Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program

Nursing Program Admission Criteria

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For Academic Year 2014-15


The admissions criteria listed below will be used to select students admitted for the cohort beginning Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Separate applications must be submitted for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.


In order to be considered for admission, complete applications and admission documents must be received by the deadlines noted below.

Spring 2015 July 1, 2014 September 12, 2014
Fall 2014 No Longer Available May 30, 2014

Required Admission Documents

  1. Completed/signed Nursing Program Application
  2. HESI A2 Admission Assessment exam
  3. Official transcripts from all previous college work submitted to TMCC's Admissions and Records Office, and received by the application deadline

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • 2.75 GPA for previous lower division college courses leading to the Nursing AAS Degree.
  • 3.00 GPA for pre-requisite science courses: must be taken within the five (5) years prior to application.
  • BIOL 223, 224 and 251 and MATH 120 (or equivalent courses).
  • HESI A2 Admission Assessment exam scores of at least 75% in Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Math, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary sections. The HESI exam must be administered by TMCC.
  • Completion of a Medical Terminology course with a "C" or better, or passing a written medical terminology test (to be administered by TMCC) with a minimum score of 75%.
  • Completion of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training, or proof of previous or current certification as a CNA.

Nursing Program Costs

Students enrolled in the Nursing Program follow the fee schedule and refund policy described in the current TMCC catalog. Additional costs to the TMCC Nursing Program are outlined below. These costs are approximate and are subject to change.

Fingerprints $55.00
Lab Fee Varies per semester
College Admission Fee (one time only) $10.00
Background Check $49.50
Drug Screening $35.00
Immunizations $550.00
Immunization Tracking/Clinical Portfolio $85.00/yr
CPR Certification Health Care Provider Card $50.00
Health Insurance varies
Uniforms, including shoes $200.00
Clinical equipment $50.00
Textbooks $1,800.00
Nursing Pin (optional; one time only) $40.00-$200.00
Fee for NCLEX-RN Exam (one time only) $200.00
Application for licensure $100.00
Malpractice Insurance $60/year (optional) $120.00
Standardized Testing/Student Resources $355.00

Total does not include any applicable non-resident fees. Contact Admissions and Records for current fees.

Pre-Admission Testing: HESI and Medical Terminology

The Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) A2 Admission Assessment is a timed, computerized test that consists of:

  • Reading Comprehension (38 questions)
  • Vocabulary and General Knowledge (50 questions)
  • Grammar (50 questions)
  • Math (50 questions)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (A & P) (25 questions)
  • Biology (25 items)
  • A learning style/personal profile assessment

Point Based Admission Scoring: HESI, GPA and Residency

HESI A2 Admission Assessment exam scores are weighted at 50%. A minimum 75% score is required in Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Grammar, Math, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary. The Learning Styles and Personality Inventory sections are not scored.

GPA is weighted at 50%. Grades from coursework taken toward the AAS-Nursing degree will be used in the computation of the GPA. The pre-requisite Biology courses may be taken a maximum of two (2) times within the previous five (5) years. The highest grade of the first two times will then be used to calculate both overall and science GPA.

An average score for the HESI A2 Admission Assessment exam will be calculated. The average percent score will be divided by the number 25. GPA will be calculated on a 4.0 scale. (Example: a student who scored an average of 85% on all administered tests would receive 3.4. Adding the overall GPA of 3.4 would calculate to 6.8 points.)

Students will be ranked by descending order, admission being offered to those ranking higher first.

All available openings will be offered to Nevada residents first. Note: all students to whom the Good Neighbor policy (eliminated in fall 2011) continues to apply will be grandfathered, so long as they are continuously enrolled in a NSHE institution.

Non-residents are considered after all available openings have been filled by Nevada residents.

HESI Admission Assessment Exam

Scheduling the HESI Exam: Students must register in person or register online for the HESI exam. 

  • Your full name
  • A valid email address
  • Your phone number
  • Your TMCC student ID number
  • Receipt number (received from Accounting Services upon payment of the testing fee, if paying in person)

Cost: The cost of the exam is $70.00.

Time Limit: There is a maximum time limit of six (6) hours to complete this exam.

What to Bring: Students taking the exam will need to bring the following:

  • A valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, military id, etc)
  • Your TMCC student ID number
  • A valid email address
  • Proof of payment for the HESI exam (receipt)

Confirmation of Registration: All students registered for the HESI exam will be given a testing ticket and have a detailed confirmation email will be sent to them. This testing ticket and email will outline information regarding testing day procedures and instructions.

2014 HESI Exam Dates (All Fridays)
Month Dates
February 2014 7, 21
April 2014 4, 11, 18
May 2014 2, 9, 16
June 2014 13, 27
July 2014 11, 18
August 2014 1, 8, 15

Medical Terminology Challenge Test

Instructions: The test is 50 items of commonly used medical terms that would be found in a medical office or health care setting.

Cost: The cost of the exam is $40.00.

Scheduling the Medical Terminology Exam: The Medical Terminology test is conducted on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (contact Testing Services for more information).

What to Bring: Applicants will need to present their valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, military id, etc) and proof of payment for the Medical Terminology exam.

Students will need their valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, military id, etc), be a current TMCC student and have proof of payment for the exam (receipt).

Note: TMCC's Nursing Department is responsible for all admission requirements and decisions regarding the HESI exam. Testing Services only provides the scheduling and proctoring of the HESI exam. Registrations completed in person will be expedited over requests submitted by email. All requests made by email will be processed within two business days.