Associate of Applied Science degree
In addition to the courses listed below for this program of study, students must also complete institutional proficiency of MATH075 that is outlined on page XX to meet all graduation requirements.
General Education Core (17 hours)
Area I. Communications (6 hours)
|ENG111||Freshman Composition I||3 credits|
|ENG115||Freshman Composition II||3 credits|
Area III. Laboratory Science (8 hours)
|BIO217||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4 credits|
|BIO218||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4 credits|
Area IV. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
|PSYC101||Introduction to Psychology||3 credits|
Program Requirements - PN (23 hours)
|NRSG100||Math/Dosage Calculations||1 credits|
|NRSG101||Therapeutic Communication||1 credits|
|NRSG110||Introduction to Nursing/Wellness||5 credits|
|NRSG111||Health Assessment Practicum||2 credits|
|NRSG115||Common Health Problems||5 credits|
|NRSG116||Common Health Problems Practicum||2 credits|
|NRSG118||Family Nursing I||2 credits|
|NRSG119||Family Nursing I Practicum||1 credits|
|NRSG244||Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions I||2 credits|
|NRSG245||Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions II||2 credits|
Program Requirements - RN (19 hours)
|NRSG216||Mental Health Nursing||2 credits|
|NRSG217||Mental Health Nursing Practicum||1 credits|
|NRSG218||Family Nursing II||2 credits|
|NRSG219||Family Nursing II Practicum||1 credits|
|NRSG220||Management of Client Care within the Community||2 credits|
|NRSG222||Transitional Practicum||2 credits|
|NRSG224||Adult Nursing I||2 credits|
|NRSG225||Adult Nursing Practicum||1 credits|
|NRSG234||Adult Nursing II||2 credits|
|NRSG235||Adult Nurisng Practicum II||2 credits|
|NRSG254||Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions III||1 credits|
|NRSG255||Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions IV||1 credits|
Approved Electives (2 hours)
|ANTH103||Introduction to Anthropology||3 credits|
|CHEM111||General Chemistry I||4 credits|
|CSA150||Computer Fundamentals||3 credits|
|NRSG202||Geriatric Nursing||2 credits|
|NRSG241||Pathophysiology I||3 credits|
|NRSG242||Pathophysiology II||3 credits|
|SOC101||Introduction to Sociology||3 credits|
|SPAN101||Beginning Spanish I||3 credits|
|SPAN212||Spanish for Health Professionals||3 credits|
Additional Program Requirement:
The Registered Nurse (RN) ATI Predictor Assessment Test 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. An RN graduate student has until the end of May to schedule their ATI comprehensive predictor. Students who fail the ATI Predictor Assessment must complete an approved NCLEX review course at their expense before retesting for their ATI predictor.
Program Director: Susan OlsonPhone: (505)454-2523
ACCESS Center Personnel
Director: Renee MaestasPhone: (505)454-5355
Advisor: Janice MedranoPhone: (505)454-2546
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.
Practical Nursing Program (level I)
Applicants to the first year (level I) must:
- 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 (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 intent to continue in 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 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.
- 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 a 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.