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Prospective Students


Students considering the CEC Practical Nurse Program must meet the following:
  • Must be a resident of Bernalillo County
  • Must attend an Albuquerque Public School
  • Cumulative grade point of 3.0 or higher
  • Biology (Regular)-Two semesters with a minimum grade of "B" each semester
  • Mathematics- Two years required with a minimum of "B" each year
  • Must be capable of performing essential functions
  • Must be 16 years old by September of year of admission
  • Must take Pre-entrance tests and interview with nursing faculty
  • Must have current immunizations. Will be required to get annual flu vaccine.
  • Must obtain CPR basic life support prior to beginning clinical rotations.

Credit Hours

The successful graduate earns 8.5 Science Elective and Practical Arts high school credits. Completion of the first semester of Anatomy and Physiology theory and successful completion of the first clinical course provides the student with one Strand C Science credit. The APS CEC PN Program earned credit hours are not applicable to post secondary institutions.

Program Teaching Methods

The APS CEC PN Program uses a variety of instructional methods during the five semesters including, but not limited to:

  • lecture
  • demonstration/return demonstration
  • group work
  • projects
  • professional guest speakers
  • clinical experiences
  • computer aided instruction
  • computer based testing
  • Blackboard
  • electronic books
  • presentations
  • field trips