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Associate of Applied Science degree

Institutional Proficiency Requirement

In addition to the courses listed below for this program of study, students must also complete institutional proficiency of MATH075.

Institutional Proficiency Requirement

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Degree Requirements - Minimum of 74 Credit Hours Print Requirements

General Education Core       (17 hours)
Area I.    Communications       (6 hours)
ENG111Freshman Composition I 3 credits
ENG115Freshman Composition II 3 credits
Area III.    Laboratory Science       (8 hours)
BIO217Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
BIO218 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
Area IV.    Social and Behavioral Sciences       (3 hours)
PSYC101Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
Program Requirements - PN       (23 hours)
NRSG100Math/Dosage Calculations 1 credits
NRSG101Therapeutic Communication 1 credits
NRSG110Introduction to Nursing/Wellness 5 credits
NRSG111Health Assessment Practicum 2 credits
NRSG115Common Health Problems 5 credits
NRSG116Common Health Problems Practicum 2 credits
NRSG118Family Nursing I 2 credits
NRSG119Family Nursing I Practicum 1 credits
NRSG244Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions I 2 credits
NRSG245Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions II 2 credits
Program Requirements - RN       (19 hours)
NRSG216Mental Health Nursing 2 credits
NRSG217Mental Health Nursing Practicum 1 credits
NRSG218Family Nursing II 2 credits
NRSG219Family Nursing II Practicum 1 credits
NRSG220Management of Client Care within the Community 2 credits
NRSG222Transitional Practicum 2 credits
NRSG224Adult Nursing I 2 credits
NRSG225Adult Nursing Practicum 1 credits
NRSG234Adult Nursing II 2 credits
NRSG235Adult Nurisng Practicum II 2 credits
NRSG254Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions III 1 credits
NRSG255Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions IV 1 credits
Related Studies       (13 hours)
AH113Medical Terminology 3 credits
AH210Nutrition 3 credits
BIO201Medical Microbiology 4 credits
PSYC242Developmental Life Span 3 credits
Approved Electives       (2 hours)
ANTH103Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
CHEM111General Chemistry I 4 credits
CSA150Computer Fundamentals 3 credits
MATH130Statistics 3 credits
NRSG202Geriatric Nursing 2 credits
NRSG241Pathophysiology I 3 credits
NRSG242Pathophysiology II 3 credits
SOC101Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SPAN101Beginning Spanish I 3 credits
SPAN212Spanish for Health Professionals 3 credits
Additional Program Requirement:

    The Registered Nurse (RN) Kaplan Exit Examination is part of program completion. A passing score as determined by LCC’s Nursing faculty is required in order to release the student’s Certification of Graduation to the Board of Nursing for RN-NCLEX licensing. Students who fail the Kaplan Predictor must, at their own expense, complete program approved NCLEX review and pass The ATI green light to take the licensing exam.

    Nursing Degree Curriculum Profile 2012-2015

    RN Programs 2015-2016 Student Handbook

Program Resources

Program Director: Susan Olson
Phone: (505)454-2523
Email: solson@luna.edu

ACCESS Center Personnel

Director: Renee Maestas
Phone: (505)454-5355
Email: rmaestas@luna.edu
Advisor: Janice Medrano
Phone: (505)454-2546
Email: jmedrano@luna.edu

Nursing Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

The Luna Community College Nursing Program is approved by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

ACEN can be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta Georgia, 30326 , P. (404)-975-5000, F. (404) 975-5020 or www.acenursing.org

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 a 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 an 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. 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.

Admission Requirements:

Practical Nursing Program (level I)

Applicants to the first year (level I) must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Meet LCC admission requirements.
  3. 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.
  4. Complete prerequisite courses (AH113, BIO217, BIO218, ENG111 and PSYC101) with a GPA of 2.7 or higher by the end of the spring semester prior to anticipated entry into the nursing program. AH210 and PSYC242 must be completed by the time of entry into the nursing component. AH113 and AH210 were previously offered as BIO103 and BIO210. 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.
  5. Achieve a passing score on entry exam as determined by nursing faculty. 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 will be used toward calculating admission points. Students scoring below the required passing score and in need of remediation are encouraged to enroll in the TEAS prep classes offered each semester.
  6. 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 AH105 to meet this requirement. AH105 was previously offered as CNA100. This requirement may be waived when evidence of alternate comparable training is formally presented.
  7. 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 AH113, BIO217, BIO218, ENG111 and PSYC101 prerequisite course requirements and points earned for in-district residency. Eligibility requires a minimum GPA of 2.7 for prerequisite courses and passing score on the entrance examination. Bonus points are issued for prerequisite courses AH210 and PSYC242. 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.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. A letter of intent to continue in the program.
  2. 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:

  1. 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 coursework required for the first year at LCC must be met prior to acceptance into the RN program. It may be necessary to complete some first level nursing courses as condition for admission into the program.
  2. Meet LCC admission requirements.
  3. Meet with the department director to arrange for nursing skill competency testing.
  4. Provide verification of a valid LPN license. At least one year clinical experience within the past five years is required.
  5. Take a PN Predictor examination. Examination, fee, and registration information is available in the nursing department.
  6. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Present Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and maintain current certification throughout the program.
  3. Obtain student nurse liability insurance and maintain coverage throughout the program.
  4. 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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