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New Applicants/Prospective Students

Applicant Process

This page describes the application process for the Practical Nursing Program. There are requirements to get into the program. Students are evaluated using a rubric throughout the application process. Students earn points based on the rubric and the top 35 students are selected into the program.

applicant resources

Downloadable forms are being updated and will be posted here soon.


CEC Practical Nursing Program

The first step is for the applicant to apply to the nursing program. In the spring semester, CEC recruiters are at all of the comprehensive high schools during registration. There is a deadline and applications will not be accepted after that date. Applicants should look in CEC's online catalog for deadlines.

Once an application is received at the CEC, the applicant's current APS transcript is reviewed. The transcript is examined to see if the applicant meets the following criteria:

  • 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 have current immunizations. Will be required to get COVID and annual flu vaccine.
  • Must obtain CPR basic life support prior to the start of the fall semester.

If all requirements are met, the applicant is sent an email stating that he/she is a qualified applicant. This is the entire application process. If any section of the scoring rubric is incomplete, the applicant becomes disqualified. Materials must be submitted according to deadlines and applicants must be on time for appointments. Once the process is complete, scores are compiled to select the incoming Junior Nursing class. The successful applicant will be notified by PERSONAL email and will receive information that will need to be completed and returned by a specified date in the summer.