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Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

 

Entering the CNM Nursing Program

Updated: 6-26-2018

Students who want to enter in the Nursing program must complete an online Pre-Registration Screening Form. Students will be screened for the minimum requirements for the CNM nursing program.

Students who submit an online Pre-Registration Screening Form and who meet the CNM minimum requirements will be given approval to register for the CNM Nursing program. If approved, students will be notified of the specific date and time to register. All students who meet the minimum requirements will have an equal opportunity to register for the program. If demand for the program exceeds the available space, students will be placed in a lottery.

Entering the CNM-UNM Dual Degree Program

Updated: 6-26-2018

The CNM-UNM Dual Degree Program is a partnership between CNM and the University of New Mexico (UNM) to make it possible for a CNM student to obtain an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree that leads directly to counts towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Beginning for Fall 2015 entry, students who wish to be considered for the CNM-UNM Dual Degree Program will be required to submit an application to the UNM College of Nursing through NursingCAS as well as a CNM Pre-Registration Screening Form.

Ranking is based on HESI Scores (cumulative score) and GPA (of prerequisite courses). The UNM College of Nursing will then select the students for the UNM-CNM Cohort. The College of Nursing will notify students directly of their acceptance or non-acceptance into the Dual Degree Program.

Questions regarding the CNM-UNM dual degree Application can contact the UNM College of Nursing at (505) 272-4223 or visit their website at nursing.unm.edu.

Requirements to Enter the Nursing Program

Updated: 6-26-2018

GPA

Students are required to have a CNM Cumulative GPA of 2.0 to enter the program. If you have less than 16 credit hours complete at CNM, please visit the Coordinated Program Entry Office page.

Required Prerequisite Courses

Students are required to have the following courses In Progress at CNM or completed with a "C" or better and a 2.75 calculated GPA:

  • ENG 1101 - College Writing (or ENG 1102)
  • PSY 1105 - Introduction To Psychology
  • PSY 2220 - Developmental Psychology
  • AAS Mathematics Requirement (MATH 1330 Recommended)
  • BIO 2110 - Microbiology
  • BIO 2192 - Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIO 2210 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 2710 - Pathophysiology I

* It is recommended that students meet with an Academic Advisor/ School Academic Advisor to discuss In Progress courses.

Note: BIO 2310 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II and BIO 2711 - Pathophysiology II can be taken concurrently with NRSG 1010 and 1015. Students do have the option of taking these two courses as pre-requisites, but the grades will not be calculated into the pre-requisite GPA.

Transcript re-evaluation

If you took a similar course at another school and it did not transfer in exactly as the CNM required course, complete a transcript re-evaluation form and submit it to the CNM Records Office.

Course documentation must accompany this form as stated. If the request is approved, then the transfer coursework will appear on a student's CNM transcript, which can be viewed through MyCNM.

Notes About required prerequisite courses

Updated 6-26-2018

  • Learn how to calculate your GPA for this set of classes.
  • 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 will lose your seat in the program for the offered term. These students are welcome to apply again in a future term. If a course is completed with a grade of "CR" or "Credit", this is equivalent to a grade of "C."
  • In Progress courses will not be considered from other institutions, but can be considered for transfer credit after the course has been completed and an official transcript has been submitted to the CNM Records Office.
  • PSY 1105 Introduction to Psychology must be taken before PSY 2220, Developmental Psychology.
  • BIO 2110 Microbiology and BIO 2192 Microbiology Lab must be taken before BIO 2710 Pathophysiology I. BIO 2210 and BIO 2710 can be taken concurrently.
  • For the nursing program, coursework does not expire. Students who took these courses over 5 years ago can register for the program. For classes over 10 years ago, it is recommended to refresh that knowledge to promote your success.
  • If you have CLEP or AP credit for any of these pre-requisite courses, you have met the requirement. However, you need to insure that those scores have been sent to CNM's registrar and must appear on your CNM transcript. The course(s) will not be included in the GPA calculation.
  • To transfer classes from other schools, have your transcripts sent to Academic Records Office to be evaluated. You will receive an email at your CNM.edu account when evaluation is complete. Grades for transferred classes will be used in the GPA calculation. Transferred courses must be listed on your CNM transcript exactly matching CNM nursing program requirements.
  • Nursing courses earned at CNM or other NMNEC schools are good for two years.
  • Read about courses to take while you wait to enter the program.

