Associate Degree in Nursing


Programme Description

What's exciting and new about Northern's ADN program?

With our new streamlined ADN curriculum, students can complete the program in just five semesters and be ready for entry-level careers in hospitals, home healthcare organizations, long-term care facilities, private physician's offices and more.

As of Fall 2015, prerequisite courses can be completed in one semester, and all of our courses are fully aligned with New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) statewide. Begin your nursing education today at Northern!

Our Purpose:

The purpose of the NNMC ADN program is to prepare culturally diverse registered nurses who embody professional values and integrate scholarship, integrity, and quality patient-centered care into the art and science of nursing. The ADN program prepares graduates for successful completion of the National Council Licensure Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The ADN program promotes student success through academic advisement, multiple teaching/learning modalities, tutoring, referrals for personal counseling, and remediation services.

Graduates of the ADN program are prepared to continue toward completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Nursing is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the United States. The demand for nurses has never been greater. Nursing offers a wide range of career opportunities working with various populations, from neonatal care to gerontology.


The mission of the ADN program is to provide a quality education that prepares nurses at the advanced beginner level to provide safe, holistic care to clients across the lifespan. The ADN program focuses on admitting and graduating students from the local community. The graduates of the ADN program are role models for others and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.

The concept of educational humanism as found in the writings of Carl Rogers and H.Jerome Freiberg and the philosophy and theory of human caring as developed by nursing theorist Jean Watson, serve as the foundation for the ADN program philosophy and provide the disciplinary, scientific, and professional guidelines within which both faculty members and students learn and grow.


Throughout the course of their ADN studies, students will find that emotional maturity, integrity, discipline, and commitment are qualities essential for success.

Competence in performing nursing procedures, making safe nursing clinical decisions, communicating efficiently and respectfully with others, honesty, and the ability to maintain confidentiality are additional critical attributes that are nurtured and expected of the nursing student. Throughout the two-year course of ADN studies students will develop these critical thinking and technical skills as well as the professional consciousness necessary for entry into advanced beginner nursing practice.

The nursing faculty is committed to providing the collaborative teaching-learning environment that will encourage the development of these skills as well as the opportunities necessary for personal and professional growth.


NNMC has a proud 25-year history of educating associate degree nurses. The NNMC ADN program is the largest educator of associate degree nurses north of Santa Fe and reaching up to the Colorado border, 120 miles away. Annually the ADN program graduates approximately 40 to 50 students with degrees or certificates in nursing (ADN, LPN). The College of Nursing and Health Science’s development over the last five years, with the creation of an RN to BSN completion program, mirrors the collective progress of NNMC.

Historically, the NNMC College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been preparing associate degree nurses to meet the healthcare needs of the community, on both local and national levels, since 1986. To this day, nursing faculty continue to carry on this tradition of excellence in nursing education through the implementation of a rigorous, evidence-based two year associate degree in nursing curriculum that meets New Mexico State Board of Nursing education requirements.

Needless to say, both students and faculty alike are proud of our rich educational heritage and recognized state-of-the-art ADN program.

General Admission Requirements

  1. Graduation from high school or GED.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  3. A minimum total individual score of 67% on the KAPLAN pre-admission examination.
  4. A minimum individual score of 73% in reading on the KAPLAN pre-admission examination.
  5. A minimum individual score of 55% in science on the KAPLAN pre-admission examination.
  6. Submission of a completed nursing application packet by April 30th for fall admission consideration.
  7. Completion of the following pre-requisite coursework by the end of the spring semester prior to anticipated entry into the ADN program with a grade of “C” or better.
  • CHEM 110/L (4)
  • or BIOL 210/L (4)
  • or any other BIOL (4)
  • BIOL 237/L (4)
  • PSY 105 (3)
  • ENG 111 (3)
  • Anatomy and Physiology Courses must be completed within five (5) years prior to entry into the ADN program.
  • All nursing students are expected to have basic computer skills including word processing and internet access.
  • All nursing students must have and maintain current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR) certification and current immunizations prior to participating in clinical nursing courses.
  • Requirements for KAPLAN admission test scores, both total and content-specific, are subject to change.
  • Formal application and acceptance into the nursing program are required before students may enrol in any NURS-prefixed courses listed in the program requirements. Support courses may be taken before entry into the program.
Last updated Dec 2017

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