Welcome to the Health Sciences Department
The Department of Health Sciences offers diverse programs in health care services. The primary focus of these programs is to provide students with the knowledge, competencies and other skills necessary to meet health care needs of populations within their prospective program of study.
Associate of Applied Science degrees in:
The Health Sciences also provides Nursing Assistant Training and a variety of continuing education courses and community education courses in collaboration with Montana del Norte Area Health Education Center (MdN-AHEC).
Each program has specific prerequisite and entrance requirements. Health science programs provide a specific student handbook, which outlines other relevant academic and clinical policies and procedures. Students interested in pursuing a health science profession are encouraged to seek initial and continual advisement from the director or a faculty advisor from the program of interest.
Luna Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, with an exit option for Practical Nursing after completion of the first year of nursing. The mission of the nursing department is to prepare nurses to provide culturally competent, community-based entry level nursing care. Nursing is a rewarding career in high demand, which offers many challenges and opportunities within diverse health care settings. The nursing program is approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing.
Upon successful completion of the first year nursing courses (level I), a student receives a Practical Nursing Certificate and is eligible to take the PN National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) following successful passage of the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) PN Predictor Test.
Upon successful completion of the second year nursing courses (level II), a student receives an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing and is eligible to take the RN NCLEX following successful passage of the ATI RN Predictor Test.
Graduates are encouraged to continue on toward completion of a Bachelor of Science in nursing offered at some four-year universities.
Admission to the college does not assure admission to the nursing program. Program capacity requires limited enrollment. Applicants are rank-ordered based on cumulative points earned on selection criteria. Provisional admission status may be granted for students who have not met all admission criteria but still rank order high. Contracts will be initiated with the provisional student and the Nursing Faculty. The program is vigorous and requires a full-time commitment, extensive reading outside of the classroom, and travel out of the area. Because of the program intensity, limited employment is recommended.
Due to rapid changes in health care and state mandated changes, the department must review and revise the curriculum on an ongoing basis. Changes can be anticipated regarding admission requirements, course requirements, and program policies. Students are advised to seek initial and continuous advisement from the ACCESS Center.
Graduates of the nursing program are prepared for entry level practice in a variety of health care facilities, which include acute care hospitals, long-term care, home health care, physicians’ offices, clinics and other settings.Additional Requirements to Licensure:
The New Mexico State Board of Nursing has restrictions for licensure and may deny, revoke or suspend any license applied for upon grounds that the person has particular felony violations. The college assumes no responsibility for the denial of licensure by the State Board of Nursing.
Federal law requires health care agencies to conduct criminal background checks on their employees. This requirement is now mandated by the New Mexico Department of Health for students placed in health care facilities for clinical training and is required prior to seeking nursing licensure. Behaviors which may be cause for a student being ineligible for clinical placement include but are not limited to: physical or sexual abuse, theft, illegal use of weapons, and illegal use or possession of controlled substances.
Practical Nursing Program (level I)
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Meet LCC admission requirements.
- Meet minimum college admission requirements for math, reading and writing proficiency skills. Those interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree after completion of the RN nursing program are encouraged to complete additional courses such as General Chemistry, Statistics, Algebra, Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology, Technical Writing and some type of class that insures computer literacy skills.
- Complete prerequisite courses (BIO103, BIO217, BIO218, ENG111 and PSYC101) with a GPA of 7 or higher by the end of the spring semester prior to anticipated entry into the nursing program. Please note that BIO217 and BIO218 were previously offered as BIO100 and BIO10 BIO210 and PSYCH242 must be completed by the time of entry into the nursing component. Additionally, BIO217 and BIO218 must be completed within five (5) years prior to entry into the nursing program. If a student returns after three years after failing three nursing core classes, student must also meet these BIO217 and BIO218 requirements within the last five (5) years.
- Achieve a score of 40th percentile per section on the program entry examination. Currently the examination utilized by the program is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The exam must be taken by the end of the spring semester prior to anticipated entry into the program. Test dates, fee information, and registration are available at the nursing office. Scores are valid for one year. Applicants may take the test during the fall and spring semester. Each test will be reviewed and the highest score per section will be used toward calculating admission points. Students scoring below the required percentile and in need of remediation are encouraged to enroll in the TEAS prep classes offered each semester.
- Nursing assistant certification is required with competency of a selected number of basic skills upon admission. Applicants who do not have nursing assistant certification are required to complete a state approved course. The college offers CNA100 to meet this requirement. This requirement may be waived when evidence of alternate comparable training is formally presented.
- Submit a nursing application packet by due date for subsequent fall admission. Packets are available at the nursing department by mid-March.
It is the student’s responsibility to assure that all application documents are on file in the nursing department by the deadline outlined in the application packet including documentation of work experience in a health field. The application deadline is strictly adhered to.
Selection Criteria (level I-PN Program):
Applicants are rank-ordered based on maximum points earned on cumulative GPA for BIO103, BIO217, BIO218, ENG111 and PSYC101 and BIO103 prerequisite course requirements, percentile score on each section of the entrance examination (TEAS), and points earned for in-district residency. Eligibility requires a minimum GPA of 7 for prerequisite courses and 40th percentile per section on the TEAS entrance examination. Bonus points are issued for prerequisite courses BIO210 and PSYCH24 Bonus points are also issued for related health experience. A copy of the selection criteria form can be requested from the nursing department.
Selection of candidates takes place in early June. All applicants receive notification by mail. It is important to keep a current address on file in the nursing office.
Associate of Applied Science Program (level II)
Space is limited and priority is given to returning students who completed level I in the previous year. Criteria for returning students include:
- A letter of intenet to continue the program.
- Completion of level I program courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
Advanced Placement for LPNs
Applicants already licensed as practical nurses may apply for advanced placement. Applicants must:
- Submit an official transcript from an approved LPN program for transfer of credit review. Course descriptions and/or syllabi may be required to determine if the course(s) are comparable. All course work required for the first year at LCC must be met prior to acceptance into the RN program. It may be necessary to audit some first level nursing courses as condition for admission into the program.
- Meet LCC admission requirements.
- Meet with the department director to arrange for nursing skill competency testing.
- Provide verification of a valid LPN license. At least one year clinical experience within the past five years is required
- Take an ATI PN Predictor examination. Examination, fee, and registration information is available in the nursing department.
- Submit nursing application packet to the nursing department prior to the beginning of the spring semester.
Applicants who are accepted into either the PN (level I) or RN (level II) program are required to:
- Provide documentation of a physical examination and current immunization status. Forms are available at the Department of Health Sciences and are provided upon notification of admission into the program.
- Present Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and maintain current certification throughout the program.
- Obtain student nurse liability insurance and maintain coverage throughout the program.
- Comply with program policies and procedures. A nursing student handbook is provided to all students during the first week of class.
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