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Nursing Program Steps to Apply

  1. Apply to the College
    Complete a TMCC Application for Admission and view important dates and deadlines. If you have questions, contact the Admissions and Records Office.
  2. Submit Your Transcripts
    Submit official transcripts from all of your previous college work to TMCC's Admissions and Records Office (must be received by the Nursing Program application deadline).
    Important: After you've submitted your official transcripts, you must have them evaluated by the TMCC Admissions and Records Office using the Transfer Credit Evaluation request form.
    • An official transcript includes the Registrar’s signature, the College seal, and the date it was issued. An official transcript is delivered in a sealed envelope which should not be opened by anyone except the addressee. It is a legal document. There is usually a fee for each official transcript ordered.
    • An unofficial transcript is the student’s academic record without signature, seal, date or sealed envelope. There is usually no fee. A student may obtain an unofficial transcript by following the same procedure as for requesting an official transcript.
    • Please note that students who require a Credit Evaluation for Transfer Students need to submit this well in advance of the Nursing application deadline, as this process may take up to 6 weeks. If this credit evaluation for transfer courses is not complete at the application deadline, it will not be accepted.
  3. Meet the Minimum Nursing Program Requirements
    • GPA: 2.75 for previous lower division college courses leading to the Nursing AS degree.
    • GPA: 3.00 for prerequisite science courses (BIO 223, BIO 224 and BIO 251).
      • Must be taken within five years prior to application.
      • Can only be taken twice within the five year period.
      • Withdrawals, Audits and Repeats count as attempts.
    • MATH 126 (or equivalent).
      • There is no time frame in which MATH 126 needs to be completed.
    • Completion of Pre-Admission Testing (HESI Admission Assessment Exam)
      • ​HESI Admission Assessment Exam scores in Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Math, Grammar, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary sections will be scored. Students must achieve a minimum score of 75% in each of the sections.​
      • The HESI Exam must be administered by TMCC.
      • The HESI Exam can be taken two times in a 12 month period. Only those sections where a score of less than 75% was achieved can be repeated.
    • Applicants must provide a copy of current state certification for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or complete an approved CNA course with a grade of C or better, within the last five years from the application deadline.
  4. Apply to the Nursing Program
    Complete the online Nursing Program Application by the posted deadline.
    • Required documents must be uploaded with application (CNA requirement; copy of unofficial transcripts).
    • Separate applications must be submitted for Fall and Spring.

How Are Prospective Nursing Program Students Selected?

Prospective students are ranked by descending order, using pre-admission testing (HESI Admission Assessment Exam) scores, GPA and residency; admission being offered to those ranking higher first.


All available openings are offered to Nevada residents first. Non-residents are considered after all available openings have been filled by Nevada residents.

Pre-Admission Testing: HESI Admission Assessment Exam

  • HESI Exam scores are weighted at 50%.
  • A score is required in Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Grammar, Math, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary.
  • ​The HESI Exam can be taken two times in a 12 month period. Only those sections where a score of less than 75% was achieved can be repeated.


  • GPA is weighted at 50%.
  • GPA is calculated on a 4.0 scale.
  • Grades from coursework taken toward the AS Nursing degree are used in the computation of the GPA.
    • The pre-requisite Biology courses may be taken a maximum of two times within the previous five years. The highest grade of the first two times is used to calculate both overall and science GPA.


  1. An average score for the HESI Exam is calculated.
  2. The average percent score is divided by the number 25.
  3. GPA is calculated on a 4.0 scale.

Example: a student who scores an average of 85% on all administered tests receives 3.4. Adding the overall GPA of 3.4 calculates to a total of 6.8 points.