Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the courses?

Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, EKG (ECG) are each 16 week courses

The Nursing Assistant Program consists of (104 + 104L +105).  You will take 104+104L (Lecture and Lab) the lab allows you to practice the skills you are learning on mannequins and other students.  These two courses are the first 8 weeks of the semester.  For the Second eight weeks you will complete NA 105 (Clinical) at local nursing homes.

Patient Care Technician (PCT) is a 16 week course which is preceded by phlebotomy, CNA and EKG.

Medical Assistant (MA) is a two year, associate degree plan.

What are the Requirements?

FOR NURSING ASSISTANT COURSES

It is recommended that students complete ENGL 111, Medical Terminology AHS 120, and a basic college level Anatomy and Physiology course such as BIOL 154 or BIOL 225 & BIOL 226 before registering.

Once you have completed these prerequisites, you will need to gain clinical clearance. For instructions on clinical clearance, please visit our Clinical Clearance Documentation Requirements page.

 

FOR PHLEBOTOMY COURSES

It is recommended that students complete ENGL 111, Medical Terminology AHS 120.  A basic college level Anatomy and Physiology course such as BIOL 154 or BIOL 225 & BIOL 226 are required as either a co-requisite or pre-requisite for the phlebotomy course.

Once you have completed these prerequisites, you will need to gain clinical clearance. For instructions on clinical clearance, please visit our Clinical Clearance Documentation Requirements page.

 

FOR THE ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY TECHNICIAN COURSES

It is recommended that students complete ENGL 111, Medical Terminology AHS 120, and a basic college level Anatomy and Physiology course such as BIOL 154 or BIOL 225 & BIOL 226 before registering.  The Anatomy and Physiology course is required as pre-requisite for the Electrocardiography NA 110 course.

Once you have completed these prerequisites, you will need to gain clinical clearance. For instructions on clinical clearance, please visit our Clinical Clearance Documentation Requirements page.

 

FOR PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN COURSES

It is recommended that students complete ENGL 111 and Medical Terminology AHS 120 prior to registering for the PCT course(s). Required prerequisites include a basic college level Anatomy and Physiology course such as BIOL 154 or BIOL 225 & BIOL 226 as well CNA, phlebotomy and EKG.

Once you have completed these prerequisites, you will need to gain clinical clearance. For instructions on clinical clearance, please visit our Clinical Clearance Documentation Requirements page.

 

FOR THE MEDICAL ASSISTANT DEGREE PROGRAM

Prerequisites for this course include BIOL 154 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology OR BIO 225 & 226 as well as CNA, PCT and EKG. However, it is recommended that you complete ENGL 111 and AHS 120 Medical Terminology in addition to these prerequisites.

Once you have completed these prerequisites, you will need to gain clinical clearance. For instructions on clinical clearance, please visit our Clinical Clearance Documentation Requirements page.

 

Where can I get the Clinical Clearance Packet?

Option 1 – Stop by the Health & Public Services Building Room 190 and ask for the Allied Healthcare Packet.

Option 2 – You can download the Clinical Packet here

 

What is the cost of the program?

The total cost out of pocket will vary depending on what the individual student needs to complete the packet.  Some students may already have all the required immunizations and some students may need to obtain boosters or titers if shot records cannot be located.  Most insurance companies cover the costs of immunizations.

Nursing Assistant course NA 104 has a course fee of $150.00*

Drug screens can cost anywhere from $30-$50.00*.

Criminal background check through the CCHSP (required) $73.30*. Students that are convicted of certain felonies prior to or during courses cannot continue to clinical sites and will be dropped from the course.

Uniforms: approximately $40.00**

Shoes: approximately $20-40.00**

For information concerning the total cost, financing, time to completion, and job placement rates associated with this program, visit the following web pages:

Tuition rates for DACC are listed at: http://uar.nmsu.edu/tuition-rates/

*This is an estimated cost and is subject to change without notice. Please see Program Advising for more information.

**Individual costs may vary due to vendor discretion and/or individual needs.

 

Where can I find my shot records?

