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Traditional Application Process



SPRING 2016 Cohort Deadline: DECEMBER 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.

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.

3.     HESI A2 EXAM 

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.

  • 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.

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.

Review Book

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

ISBN-13: 9781455703333

Books can be obtained through the bookstore, online, or at either the DACC Central Campus or East Mesa Campus library.

Additional Information



Testing for Version I:       September 7, 2015 - November 25, 2015

Testing for Version II:      September 7, 2015 - November 25, 2015


Cost for Version I:             $90 per test administration

Re-test (Version II):           An additional cost of $90


Students must obtain a minimum Composite Score of 75% on each of the following sections: Math, Reading, Vocabulary, Chemistry, 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. 

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.


You will see your scores as you take the test, section by section, and you will have access online after the exam at your Evolve Account. The results will include your scores on all sections of the exam you complete as well as a break-down of your performance. RESULTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED AS A PART OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

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.