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2011 - 2012 CNM Catalog June 2011, Volume 44 
2011 - 2012 CNM Catalog June 2011, Volume 44 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Nursing, Associate of Applied Science

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Program Description

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) 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.

Nursing courses emphasize a holistic approach to client care utilizing the concepts of communication, critical thinking/nursing process, caring and competence.

The curriculum for this program includes classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinical instruction which integrate the required arts and sciences courses with the nursing courses. The AASN program is accredited through the National League gfor Nursing Accrediting Commission.343 Peachtreee Rd. NE, Suite 850m Atlanta, GA 30326.

Special Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program is designated as a Limited Entry Program at CNM. Students who wish to pursue these degrees will need to apply and be accepted before they can start the program. Students who will apply in fall 2011 should refer to the Nursing Program Website for information about the application process and admission criteria.

Students who wish to apply in spring 2012 or later should refer to the Office of Limited Entry Programs for information on selection criteria, and deadlines, which will be different from those used in 2011.

 See Additional Special Requirements of Nursing Programs 

Career and Educational Opportunities

AASN Graduates find employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health care and physicians’ offices. 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 and obtain specialty credentials.

Exit competencies for this program of study are available at

For the graduation policy refer to the Moving On  section. 

Special Notes

After students are accepted into the program through the Office of Limited Entry Programs, requirements for entering clinical courses are:

Demonstrated competence in Basic Patient Care skills. Students accomplish this by successfully demonstrating the skills at a Competency Check-Off Session, completing the NA or NAHA courses at CNM, have a current NM CNA Certification or complete Nursing 223 at the University of New Mexico. The skills competence must be current, meaning completed no more than 18 months before the student’s start date for Check-Offs OR 24 months for the NA or NAHA class. Specific details of these requirements will be mailed to students upon successful acceptance to the program.  Program Proficiencies



Students must demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by placement scores  or specific course work.

Required Program Courses


**Must be completed within five years of applying; will accept BIO 2710  and BIO 2711  (Pathophysiology I and II) in lieu of re-taking Anatomy and Physiology I and II.

Required Sequence of Courses

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing 72 credit hour(s)

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