School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math

HESI Admissions Exam Dates

First Attempt: August 1-4, 2023
Second Attempt: September 11-14, 2023

The traditional Associate Degree Nursing Program at Santa Fe Community College located in Santa Fe, NM is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the traditional associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

The traditional Associate Degree Nursing Program’s New Mexico Board of Nursing (NMBON) approval is Full and expires May 31, 2030.  View the public information disclosed by the NMBON at

Our next application cycles will be as follows: Spring admission we will accept applications from August 1 – October 1. Fall admission we will accept applications from January 1 – March 1.

View Frequently Asked Questions 
Nursing Applicant Instructions
HESI Exam Registration Policies & Procedures for Nursing Program
Spring 2023 Nursing Student Handbook

Associate degree in nursing (ADN) applicants must apply to the SFCC Associate in Applied Science Program through NursingCAS here. If Associate’s degree seeking search SFCC AAS Nursing Program. If dual-degree option search NMNEC SFCC/UNM Dual Degree option. If dual-degree seeking, it is a requirement for students to apply for both programs in the event they’re not accepted into the dual-degree option.

SFCC’s comprehensive Nursing Program prepares you for a good career in a growing industry. You will learn about nursing concepts, nursing practice principles, pharmacology, health and illness concepts, care of patients with chronic conditions, and emergency medicine. Begin your experience with a Certificate in Nursing Assistant, and then move into the program to earn an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing.

SFCC partners with University of New Mexico to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing so students can obtain an associate and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing without leaving the community. Upon completion of a nursing degree at SFCC, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam, (NCLEX), to become a registered nurse.

SFCC’s Department of Nursing Education is part of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium, and uses the NMNEC concept-based approach to nursing education.

Graduates success on NCLEX exam (first time pass rates)

  • 2022: 80.81%
  • 2021: 90.13%
  • 2020: 88.57%
  • 2019: 90.56%
  • 2018: 90.9%

Student completion rate: (% of entering students who complete on-time)

  • 2022: 62%
  • 2021: 70%
  • 2020: 80%

Learn more about your BSN/AAS options.

Career Opportunities

  • Hospital nursing including medical/surgical, pediatrics, obstetrics, psychiatric, emergency department, intensive care, OR
  • Clinical nursing such as family practice; specialties such as women’s health, dialysis, cardiac, internal medicine, pediatrics
  • Long-term/extended care nursing
  • Hospice/home health nursing
  • Public Health/school nursing