Announcements and Updates

Deadline for Readiness Forms

Readiness forms for Winter Quarter are due October 1-October 31, 2024. Be sure to read the sections below on the requirements for submitting a readiness form each quarter.

smiling studentThis webpage includes a variety of important announcements and updates for prospective students in De Anza's nursing programs.

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Readiness Forms – Update

(Updated on July 11, 2024)

Students who are on the Nursing Program waiting list must complete and return a readiness form each quarter in order to maintain eligibility for admission in future quarters.

The Readiness Form for the 2024 Spring Quarter should be submitted between October 1 and October 31, 2024.

Download the Readiness Form

Next Application Period: September 1-September 15, 2024

(Updated on July 11, 2024)

  • Be sure to review the information on the Overview for Applicants webpage so you are prepared to submit your application.
  • You must take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam no later than the application deadline. See the Program Information document posted on the Overview for Applicants webpage for more information.
  • You must submit official transcripts for all college coursework completed after Jan. 15, 2017 outside De Anza or Foothill College, as well as any other official transcripts for courses completed earlier to meet Nursing program prerequisites.
      • Submit your transcripts to De Anza's Office of Admissions and Records and notify the office that you are applying to the Nursing program.
      • See the Program Information document posted on the Overview for Applicants webpage for more information.
  • Submit any petitions for prerequisite course equivalency well before the application deadline, to allow time for review and processing your petition.
  • We recommend that you attend an Information Meeting and schedule an Application Review prior to mailing in your application.

Waiting List Update

(Updated on March 7, 2024)

The RN Program Waiting List released in March 2024 shows applicants through Jan. 15, 2024.

  • The list now has 68 people on it. 
  • If any information appears to be incorrect, please contact the Nursing Department office.

Download the Current Waiting List

  • The department admits a new group of 20 students each quarter (Fall, Winter and Sping), or a total of 60 students per year.
  • All students must submit a Readiness Form every quarter in order to remain on the waiting list.  Students who fail to submit the form will be removed from the waiting list.
  • Students who are selected for entry are allowed to defer entry one time only. If the student does not enter the following quarter, they will be removed from the waiting list.
  • How is each starting group selected?

  • When will I be able to start the RN Program? 

  • How should I prepare to enter the program?

Important Information for the Next Class

(Updated on March 7, 2024)

The Winter 2025 class of 20 students, along with 10 alternates, will be selected according to their waiting list order and readiness to start the program. Please remember:

  • You will not be selected for Winter Quarter if you did not complete a Readiness Form by the deadline.
  • Students who do not submit a Readiness Form every quarter will be removed from the Waiting List.
  • Mandatory orientation: Students selected for the Winter Quarter will receive an email invitation in November 2024 to attend a mandatory orientation meeting on a Friday – date to be announced – from 9 to 11 a.m. on Zoom. 
  • Deferrals: Students who are selected will only be allowed to defer entry one time. If the student does not enter the following quarter, they will be removed from the Waiting List.
  • Alternates: Students who are selected as Alternates may be tapped to fill vacancies that occur before the second day of the quarter. Alternates who are not tapped for the class will be returned to the Waiting List and must continue to submit the Readiness Forms for future quarters. Alternates are not guaranteed a place in the following quarter.
  • Time limit: Once in the program, students must complete the program within nine quarters of their starting date (excluding summer sessions).
  • Immunization requirements: Read the information on this webpage so you can be prepared for entering the Nursing program. A physical exam will be required within one month of beginning the nursing program. You may want to delay an upcoming physical a few months if you would have to pay for a second physical.
  • Social Security/ITIN requirement: Please read the announcement below on this page regarding the requirement for having a U.S. Social Security or ITIN number.
  • Sociology or Anthropology requirement: You must complete Sociology 1 or Anthropology 2 at De Anza, or their equivalent, before starting the second quarter of your Nursing program. We recommend taking it before you begin the program, so you don't have to take it with your Nursing classes in your first quarter of the program.

COVID-19 Vaccination

All instructors and students must be vaccinated for COVID-19 as required by our clinical partners.

HESI Admission Assessment Exam

(Updated on Oct. 2, 2018)

The exam registration process is described in two documents – the Program Information guide and the HESI/Evolve Reach Exam Registration Instructions – which can be found on the Overview for Applicants webpage.

You must take the exam before the application period deadline. Please review the testing registration procedure in the Program Information document on the Overview for Applicants webpage, even if you have previously read this material.

Exam Preparation

A new 5th edition of the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review is available for purchase from your preferred bookseller. For details about this book, see the Program Information guide on the Overview for Applicants webpage.

  • This book is not thorough enough to be a complete study resource. You will need to study other materials, such as your Anatomy and Physiology texts, to ensure success on this exam.
  • The book has some vocabulary lists, math tables, and an overview of exam content, as well as practice questions and tests.
  • One copy of the book is now available to check out for a maximum of three days in the Reserved Books section of the De Anza Library.

Test Recommendations

Required Tests With Scores

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • English: three tests – Grammar, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • Math

Suggested Tests Without Scores

  • Personality Profile
  • Learning Style

Recommended Sequence

We recommend you take tests in the following order to ensure that you complete the required scored sections first:

  1. Required tests with scores
  2. Personality Profile
  3. Learning Style

Additional Tips

  • Don't forget to bring your ID number issued to you for the exam and that you have a photo ID that matches the information used to request the exam.
  • The test is four hours long. Remember that you need to monitor the time you spend on each of the required test sections. 
  • Should you encounter any problem during the exam, bring it to the attention of test center staff, and ask for some proof from the testing site that you had a problem.
      • Send an email as soon as possible to the Nursing Department with your name and phone number, describing the problem you had.
      • You should also contact Evolve Reach/Elsevier Customer Service (800-950-2728) and explain the problem you encountered and ask that you want to retake the exam at no further cost.


If you score less than 75% on any required sections, you only have one more chance to retake the tests (within one calendar year from your first test session).

  • You can combine the best scores from the first and second test sessions.
  • Please note that you must request Version 2 of the exam if you have to take it again. This is indicated in the Program Information document section on registering for the exam.

If you have not scored at least 75% on all required scored sections after taking the second test, you will not be allowed to apply to any De Anza College nursing program in the future.

Social Security/ITIN Number Required for Admission

(Updated on March 7, 2024)

The Nursing Department has adopted an admission policy aligned with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requirement that all applicants for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam must have a U.S. Social Security number.

  • For International students, the BRN is now accepting a federal employer identification number or Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN). 
  • Students must have a U.S. Social Security or ITIN number to qualify for admission to De Anza's Nursing program.
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