Check first for your immunization (shot) records with

  • Your parent
  • Your high school nurses’ office
  • The county health department for the county in which you grew up
  • Your family physician

Immunization Records – State of New Mexico

Call: 800.280.1618
Web: New Mexico Statewide Immunization Information System
Email: DOH-HelpDesk-Main@state.nm.us

 

Where can I get the shots I need?

If you cannot find your records, or they are incomplete, your family physician may be able to provide you with the required injections (shots) or titers (blood levels).  Some insurance companies cover the costs of immunizations.

Here are just a few ideas where you can go. DACC makes no recommendations.

In Las Cruces:

  • NMSU Student Health Center – Corner of Stewart & Breland – Phone: 575-646-1512 Payment is due at time of services.  Call to schedule an appointment.   Take a copy of the program requirements and your shot records to the appointment.
  • Walgreen’s Check to see which Walgreen’s carries the immunization you need and schedule an appointment on line at: https://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/immunization/immunization_index.jsp
  • Ben Archer (575) 382-9292, 1600 Thorpe Rd, Dona Ana or (575) 541-5941, 1998 Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, north of the Field of Dreams parking lot.
  • North Main Family Health Center (575) 525-3531 2611 N Main St
  • La Clinica De Familia Inc LCDF – (575) 556-0200 East Mesa Medical, (575) 373-9202 8600 Bataan Memorial

 

How can I get a Nursing Assistant College Certificate?

To get the NMSU-Dona Ana college certificate for Nursing Assistant, students will need to complete the 16 approved credits with following courses with a C or better:

Medical Terminology AHS 120 or college equivalent.

Anatomy and physiology AHS 154 or college equivalent.

Nursing Assistant Fundamentals NA 104

Nursing Assistant Lab NA 104L

Nursing Assistant Clinical NA 105

OEEM 101 CPR/BLS for Health Care Professionals

This certificate can be completed in one to two semesters

 

What does Financial Aid pay for?

Depending on your eligibility, financial aid can be used to pay educational expenses including tuition fees, books and supplies, food, housing, transportation, and some personal expenses while you attend college.  Students and their families are expected to contribute to the cost of college to the extent that they are able.  For further information please visit https://dacc.nmsu.edu/fa/ or visit the financial aid office on the East Mesa Campus.

 

Do you have a Medical Assistant Program?

Yes, we have a medical assistant courses, our first students will complete the program in May 2017.  However the Medical Assistant Courses themselves have not yet been approved as part of an Associate’s Degree or Certificate.  When you complete the courses you will be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association Clinical Certified Medical Assistant exam for national certification.  Some courses (NA 214 & 215) may not be covered by financial aid until approved as part of a degree or certificate. The degree and/or certificate program is currently in the approval process; the website will be updated when more information is available.

 

Limited Course Admission.

We limit the lab and clinical classes to 8-12 students per instructor to promote student and patient safety.  Therefore students must complete their packet in order to enroll in a clinical course.

If the course is full, you may put your name on the waiting list only if your clinical packet is complete.  Students who drop the course generally drop just before the course starts.  You will need to be ready to begin classes should we call you.  If we cannot reach you within 24 hours, the spot will be offered to the next student on the waiting list.  You will only be called if someone drops the course.  There is no guarantee someone will drop the course.  Packet requirements are good for two years with the exception of the CCHSP (criminal background check), drug screen, TB test, and Flu shot which is required annually.

Students that are convicted of certain felonies prior to or during courses cannot continue to clinical sites and will be dropped from the course.

 

How do I become a Certified Nursing Assistant or renew my CNA?

The New Mexico Department of Health is responsible for certifying nursing assistants to work in the state of New Mexico.  To find out how to become certified or for information on how to renew your certification please go to:

https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/nurseaide/pages/nm.aspx  and look under the Candidate Information Bulletin tab.

 

How do I upload my documents to Castlebranch?

For instructions on how to upload documents to Castlebranch, please go to this web page: http://go.castlebranch.com/newclientfaq.  Please note DACC does not accept backgrounds and drug screens from Castlebranch refer to you packet for more information.

 

Please contact one of our Program Advisors with any further questions