Nursing Frequently Asked Questions
- Starting in spring 2014, CNM will offer the common New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) curriculum. Visit the NMNEC website to read more.
- View the new program in the 2013-2014 Catalog, available in April 2013.
- There will no longer be an application process. Instead, students who meet the requirements can register for nursing courses.
- Students may have the opportunity to pursue Bachelors in Nursing from UNM concurrently as they earn their Associates Degree in Nursing. (Note: This option is only available to students who enter the program in Spring and Fall terms. Students must meet all of UNM’s Bachelors of Science in Nursing requirements)
- There will no longer be an application form. Instead, register for Nursing courses on your registration date and time. For summer 2014, your registration date and time will be in March or April 2014
NRSG 1010 and 1015 will not have waitlists for the upcoming Summer 2014 term registration. Once these courses are full, registration will proceed as it does for any other non-waitlisted course. If a seat becomes available, qualified students will have an option of registering for the classes. NRSG 1010 and 1015 must be entered at the same time when registering. Successful registration is subject to additional GPA and HESI score verification to ensure that all enrollees have met the minimum entry criteria.
- Students who want to enter in the Nursing program in Fall 2014 must complete an online . Students will be screened for the minimum requirements for the Nursing program.
- Students who submit an online Pre-Registration Screening Form and who meet the minimum requirements will be given approval to register for the 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 you register successfully for NRSG 1010 and NRSG 1015, you will begin Level 1 of the CNM Nursing Program.
- BIO 2310 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and PSY 2220 Developmental Psychology are Pre- or Co-requisites for NRSG 1010. If you do not have them completed at the time of registration, you will need to register for these courses, before you will be allowed to register for the NRSG classes. Students can register for BIO 2310 and PSY 2220 before adding NRSG 1010 and 1015 or just put in all the CRN’s at the same time.
Two steps prior to registering for NRSG 1010 and 1015
- Prerequisite Courses
Complete the following classes (shown in "Required Courses (1 or 2 Terms)" in the Catalog) with a “C” or better and a 2.75 calculated GPA
- AAS Mathematics Requirement (MATH 1330 Recommended)
- BIO 2110 - Microbiology
- BIO 2192 - Microbiology Laboratory
- BIO 2210 - Anatomy and Physiology I
- ENG 1101 - College Writing
- IT 1010 - Introduction to Computers
- PSY 1105 - Introduction to Psychology
Important notes about courses (updated 3-13-2014)
- Learn how to calculate your GPA for this set of classes.
- You may register while in progress with these classes, but must finish them with a “C” or better and calculated GPA of 2.75 to keep your seat.
- For the NMNEC Curriculum BIO 2210, BIO 2310, and BIO 2110 No longer expire after 5 years. Students who took these courses over 5 years ago can register for the program.
- If you have CLEP or AP credit for any of these courses, or have taken the IT 1010 challenge exam and received a passing score, you have “met” the requirement. 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 when evaluation is complete. Grades for transferred classes will be used in the GPA calculation.
- If you took a similar course at another school and it did not transfer in exactly as the CNM required course, you will need to contact the Academic School in which the course is housed to request a course substitution
- Nursing courses earned at CNM or other NMNEC schools are good for three years
- Read about courses to take while you wait to enter the program.
- HESI A2 entrance exam (Updated 1-6-2014)
- Entrance in the Nursing Program in summer 2014
- HESI entrance exam with a minimum score of 75% in each area and a cumulative score of 75% for Math, Grammar, Reading and Vocabulary
- We will honor the “CNM” HESI A2 (which is Grammar, Vocabulary, Math, and Reading) for registration through the summer semester
- Entrance in the Nursing Program in Fall 2014 and beyond
- HESI entrance exam with a minimum score of 75% in each area and a cumulative score of 75% for Math, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Chemistry and Biology
- In the Fall of 2014 we will be in alignment with UNM and NMSU with the addition of the Biology and Chemistry sections. The HESI is testing for High School proficiencies
- You can take the HESI exam at CNM’s Workforce Training Center.
- Beginning January 2014, the only HESI A2 that will be offered at the WTC is the “NMNEC HESI” which aligns with our university partners.
- Students may retake the HESI exam after 45 days, and should sign up for a test date that says “HESI A2 EXAM 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 registering for NRSG 1010 and NRSG 1015.
- “NMNEC HESI” scores are good for one year. The test must be within the one year timeframe at the time of registration.
- If you took the HESI A2 exam at another school and wish to use that score, you must contact HESI directly at 1 (800) 950-2728 and ask to have your score sent to the CNM Nursing Program at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Physical exam
Students will be given instructions for how to complete these requirements during the first week of classes.
Visit the Office of External 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.
If you meet the requirements to register for NRSG 1010 and NRSG 1015, but the courses are filled, here are suggested courses to take while you wait to enter the program.
CNM Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree requirements
If you complete these courses before entering NRSG 1010 + 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 2710 - Pathophysiology I
- BIO 2711 - Pathophysiology II
- PSY 2220 - Developmental Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) requirements (Updated 1-29-2014)
If you are considering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), these courses are also required for a BSN. They will transfer to New Mexico State University (NMSU) and The University of New Mexico (UNM) Nursing Programs, and meet BSN graduation requirements
- BIO 2710 - Pathophysiology I
- CHEM 1410 - Introduction to Chemistry (or higher)
- CHEM 1492 - Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory (or higher)
- COMM 1130 – Public Speaking
- ENG 1102 - Analytic and Argumentative Writing
- Fine Arts 3 credits
- Foreign Language Electives 3 credit hours
- Humanities Requirements 6 credit hours
- MATH 1330 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics
- NUTR 2110 - Human Nutrition
- PSY 2220 - Developmental Psychology
- Social Science Requirements 3 credit hours
To learn more about pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in New Mexico, visit the NMNEC website. Students are also encouraged to meet with a University Advisor.
- Review the Catalog for course requirements.
- Attend an information session for the School of Health, Wellness, and Public Safety (HWPS).
- Meet with a Student Services Academic Advisor to make an academic plan.
Be sure you have filled out CNM’s general scholarship application first. There are foundation scholarships that are just for nursing students.
- Florence Nightingale Scholarship
- Nursing Scholarship
- Johnson & Johnson Discover Nursing
- NM Higher Education Department
- American Assembly for Men in Nursing
- Rotary Scholarship (Rio Rancho Residents and Graduates)
- Yes!, Go to hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/ for more information.