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Nursing - AAS


Luna Community College Department of 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 2019-2021 Catalog. For other catalogs, please see Catalogs

Minimum of 71 Credit Hours

Prerequisites for Nursing Program (25 credit hours)
BIOL2210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL2210L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
BIOL2225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL2225L Human Antmy & Physiology II Lab 1
BIOL2510 Pathophysiology I 4
ENGL1110 Composition I 3
PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC2120 Developmental Psychology 3
Choose One + Lab (4 credit hours)
BIOL1110 General Biology 3
BIOL1110L General Biology Lab 1
BIOL2610 Principles of Biology: Biodiversity 3
BIOL2610L Principles of Biology: Biodiversity Lab 1
CHEM1120 Introduction to Chemistry(Non-Majors) 3
CHEM1120L Introduction to Chemistry Lab(Non-Majors) 1
CHEM1215 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM1215L General Chemistry I Lab 1

General Education Core (6 credit hours)
ENGL1120 Composition II 3
MATH1350 Introduction to Statistics 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:

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

NMNEC Curriculum Student Handbook 2020 - 2021
Nursing Program Estimated Costs
Admission Packets Fall 2021

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 Associate Degree Nursing Program at Luna Community College located in Las Vegas, 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 Associate Degree nursing program is: continuing accreditation.

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

ACEN logo

Admission and Selection Criteria

The TEAS admission exam is being offered on campus. Dates are available now until the first Friday in June.
Please contact Yvonne Pina to sign up at

Admission to the Nursing Program at LCC provides for equal opportunities, rights, privileges, and responsibilities. However, it is important to recognize that as a nursing student, one must also abide by requirements and accept responsibilities required by the nursing profession. The faculty of the department has an established commitment to provide students with direction, instruction, and advisement. However, the student must make a commitment to contribute to his/her own learning process.

  1. All students must apply for admission to LCC through Admissions office.
  2. Students interested in applying to the Nursing Program should then meet with an advisor for information regarding the Nursing Program.
  3. Students interested in applying to the Nursing Program must get a nursing packet/application from the nursing department (in person, by mail or Luna website). The application must be completed and submitted to the nursing department by the second Friday of June (application deadline).
  4. Students must have taken and passed the ATI-TEAS entrance exam prior to the established due date and within one academic year of applying to the program. Note: only three attempts are allowed per academic year (a fourth attempt will be allowed if a student is within 0.5 points of passing a section and has met the requirements in the other two sections).
  5. 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. All Science courses must be taken within 7 years of application. (Candidates who are lacking 1 pre-requisite course, and have passed the TEAS entrance exam, and have a GPA greater than 2.75, may petition in writing to the director for an exception to complete one (1) course in the summer prior to admission. These candidates will be given academic provisional acceptance until the course is completed and passed with a “C” or better). Provisional Candidates will be ranked after all other qualified applicants
  6. Must submit official high school and college/university transcripts to LCC prior to the application deadline. 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.
  7. The selection process for the Nursing Program begins after receipt of the student’s application to the nursing department by the second Friday of June. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the nursing department of any change of address or telephone number, or other information affecting the student’s application.
  8. Nursing student candidate selection will be made approximately two weeks after the applications are due, unless otherwise specified. 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 admission status for all applicants.
  9. The following chart 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 ***The overall entrance exam score will be multiplied by 50%, in order to determine the total points earned out of the 50 possible points available.

Note: a cut score of 58.7% or better is required per NMNEC Policy.

***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. Must achieve a minimum score for Math 68.6, Reading 72.4, and Science 57.2. The sum of the scores achieved will be divided by 3, then multiplied by 10%, to determine the total points earned out of 10 possible points available.

*** Please note that the minimum score does not guarantee admission to the program.
40% Grade Point Average (GPA) The GPA will be calculated using the 5 course grades (see below for courses). GPA is calculated for the 5 courses, divided by 40%, then multiplied by 100 to determine the total points earned out of the 40 possible points available.

Note: A GPA of 2.75 or higher is required per NMNEC Policy.

Calculated with the Following Supporting Courses:

BIOL2210 Human Anatomy & Phys 1

One of the following Basic Lab Sciences (BIOL1110, BIOL2610, CHEM1120, or CHEM1215)

ENGL1110 Freshman Comp I
PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC2120 Developmental Life Span

***Please note that the minimum GPA of 2.75 does not guarantee admission to the program.

10.. 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 in order of ranking from high to low.
11. The selection committee will consist of five non-nursing faculty and staff that will make the final selection for admission.
12. The selection committee’s decision is final.
13. The selection committee will only review students applications who meet the criteria indicated above.

