Our nursing programs provide essential skills for quality patient care. Pursue RN licensure via Associate of Applied Science, LPN licensure via Certificate of Completion, or renew your NM RN/LPN license with our refresher course.

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Prepare for a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at CNM. Our program provides education and training in nursing skills, patient care, and medical knowledge.

Students learn about patient assessment, medications administration, wound care, and supporting patients' hygiene and comfort. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam and pursue careers in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare facilities where they contribute to patient care teams.

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

AASN Program Information

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

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 

The Nurse Refresher program 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.

Nursing Refresher Theory 

The focus of this 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 Vicki Niazi

The Nurse Refresher Program has been approved for WIOA funding.

Accreditation and Approvals

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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.

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 available and the diverse community of nurses. 

Nursing Program Outcome Data

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

LICENSURE PASS RATES (by calendar year) 2022 2021 2020
NCLEX-RN™ first attempt pass rates CNM nursing program graduates - aggregated 79.90% 82.65% 79.63%
NCLEX-RN™ first attempt pass rates AASN only 75.68% 80.25% 76.62%
NCLEX-RN™ first attempt pass rates CNM/UNM BSN only 93.48% 92.31% 87.10%
PROGRAM COMPLETION (by academic year) 21/22 20/21 19/20
CNM AASN Program Completion in 100% of program length (four terms) – includes AASN and BSN students 51.97% 43.44% 43.34
CNM AASN Program Completion in 150% of program length (six terms) – includes AASN and BSN students 89.96% 70.14% 73.07%
GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT (by academic year) 21/22 20/21 19/20
CNM Nursing graduates employed pending 168/210 responses No data