Im sorry, I didn't see your comment sooner. Thanks so much, it wasn't easy and Im proud of my accomplishments. At this point, I just want to work and actually get a paycheck! Sure I can tell you about it. You are right, every point counts. Your experience as a dental assistant should count for something. If you have experience with anything remotely medical from that field, write it in detail. Maybe you assisted with sedation or maybe someone coded in the chair etc. I had experience as a unit secretary on a surgical floor and got a point for it I think.
Entry into the program really depends on how everyone else who applied did. For example, the applicants who were accepted into the program the semester I was all did really really good. People that didn't make it in would have made it the semester prior.
I found my HESI results and scores for others who made it in ---> So I got 91.71 for the cumulative total. That includes bio, a&p, and chemistry. The important number is that I got 94 in English and 96 in math for an average of 95. They take an average for bio, a&p, and chem and the equation is that if you averaged 90% or better, you get bonus 3 points. I averaged 88% and got 2.5 bonus points. I did really bad at a&p, but did really good at biology. Over 80% gets you bonus 2 points. Im guessing 70% average gets you bonus 1 point. Those points are important but not as much as smashing math and English. If you have a health certificate, it can get you an extra .25-1 point.
I bought 3 hesi study/practice books including the one they suggest. I would give them to you but I have already given them away. The chemistry that is in them is enough to do well enough on the hesi. I practiced those math problems till I knew how to do them all. On the actual HESI, I think I missed a scientific notation or a roman numeral problem I think. Im guessing 90% of the problems are proportion type problems. The English section I thought was hard. I took all the vocab words that I did't know from all 3 books and compiled a quizlet and I studied that a lot. Sometimes those vocab words were not the answers but you could rule out incorrect answers because you knew the ones you practiced. I watched videos too on correct grammar. There are other parts where you read a long paragraph and answer comprehension questions, conclusions, understanding, etc. Maybe you are awesome at English and it won't be so bad. Maybe you are awesome at math too and that would be really awesome!
Don't stress too much, Im sure you are preparing for it. And if you don't quite do as well as you hoped, it's not the end of the world. My friend didn't make it the 1st time she took it and then smashed it the second time. Im sure you will do great! Did you go to the information session? They will show you all the scores and that gives you an idea for how well you need to do.
I hope this helps. I will check back sooner this time if you have other questions. Good luck if I don't hear from you!