The Nursing program teaches the skills for caring for patients. Earn an Associate of Arts or take refresher courses and pursue work as a Registered Nurse.

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The Nursing program has limited seats. This program requires you to complete a screening process before registering for classes. Learn more about the screening criteria and deadlines from Coordinated Program Entry

Accreditation and Approvals

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Logo

The Associate of Science in Nursing program at Central New Mexico Community College is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
ACEN Website

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.

Program Information

The Nursing program was established to assist with industry shortages by developing a workforce for the local market. Our program is designed to prepare you for employment in the nursing industry and provide advancement opportunities. We focus on concepts of clear communication, critical thinking, and compassion when caring for patients. Our curriculum includes classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinical instruction. The program culminates with a one-on-one practicum experience in real, workforce settings. We combine essential arts and sciences classes with nursing courses.

Our program meets the requirements of the New Mexico State Board of Nursing. Our graduates are qualified to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination. Graduates of the AASN program can then complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing which is offered at the University level.

Graduates can find employment in any healthcare setting.

Nursing Refresher Program 

Nursing Refresher Theory 

The Nurse Refresher Theory class is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses who have been out of the clinical setting and desire to re-enter the clinical workplace; and/or as part of the New Mexico Board of Nursing (BON) requirement for licensure reactivation. The focus of the class is to expand the nurse’s knowledge by applying information related to new technology, current nursing trends, and legal requirements to previously acquired formal education and competency. 

Nurse Refresher Clinical

The 72-80 hour precepted Nurse Refresher Clinical should be performed within four weeks of completion of the Nurse Refresher Theory (online), but no later than six months of the temporary license issuance. Successful completion of both parts of the class is required to receive a certificate of completion. 

For more information on the Nurse Refresher Program, please contact Monica Walters

Related Information

Nursing Student Handbooks

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid Practical Nursing (PN) license, you can receive credit for one course in the Nursing program by filling out the following form:

Credit for Prior Learning (Licensed Practical Nurse)

CNM-UNM Nursing Dual Degree Program

Students interested in the CNM-UNM Nursing Dual Degree Program, visit:

Discover Nursing

Learn about the rewards and challenges of nursing. These videos showcase the many types of nursing careers and the diverse community of nurses.


Top Nursing Degree Jobs

Note: Some jobs require education or training beyond the CNM degree/certificate.

Nursing Program Outcome Data

Learn more about CNM graduate career outcomes for Nursing and other programs.

LICENSURE PASS RATES (by calendar year) 2021 2020 2019
NCLEX-RN™ first attempt pass rates CNM nursing program graduates - aggregated 82.65% 79.63% 83.33%
NCLEX-RN™ first attempt pass rates AASN only 80.25% 76.62% 80.43%
NCLEX-RN™ first attempt pass rates CNM/UNM BSN only 92.31% 87.10% 94.00%
PROGRAM COMPLETION (by academic year) 20/21 19/20 18/19
CNM AASN Program Completion in 100% of program length (four terms) – includes AASN and BSN students 43.44% 43.34 45.42
CNM AASN Program Completion in 150% of program length (six terms) – includes AASN and BSN students 70.14% 73.07% 74.60%
GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT (by academic year) 20/21


CNM Nursing graduates employed 168/210 responses No data 209/242 responses

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