections:


There is not a retest for the PN to ADN mobility. If an applicant does not meet the minimum testing score, the student would have to wait until the next application period to test again.

Test Sections:

All sections of the exam must be completed in order to obtain an average score.



Please check with a DACC Nursing Advisor or contact the Nursing Office at 575-527-7735 for specific admission questions. The Nursing Program Director and the Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee reserve the right to alter processes and practices pertaining to admission to the DACC Nursing Program.