Department Chair: McIntire
Professor: Kuthe, McIntire
Associate Professors: Nicholson, Schad
Assistant Professor: Escobedo
Western New Mexico University offers a two year nursing program leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the licensure examination for Registered Nurses.
The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at Western New Mexico University is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY10006, telephone (212)363-5555, extension 153. The Nursing Program at WNMU is approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing, 4206 Louisiana NE, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87109, telephone (505) 841-8340. It is a limited enrollment program. All students interested in applying for admission must first be admitted to WNMU as specified in the Western New Mexico University catalog. Students may then contact the Department of Nursing Faculty to apply for admission to the program. All students admitted to the nursing program must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative college grade point average. Students planning to apply for the program are encouraged to enroll in supporting courses if they are not accepted into the program. The number of supporting courses completed is also considered in the student selection process in May.
Students who have been convicted of a felony involving immoral behavior or substance abuse may not be eligible for licensure in New Mexico. Any individual who has a felony conviction should contact the New Mexico Board of Nursing prior to enrolling in the WNMU Nursing Program. If during the two year program, a student is unable to complete a clinical rotation because he/she is excluded from a facility for criminal record, he/she will not be able to complete the program.
LPN to RN Completion
Licensed Practical Nurses may be admitted to the Nursing Program with advanced standing on a space-available basis. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Completion of the admission requirements for the Nursing Program.
2. The student must be a graduate of an approved school of practical nursing.
3. The student must hold an active license to practice nursing in New Mexico.
4. The student must have completed or received transfer credit for the supporting courses required in the first year of the Nursing Program.
5. Students must submit transcripts to the Admissions Office at WNMU when applying for admission. The transcripts will be reviewed by the Admissions Director and the Department Chair.
6. Students who have graduated from a state approved school of practical nursing must submit their transcripts for review.
7. The student must complete the Nursing Articulation course with a grade of C or better prior to enrollment in the second year nursing courses. Acceptance into the Nursing Articulation Course is on a space-available basis.
NURSING STUDENT SELECTION
Supporting Courses (Completion with a grade of C or better):
COURSE Selection Points English 101 4 Math 111 4 Psychology 102 4 Psychology 301 4 Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 254) 6 Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 255) 6 Chemistry 121 6 Biology 371 6 Nutrition and Diet Therapy (WELL 300) 6
Recommended Electives (no selection points)
Sociology 101 or 102
Student cumulative G.P.A. is also added into the selection formula. Selection is made randomly by a computer program.
CREDIT FOR HEALTH CARE EXPERIENCE
0-1 yr 1-5 yr 5 + yrs First Aid Course 1 cr. 0 cr. 0 cr. Certified Nursesí Aide 2 3 4 EMT 2 3 4 Paramedic 2 3 4
Number of supporting courses completed, college GPA and health care work experience will be considered in the student selection process.
The deadline for receipt of application forms for the Department of Nursing is May 1st. Transcripts must be in the Admissions Office by April 1st of each year. Student selection will be completed by May 30th.
Current CPR Card
Proof of immunity of rubella (German Measles) and rubeola (measles)
Negative TB skin test or chest X-ray
ADN PROGRAM CURRICULUM (72 cr. hrs.)
Prerequisite: Minimum G.P.A. 2.5 and CMPS 160 or one semester of High School Computer Science.
Fall Cr. Hrs. Spring Cr. Hrs. Year 1 Year 2 Fundamentals of Nursing Medical-Surgical I (NUR 101) 6 (NUR 150) 8 Chemistry 121 4 Nutrition/Diet Therapy (WELL 300) 3 Anatomy & Physiology I Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 255) 4 (BIOL 254) 4 MATH 111 3 Pharmacology (NUR 170) 3 17 18
Summer Summer Year 1 Year 1 Psychology 102 3 Articulation (LPNís only) English101 3 (NUR 160) 3 6 Psychology 301 3 6
Year 2 Year 2 Maternal-Newborn Nursing Mental Health (8 wks) (NUR 200) 5 (NUR 260) 6 Pediatric Nursing (NUR 210) 5 Medical-Surgical II (8 wks) Biology 371 4 (NUR 270) 6 Health Care Issues/Trends 2 12 (NUR 250) 16
Students must complete all course work with a grade of C or better to progress through the program. Students planning to major in nursing must see a member of the nursing faculty for advisement and registration.