Nursing (AAS), LPN to RN Mobility Option

These instructions are for the Pre-Registration Screening for the CNM Nursing (AAS), LPN to RN Mobility Option.

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Below are the requirements for completing the pre-registration screening form for the Nursing (AAS), LPN to RN Mobility Option. Once you submit the form and are approved, you will be given permission to register for the program.


  • Minimum Cumulative GPA for General Coursework: 2.0
  • Calculated GPA for Prerequisite Courses: 2.75
  • Entrance Exam: None


Fall 2019  (CNM/UNM Dual Degree)

    • CNM Nursing Screening Dates: May 3, 2019 - July 5, 2019
    • UNM Nursing Application Dates: March 15, 2019 - May 30, 2019

Spring 2020 (CNM/UNM Dual Degree)

  • CNM Nursing Screening Dates: August 9, 2019 - October 4, 2019
  • UNM Nursing Application Dates: June 15, 2019 - September 15, 2019

Summer 2020 (CNM/UNM Dual Degree)

  • CNM Nursing Screening Dates: January 10, 2020 - March 6, 2020
  • UNM Nursing Application Dates: February 15, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Fall 2020  (CNM/UNM Dual Degree)

  • CNM Nursing Screening Dates: TBD
  • UNM Nursing Application Dates: TBD

Forms will open by 9 a.m. (MST) on the Available date.

Forms will close on the deadlines listed at 5 p.m. (MST).

Program Information

  • Seats available in the program: 16
  • Entrance availability: Every term
  • More about the program: Nursing AAS 

Required Coursework

  • AAS Mathematics Requirement 3-4 credit hour(s)
  • ENG 1101: College Writing 3 credit hour(s)
  • BIO 2210: Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credit hour(s)
  • PSY 1105: Introduction to Psychology 3 credit hour(s)
  • BIO 2110: Microbiology 3 credit hour(s)
  • BIO 2192: Microbiology Laboratory 1 credit hour(s)
  • BIO 2710: Pathophysiology I 3 credit hour(s)
  • PSY 2220: Developmental Psychology 3 credit hour(s)

Required courses for the Nursing (AAS), Program are listed in the catalog.

If you are registered in required courses at CNM you will be considered "in progress." These courses must be on your CNM record with a final grade by the end of the term to be eligible to start the program. Courses also must be "in progress" at CNM.

Classes must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. If you do not complete these courses successfully you may lose your seat in the program.

If a course is completed with a grade of "CR" or "Credit", this is equivalent to a grade of "C"

What’s new for Fall 2018 and beyond?

CNM is your partner as you move from the LPN to the RN role. As of Fall, 2018, the prerequisite course progression required to apply have changed. Now, students need only the above listed courses to be complete or in process at the time of application. 

This leaves BIO 2310: Human Anatomy and Physiology II and BIO 2711: Pathophysiology II to be taken with NRSG 1010 and 1015 (term 3) of the program. These two biology classes, as well as the nursing coursework, must be successfully competed with a C or better in order to progress to NRSG 1510, 1520, 1530, and 1535 in term 4. Students who are successful in NRSG coursework but not the biology classes will have to sit out a semester to complete the missing classes and then can be readmitted to the next term’s nursing courses on a space available basis.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Calculated GPA: The CNM Nursing Program is required by the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) to enforce a calculated Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher. Calculated Grade Point Average refers to your GPA in a set of specific courses, in this case the courses listed under "Required Courses" in the CNM Catalog for the Nursing NMNEC Concentration. To calculate your GPA, please visit How to Calculate Your Entry GPA for Nursing.

Cumulative GPA: The CNM Nursing Program also required an overall GPA of 2.0 on all CNM courses. Your cumulative GPA is located at the bottom of your CNM Unofficial Transcript If you have completed less than 16 credit hours at CNM, cumulative GPAs from all other institutions for which you have submitted transcripts will be averaged into your CNM GPA. More information can be found under Grade Point Average (GPA) under Screening Criteria and Guidelines.

Licensing and Credit for Prior Learning

You must have, or be eligible for, a current, unrestricted New Mexico LPN license. You will be asked to provide your license number on your Pre-Registration Screening Form. You will need to confirm that your LPN license is current and unrestricted in the State of New Mexico. Practical nursing licenses from other states may also be considered.

CNM’s nursing program welcomes Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who are interested in completing their Associates of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) which provides the opportunity to sit for the NCLEX-RN™ exam and earn the Registered Nurse (RN) license.

 While the program cannot offer advanced placement into our four-term program, we can offer Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) for LPN licensure. From any CNM registrar’s office, interested students can submit a CPL form for nursing which will earn four (4) nursing credits for NRSG 1015, the clinical class in the first term of the nursing program. There is a $25 fee per processed CPL form.

The next step is dependent on the number of applications received. Upon closure of the cycle, the number of applicants is compared against available seating. If demand is greater than seats, students will be chosen by lottery.

Complete the Following Prior to Screening

  1. Enroll as a CNM student (if you are not already a CNM student). Visit the Registration & Application page.

  2. Receive CNM ID number and CNM email address. Check your email address to make sure it is functioning properly and contact Information Technology Services if you have questions.

  3. If you have attended other colleges/universities, have all transcripts sent to the CNM Records Office and allow time for processing. When evaluation is complete, you will receive an email showing how credits were evaluated.

  4. Check your record in myCNM to make sure the courses (the minimum required courses) are shown with the EXACT course numbers. If you took a similar course that did not transfer over exactly as the CNM required course number, complete an Appeal for Re-Evaluation of Arts and Science Credits Form and submit the form to the CNM Records Office. Course documentation must accompany this form as stated. If the request is approved, the transfer coursework will appear on your CNM transcript, which can be viewed through myCNM.

  5. Confirm that your LPN license is current in the State of New Mexico. You will need to enter your license number on your Pre-Registration Screening form.

Once you complete the form, you will be notified of your form status by CNM email and it is your responsibility to check your CNM account regularly. You will be notified of the date, time, and what courses to register for in the program. If you successfully register for the program, classes will begin in the upcoming term.

Attend Compliance Orientation

If you are successfully registered for the Nursing (AAS), LPN to RN Mobility Option, you must attend a Mandatory Compliance Orientation prior to starting the program. During this orientation specific information will be given regarding what is required for you to get ready for the clinical portion of this program. You will receive an email from with a deadline and a link to sign up for the orientation. For more information on the compliance requirements for this program please visit the Office of Verification and Compliance.

Submit the Form

The Pre-Registration Screening Form is not available at this time. Check the deadlines section of this page for more information.