LPN to RN Application Process

 Cohort Application Information:

  • Fall 2021 Cohort:
  •  Summer 2022:
    • Complete application due April 15, 2022 @ 1700.
  • Fall 2022:
    • Complete application due July 15, 2022 @ 1700.

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.


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.


A completed and signed DACC Evaluation of Transfer Credit Form will be needed as part of the application packet. Contact a Nursing Program Academic Advisor to have a form filled out.


A program level evaluation is needed to determine placement into the nursing program at DACC. This must be completed by the required deadline. Official copies of all nursing transcripts will need to be turned in to DACC Admissions Office.


Contact a Nursing Advisor via email to have your ranking sheet filled out. Please send a copy of your STAR Degree audit, HESI PN Mobility Exam scores with your request, as well as any Health Care Licenses or Certificates if applicable.

  • LPN to RN Ranking (This sheet needs to be filled out and signed by a nursing advisor)

Submit Complete Nursing Program Application Packet using the LPN to RN Application Submission page listed below. To ensure all needed documents are included, please refer to the LPN to RN Application Checklist.


The following documents are additional information on the DACC Nursing Program requirements but are not part of the application packet.

  • 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.
  • Demands of Being a Nursing Student

Entrance Testing for PN Mobility

DACC Nursing Program school code: 204716

One of the admission requirements for this program is that applicants pass the PN-ADN 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 PN-ADN exam does not guarantee entrance into the Nursing Program. Registering for the PN-ADN exam 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.

Applicants are encouraged to read ALL of the directions before entering the EVOLVE site. This is a multi-step process.

Additional Information



Please see testing centers for cost of testing. 


You will see your scores as you take the test, section by section, and you will have access online from 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.  It can take up to two weeks for your scores to show up in your Evolve account.

Review Material

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)

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.