School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)
This program allows qualified licensed practical nurses to complete their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree by entering into the second term of the Nursing (AAS), NMNEC concentration program. Graduates of the program meet the requirements set by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination. Specific terms of licensure can be obtained through the New Mexico Board of Nursing.
The Nursing (NMNEC) option emphasizes a holistic approach that encourages students to embrace the concepts of clear communication, critical thinking and compassion when caring for patients. Our curriculum includes classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinical instruction that combines an essential set of arts and sciences classes with the nursing courses. The AASN program is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.
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Program Entry Registration Screening
This is a “Coordinated Program Entry” program; students must complete a pre-registration screening process administered through the Coordinated Program Entry Office before being eligible to register for program courses.
Other Compliance Requirements
Many of the health programs in HWPS require students to undergo a routine urine drug screen, provide documentation of current immunizations, have a current Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) certificate and other training prior to beginning the program or beginning clinical education, all of which, along with the criminal background check, are verified through the Office of Verification and Compliance.
Students must be in good physical and psychological health. Students may be asked to provide documentation of a recent physical examination. Many health programs require the student to be able to safely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations are made for students with disabilities. However, some disabilities may prohibit students from completing program specific competencies or gaining employment. Students with disabilities that may interfere with completing program competencies are advised to contact the HWPS Office for more information.
Program fees cover costs incurred on behalf of the student for student-issued equipment, background checks, drug screens, etc.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus training sites (i.e. clinical courses at hospitals, internships, etc.).
Approximate Costs of this Educational Option
Financial Aid Considerations
Career and Educational Opportunities
Nursing program graduates find employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health care and physicians’ offices. Practical work under the supervision of registered nurses, physicians, or dentists. Nurses can attain specialty credentials through employment and specialty course offering. CNM nursing students are encouraged to continue their education toward a bachelor of science in nursing degree in order to pursue leadership positions in nursing and in the community. Graduates of the program meet the requirements set by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination.
Graduates of the program meet the requirements set by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN licensing examination.
For the graduation policy refer to the Graduating from CNM section, cnm.edu or the Students tab in my CNM.