Skip to content

Nursing - AAS


Luna Community College Department of Nursing is a full member of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC). The Nursing Curriculum is taught using the NMNEC State Wide Curriculum Model. All required elements of the program are taught using a concept based delivery method. Blackboard and Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) are used to support the curriculum delivery.

Program requirements

Successful completion of all courses and clinicals in each level with a 77% or better is required in each course in order to progress to the next level. Courses must be taken sequentially.

Degree Requirements

The follow degree requirements are for the 2015-2018 Catalog. For other catalogs, please see Catalogs

Minimum of 68 Credit Hours

Prerequisites for Nursing Program (25 credit hours)
AH244 Pathophysiology 4
BIO217 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO218 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG111 Freshman Composition I 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC242 Developmental Life Span 3
Choose One (4 credit hours)
BIO105 Biology for Non-Majors 4
BIO110 General Biology I 4
BIO201 Medical Microbiology 4
BIO216 Microbiology 4
CHEM105 Introduction to Chemistry 4
CHEM111 General Chemistry I 4

General Education Core (3 credit hours)
ENG115 Freshman Composition II 3

Program Requirements - Level I (7 credit hours)
NRSG1080 Introduction to Nursing Concepts 3
NRSG1100 Principles of Nursing Practice 4

Program Requirements - Level II (13 credit hours)
NRSG1530 Health and Illness Concepts 1 3
NRSG1570 Health Care Participant 3
NRSG1580 Nursing Pharmacology 3
NRSG1640 Assessment and Health Promotion 4

Program Requirements - Level III (10 credit hours)
NRSG2030 Health & Illness Concepts 2 3
NRSG2060 Professional Nursing Concepts 1 3
NRSG2080 Care of Patients w/Chronic 4

Program Requirements - Level IV (10 credit hours)
NRSG2230 Health & Illness Concepts 3 4
NRSG2640 Clinical Intensive 1 4
NRSG2960 ADN Capstone 2

Additional Program Requirement:

Institutional Proficiency Requirement: In addition to the courses listed above for this program of study, students must also complete institutional proficiency of MATH095.

Nursing Department Requirement: The graduate must take and pass the ATI- RN predictor and receive the “Green Light” in order for the affidavit of graduation from the
New Mexico Board of Nursing to be approved.

NMNEC Curriculum Student Handbook 2018-2019
Nursing Program Estimated Costs

Program Accreditation and Approvals

The Luna Community College Nursing Program is approved by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing.

6301 Indian School NE, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Ph:  (505) 841-8340
Fax:  (505) 841-8347

The Luna Community College Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

ACEN can be contacted at:
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta Georgia, 30326
Phone: (404)-975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

ACEN logo

Admission and Selection Criteria

Applicants to the first year (level I):

  1. Must be at least18 years of age.
  2. All students must apply for admission to LCC through Admissions office.
  3. Students interested in applying to the Nursing Program should then meet with an advisor for information regarding the Nursing Program.
  4. Students interesting in applying to the Nursing Program must get a nursing packet/application from the nursing department (in person or by mail) and complete and submit by the application deadline.
  5. Students must have taken and passed the ATI-TEAS entrance exam prior to the established due date and within one year of applying to the program. Note: only three attempts are allowed per year.
  6. Students must have completed all pre-requisite coursework by the end of the spring semester prior to fall admission to the Nursing Program. All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher (including supporting courses) with a GPA of at least a 2.75.
  7. Must submit official high school and college/university transcripts to LCC no later than the end of May. This is required if students are requesting that credit be given for classes taken at other institutions. Transfer credit may be granted after a review of transcripts by the LCC Registrar and the Director of Nursing. A grade of “C” or higher is required for transfer of any credit(s) from each course. All information is due in the admissions office by the end of May of each year.
  8. The selection process for the Nursing Program begins after receipt of the student’s application to the School of Nursing by the due date determined by the Nursing Department. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the School of Nursing of any change of address or telephone number, or other information affecting the student’s application.
  9. Nursing student selection will be made during the first two weeks of July. Students selected for admission will be notified by mail. No information regarding selection status will be given by telephone or email, nor will any such information be posted prior to the release of admissions status for all applicants.
  10. The following outlines the selection process followed by the LCC School of Nursing, in alignment with the NMNEC Admissions Guidelines:
Criteria Weight AAS Admission Criteria Criteria Requirement
50% Entrance Admissions Test (ATI-TEAS) Overall TEAS score of no less than 58.7 ***Please note that the minimum score does not guarantee admission to the program
10% The Science, Math, and Reading score within the ATI-TEAS Admission Exam will be used for screening and ranking of applicants. Minimum scores required to be considered for admission to be determined by faculty.
40% Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculated with the Following Supporting Courses: BIO 217 Human Anatomy & Phys 1, BIO 217L Human Anatomy & Phys 1 (L), Basic Lab Science (Chemistry, Biology, or Med/Microbiology), ENG 111 Freshman Comp I, PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology , PSYC 242 Developmental Life Span GPA of 2.75 or higher ***Please note that the minimum GPA of 2.75 does not guarantee admission to the program.

Students shall be selected for admission based upon their ranking using the system described in the selection process (See nine above). Selection is competitive, with highest-scoring students selected first in order of ranking from high to low.

Transfer Policy

Students wishing to transfer to the LCC Nursing Program from an NMNEC school must do the following:

  • Apply for admittance to LCC online or in person through the Admissions Office.
  • Request high school transcripts be sent to Admission Office.
  • Request all transcripts from previous colleges/universities be sent to the LCC Registrar.
  • Transfer credit will be granted after approval by the Registrar and Nursing Department Director (A minimum grade of “C” or higher is required for transfer of credit into any course).
  • Submit a letter of intent to the Nursing Program Director.
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from the director of their former program.
  • Upon acceptance, submit all documents as outlined in General Policies in the Nursing Handbook.
  • Attend student orientation on the date specified by the Nursing Department.

Student Achievement Data

LCC Program Outcomes (AAS Program) 2018 2017 2016
NCLEX-RN 1st attempt pass rates @ LCC 95.24% 80% 81.25%
Program Completion (in four terms – 100% of program length) 66.6% 47% 55%
Student Completion (in six terms – 150% of program length) 75% 66.6% 100%
Employment Rate 94% 90% 100%