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Traditional Application Process

 


 

Fall 2014 Cohort Deadline: MAY 1, 2014

 

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


1.     ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE 

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.

2.     MEET MINIMUM GPA AND PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS 

      Complete all eight 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, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Microbiology classes completed more than seven years prior to admission to the program will not be accepted for credit. Proof of current CNA state licensure or have successfully completed college credit CNA courses within the past two years. 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.   

4.     COMPLETE A LETTER OF INTENT 

Applicants are required to compose a two paged (APA format 6th ed.) paper along with name, banner id, and semester/year of application to the nursing program. The letter should not exceed two pages. Applicants are encouraged to read the letter of intent rubric. The letter must address the following:

1.      Why do you want to be a nurse in the DACC Nursing Program?

2.      What DACC resources are available to you to help with success in the program?

3.      How do you plan on meeting the demands of being a nursing student in the nursing program at DACC?

4.      Reflect on your journey to enter the nursing program. What have you learned?

 5.     COMPLETE APPLICATION PAPERWORK 

Application paperwork can be obtained below. If you have any questions, please contact a nursing advisor. Finger print cards must be obtained in person from DAHL 190. 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 www.prometric.com 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                                                                       

      Dates:

Testing for Version I:        February 3,2014- April 15, 2014

Testing for Version II:       February 3, 2014- April 15, 2014

Cost:

Cost for Version I:             $90 per test administration

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

Scoring:

Minimum Composite Score of 76% from test sections: Math, Reading, Vocabulary, and A & P. Composite score is obtained by averaging the four test scores for these sections ONLY.

Re-testing:

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
            knowledge.

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.

RESULTS

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.