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New Office Creates New Process for Admission into Limited Entry

The recent launch of the Office of Limited Entry Programs has ushered in a new era at CNM, one that will provide students with a clearer, more consistent path to entering programs that either have limited space for students or require a certain level of certifications or skills.

Sep 07, 2016

April 2011

Kelsey Gross
The recent launch of the Office of Limited Entry Programs has ushered in a new era at CNM, one that will provide students with a clearer, more consistent path to entering programs that either have limited space for students or require a certain level of certifications or skills.

"(The Office of Limited Entry Programs) will partner with existing student services, including Academic Advisement and Career Development and CNM Connect, to support students before, during and after they apply for a limited entry program," said Kelsey Gross, the Coordinator for the Office of Limited Entry Programs.

Programs that will fall under the guidelines of the Office of Limited Entry Programs beginning in December 2011 include: Alternative Teacher Licensure; Biotechnology; Cosmetology; Dental Assisting; Diagnostic Medical Sonography; Paramedic; Health Information Technology; Medical Lab Technician; Nursing (LPN, AASN, LPN-Mobility); Pharmacy Technician; Radiologic Technology; Respiratory Therapy; and Veterinary Technology.

More programs could be added to the list of limited entry programs in 2012.

"Students will know far in advance the process and requirements for applying to these limited entry programs," Ms. Gross said.

The new application process for these programs will be based on students' academic preparation, personal skills and knowledge of the career field they plan to enter – having a good foundation in all three of these areas has proven to increase a student's chances to graduate and succeed in the related profession.

While developing the Office of Limited Entry Programs, CNM benchmarked 25 institutions, reviewing successful admissions processes that lead to greater student success in programs that require their own application process due to limited space or additional requirements.

All of the programs at CNM identified as "limited entry" programs will admit students into these programs based on a new point system. While there will be some uniformity among programs, the point system is meant to be flexible in order to accommodate the differences in programs. Faculty from each program will select the point-system criteria.

Academically, programs may award points for grade point average, a pre-entry exam score, or completion of program courses beyond the prerequisites. Points will also be awarded for personal skills and experiences that have been proven to enhance a student's probability for succeeding both in the program and in the workplace. Programs can award points for essay questions, completion of the College Success Experience (CSE) 1101course, or completion of the Professional Skills course for programs in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety.

A third category that students will earn points for is career knowledge and experience. Programs may award points for work or volunteer experience related to the program, completion of a career development course (CSE 1120) or a career exploration project through the Academic Advisement and Career Development office. Programs can also choose to award points for completion of the 1010 level course in the major, if available.

"This new point system is tied to research and a student's probability for success," Ms. Gross said. "It will help us identify students who are ready to enter their chosen program. We anticipate that students will be more successful in these programs because of this new process, and employers in the community will be able to hire more CNM graduates who are ready to excel in the workplace."

Students who don't get accepted into a limited entry program will receive guidance and support from the Office of Limited Entry Programs.

"We will help the students find a path, whether it's the path to the limited entry program they originally selected or a new path," Ms. Gross said. "The student might be able to improve their prospects for being accepted into the original program of their choice, or they might be better suited for a different program. I'm looking forward to working with the students and helping them find the right path to meet their goals."

The Office of Limited Entry Programs will collect and analyze data on the new process for each program, and measure the results as they relate to student success. Students will also be able to apply online through the Office of Limited Entry Programs website.
More information on the Office of Limited Entry Programs is available at www.cnm.edu/limitedentry. For more information, contact Kelsey Gross at Ext. 4103 or at kgross2@cnm.edu.