Program Admission and Application

Pre-Admission Process

Students must complete a pre-registration clinical clearance packet. Additional restrictions may apply.

Health Care Assistant Program Pre-Admission Steps

1. Apply for Admission – DACC Admissions Office – (575) 527-7710.
2. Apply for Financial Aid – DACC Financial Aid Office – (575) 527-7696.
3. Take Accuplacer assessment – DACC Testing Office – (575) 527-7569. Register to take accuplacer here:
4. Attend an Orientation through the DACC Admissions Office – (575) 527-7710.
5. Get Academic Advising – Academic Advising Center – (575) 528-7272. If you do not know who your advisor is, click here:  Who Is My Advisor?
6. Register for pre-requisite Classes – Online at or Registration Office – (575) 527-7524.
7. For Nursing Assistant, phlebotomy, electrocardiography, patient care tech, or medical assistant complete the clinical packet and upload to Then and request the documents be reviewed. Once approved more information will be given on how to register for classes.
8. Make Tuition Payment and Get Parking Sticker – Online at and or DACC Cashier’s Office – (575) 527-7516.
9. Get your ID Card – NMSU ID Card Services, Corbett Center, Room 137, (575) 646-4835.
10. Get your Books – DACC Bookstore, DACL 170, (575) 527-7692 or DAAR 102 (575) 528-7254.
11. Attend Class (attendance is mandatory for all NA courses) – Work hard, use campus resources for success, and enjoy DACC!


A positive drug screen or a disqualifying felony conviction may prevent participation in courses that have a practicum that includes patient care.  And may affect future employment opportunities in the health care field. Disqualify Convictions.

The following felony convictions disqualify a person from providing health care to patients.

  1. Homicide;
  2. trafficking, or trafficking in controlled substances;
  3. kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault or aggravated battery;
  4. rape, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact, incest, indecent exposure, or other related felony sexual offenses;
  5. crimes involving adult abuse, neglect or financial exploitation;
  6. crimes involving child abuse or neglect;
  7. crimes involving robbery, larceny, extortion, burglary, fraud, forgery, embezzlement, credit card fraud, or receiving stolen property; or
  8. an attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy involving any of the felonies in this subsection.

The law regarding this screening for criminal history for caregivers can be found in Sections 29-17-1 to 29-17-5 NMSA 1978 et seq., and the Regulations can be found at NMAC.