Students with Disabilities

Nursing is a profession in which members must be licensed to provide care for patients. Therefore, it is necessary that candidates for such professional licensure demonstrate certain levels of academic knowledge and physical competency. A number of nursing activities require varying levels of physical stamina for handling and assisting clients. It is imperative that the safety of the clients and students be maintained.

If you are a student with a documented disability in need of ADA accommodations, it is your responsibility to declare your disability with the Accessibility Office in the Student Success Center. You will need to provide appropriate documentation from a licensed educational diagnostician, medical physician or mental health provider.

The nursing department will make every attempt to make reasonable accommodations to the student with documented disabilities processed through the Student Success Center.

Transfer Policy

Students in a NMNEC Nursing program wishing to transfer into the LCC Nursing Program while in progress must do the following:

  • Apply for admittance to LCC on-line 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 and the expiration time for science courses is waived).
  • 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 out-lined below under General Policies.
  • Attend student orientation on the date specified by the Nursing Department.

Students who have failed more than one NMNEC course within two years must appeal in writing, and in person, to a faculty committee. Student must obtain a letter from the former program director verifying that the issue(s) were academic and not behavioral.

NMNEC core nursing courses expire after 2 years.

Students transferring to LCC in the 4th semester of the NMNEC Nursing Program will be allowed to waive up to 5 credits for degree residency. This will be approved on a case by case basis by the Nursing department

LPN Mobility Policy

This policy provides a pathway for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to enter the NMNEC ADN curriculum and receive credit for prior learning.

  1. Obtain advisement from Nursing Student Success Coach (505-454-2526).
  2. Get admitted to LCC (See LCC Admissions Office for process).
  3. Meet the NMNEC curricular pre-requisite criteria (expiration time for science is waved)
  4. Complete the ATI-Fundamentals Exam and score Level 2 or higher in two attempts.
  5. Satisfactory demonstration of skills. Including medication administration, dosage calculation, medical asepsis, NG tube placement.
  6. Complete “NMNEC Introduction to Nursing Concepts Credit-for-Prior Learning” On-line module with a score of 77% or higher in one attempt.
  7. Upon meeting the admission criteria, stated above, the student will receive credit-for prior-learning for NMNEC Level 1 courses, “Principles of Nursing Practice (NMNC 1135/4cr)” and “Introduction to Nursing Concepts (NMNC 1110/3cr)” and enter into Level 2 of the NMNEC ADN degree program based upon available space. Note that there is a fee associated with receiving course credit.
  8. In the event that the LPN meets all admission criteria, but does not pass the “NMNEC Introduction to Concepts” module, she/he will receive credit-for-prior-learning for “Principles of Nursing Practice (NMNC1135/4cr)” and will enter into NMNEC ADN Level 1 program and take “Introduction to Nursing Concepts (NMNC 1110/3cr)” based on available space.
  9. If the LPN chooses to complete Level 1 in its entirety, the TEAS admission exam, and the science course expiration will be waved. Additionally, the ATI fundamentals exam will be waved. All Pre-requisite course must been taken and passed with a C prior to entry into Level 1.

The acceptance of repeat students, LPN Mobility students, and transfer students will take place in the following order:

  1. LCC Nursing students needing to repeat a level will be given first precedence, and will be ranked according to their GPA for the 5 GPA weighted admission courses.

  2. LPN’s entering the program to complete an Associate’s Degree in Nursing will be given second precedence, and ranked according to their GPA for the 5 GPA weighted admission courses.

  3. Transfer students entering the LCC Nursing Program will be given third precedence, and will be ranked according to their GPA for the 5 GPA weighted admission courses.

    Repeat students, LPN Mobility students, and transfer students need to submit a letter of intent to the Director of Nursing by August 1st of each academic year for consideration.

Student Achievement Data

LCC Program Outcomes (AAS Program) 2020 2019 2018
NCLEX-RN 1st attempt pass rates @ LCC 83.3% 85% 95.24%
Program Completion (in four terms – 100% of program length) 53% 75% 66.6%
Student Completion (in six terms – 150% of program length) 100% 100% 75%
Employment Rate 100% 95% 94%