Practical Nursing is an excellent choice if you want a career that provides opportunities to change people’s lives. The challenging but fulfilling profession requires compassionate, responsible, and self-directed individuals to work directly with patients under the guidance of a registered nurse or physician. Practical nurses work in diverse patient care settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health care, and hospice. To become a licensed practical nurse in New Mexico, you must complete a practical nursing education program approved by the Board of Nursing and pass the NCLEX-PN exam to get a license to practice. Most programs run for 12 months, but the exact tenure depends on the institution. Your choice of school will influence your employment opportunities, success on the NCLEX-PN, and the ability to transfer credits into an advanced degree program. The school’s accreditation, NCLEX-PN pass rate, and the tuition payment schedule and fees will all help you to make the right decision.
Central New Mexico Community College
The practical nursing program at CNM prepares graduates to meet the nursing industry’s shortage of qualified nurses. Through a combination of classroom instruction and clinical practice, instructors equip students with the skills for entry-level employment and advancement opportunities through ongoing education. Students, who successfully complete the program, receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing that makes them eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. The practical nursing course uses coordinated program entry, which requires applicants to complete a pre-registration screening program to gain eligibility to register for program courses. CNA certification in New Mexico is another requirement for entry into the clinical courses. Other compliance requirements include a routine drug screen, documentation of current immunization, a criminal background check, and CPR for Healthcare Providers. The curriculum covers microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, developmental psychology, health and illness concepts, health care participants, nursing pharmacology, concepts for transition students, professional nursing concepts, clinical intensive, and ADN capstone. The approximate cost of attendance is $9,235.
- Website: https://www.cnm.edu/programs-of-study/all-programs-a-z/nursing
- Address: 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM
- Phone: (505) 224-3000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
Students seeking to enroll in the practical nursing program at Carrington College can choose the Associate of Science degree or the Certificate of Achievement. Both programs equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to care for patients who are experienced well-defined medical problems. The curriculum covers classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory practice, and supervised clinical experiences in local health care facilities. Experienced instructors cover courses in pharmacology, health data collection, pediatrics, nutrition, medical-surgical nursing, maternal child nursing, human growth and development, issues and trends in nursing, mental health concepts, and the application of the nursing process (covered in the clinical practicum). Under the guidance of experienced instructors, students learn to measure vital signs, assist patients with personal hygiene, dress wounds, administer medications, prepare and give injections, and collect samples for laboratory testing at community clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. The AAS degree program is 78 weeks and costs $48,654, and the Certificate program is 48 weeks and costs $31,988.
- Website: http://carrington.edu/degrees/practical-nursing/
- Address: 1001 Menaul Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87107
- Phone: (505) 634-5236
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
Pima Medical Institute
The ADN Nursing program at Pima Medical Institute has a Board-approved exit route for practical nursing licensure. After the first 12 months, students are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN for state licensure as a practical nurse. Students also have the option to complete the program to be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN to become a registered nurse. Accelerated courses in nutrition, pharmacology, growth and development, anatomy and physiology, patient care across lifespan, foundations of human potential, introduction to health care, pathophysiology, and professional transition give students the hard and soft skills to begin a career in health care. Prior to enrollment, prospective students must pass a math test, pre-entrance exam, and Wonderlic test, submit documentation of immunization (MMR, Varicella, Tdap, Hepatitis B, and Flu vaccination), TB screen, and CPR certification. High school transcripts and college transcripts must also be submitted for review. Following acceptance to the program, students must attend a mandatory orientation session, and complete a criminal background check with fingerprinting and a drug screen within the first 4 weeks of the first semester. The approximate cost of the program (for PN certification) is $18,052 for tuition, $1921 for textbooks, and $1,420 for taxes.
- Website: http://pmi.edu/Programs/Associate/Nursing
- Address: 4400 Cutler Ave N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87110
- Phone: (800) 477-7462
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 83.30%
The Career Enrichment Center and Early College Academy
The Career Enrichment Center of Albuquerque Public Schools offers a practical nursing program designed for high school students to transition into college and/or a profession. The two-year program culminates as the student graduates from high school, giving the graduate immediate access to the NCLEX-PN to work a practical nurse or enroll in a degree program to become a registered nurse. The program is accredited by the NLNAC. Applicants must be enrolled at an APS high school with a 2.00 cumulative GPA. Other requirements include a grade “C” or above in mathematics and biology, a passing grade on the pre-entrance test, a personal interview with nursing faculty, and letters of reference. Special requirements include reliable transportation, uniform for labs and clinical experiences, a wristwatch, and textbooks. Courses include an introduction to healthcare, basic nursing skills, anatomy and physiology, nursing ethics, growth and development, interpersonal communication, introduction to pharmacology, CPR, and clinical experiences.
- Website: http://cec.aps.edu/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1375955187353
- Address: 807 Mountain Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
- Phone: (505) 247-3658
- Fax: (505) 848-9421
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: N/A