 

HESI A2 entrance exam

Updated 6-26-2018

You can take the HESI exam at CNM's Workforce Training Center.

HESI entrance exam with a minimum cumulative score of 75% and a minimum score of 75% in each of the following areas: Math, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Chemistry and Biology. The HESI is testing for High School proficiencies.

Students may retake the HESI exam after 45 days, and should sign up for a test date that says "NMNEC HESI A2 RETAKE." You are only allowed to take the test twice in any twelve month period. The second attempt must be a minimum of 45 days after the first attempt. The third attempt may be scheduled one year after the second attempt.

The exam must be completed with the minimum scores prior to submitting a Pre-Registration Screening Form.

HESI A2 scores are good for one year. All passing scores must be from the same exam attempt. The test must be within the one year time frame at the time of screening form submission.

If you took the HESI A2 exam at another school and wish to use that score, you must contact HESI directly at (800) 950-2728 and ask to have your score sent to the CNM Nursing Program at: cpe@cnm.edu.

Registering for the Nursing Program

Updated: 6-26-2018

When you register successfully for NRSG 1010 and NRSG 1015, you will begin Level 1 of the CNM Nursing Program.

BIO 2310: Anatomy and Physiology II and BIO 2711 Pathophysiology II are pre/co-requisites for NRSG 1010. If you do not have these courses completed at the time of registration, you will need to register for these courses at the same time or before you register for nursing classes. NOTE: Please do not register for these two science classes if they meet on Thursday or Friday. This could cause a course conflict the last five weeks of the semester. 

Requirements for Students Registered in the Nursing Program or the CNM-UNM Dual Degree Program

Updated: 6-26-2018

After you enroll in NRSG 1010 and NRSG 1015, you will need to complete credentialing requirements which include (but are not limited to):

  • Drug screen
  • Criminal background check
  • Immunizations
  • Physical exam

Students will be given instructions for how to complete these requirements during a mandatory compliance orientation session.

Visit the Office of Verification and Compliance website to learn more. Students who do not successfully complete items by stated deadlines will be dropped from the Nursing Program.

Students should review the list of functional abilities in the Nursing Program Handbook. If you have concerns or want to request accommodations, contact the Nursing Program Director (505) 224-4111.

Courses to Take Prior to Entering the Nursing Program

Updated: 6-26-2018

If you complete these courses before entering NRSG 1010 and NRSG 1015, you will have a lighter course load while you are in the program. These courses are required to graduate from the program.

BIO 2310 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 2711 - Pathophysiology II

If you are considering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), these courses are also required for a BSN.

They will transfer to any state university in New Mexico. These include:

Additional BSN graduation requirements include:

To learn more about pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in New Mexico, visit the NMNEC website. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a university or college advisor.

Where to Go with Questions About the Nursing Program 

Updated: 6-26-2018

Nursing Scholarship Resources

Updated: 6-26-2018

Be sure you have filled out CNM's general scholarship application first. There are foundation scholarships that are just for nursing students.

Loan Repayment Programs

Updated: 6-26-2018

There are loan repayment programs available:

LPN Options and Information

Updated: 6-26-2018

This program allows qualified licensed practical nurses to complete their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree by entering into the first term of the nursing program. At this time, LPNs do not have to take the HESI A2 entrance exam. To date, students have been able to enter on demand, but this program does have limited entry.

Students who want to enter in the Nursing program must complete an online Pre-Registration Screening Form. Students will be screened for the minimum requirements for the CNM nursing program. Students who meet the CNM minimum requirements will be given approval to register for the CNM Nursing program. If approved, students will be notified of the specific date and time to register. All students who meet the minimum requirements will have an equal opportunity to register for the program. If demand for the program exceeds the available space, students will be placed in a lottery.

With the exception of the entry exam, students have the same entry requirements as the AASN students as listed above.

For now, LPNs are encouraged to complete AASN prerequisites, and to make an appointment with HWPS School Advisor.

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