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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 100 point rubric throughout the application process. Students earn points based on the rubric and the top 50 students are selected into the program; twenty-five students in session one and twenty-five students in session two.

Apply for the Practical Nursing Program

Go to the CEC Application web page

1. Create an account

2. Login from email

3. Create Password

4. Save

5. Click on Nursing Tab

6. Apply for AM or PM session

7. Download 3 forms for references  Updated Teacher Reference Letter.doc

8. Email reference letters to:  OR  mail to: Pat Kious, CEC Nursing Program, 807 Mountain Rd NE, Albq, NM  87102

9. Apply before March 9, 2018

10. Testing at CEC on April 7

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 the 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 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.

If all requirements are met, the applicant is sent a letter stating that he/she is qualified along with three reference letter forms that must be filled out by the applicant's current Science, Math, and English teachers. The reference letters must be returned by the stated deadline.

The next part of the process is testing. Testing takes place at the CEC on a Saturday from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM; dates are in the catalog. No calculators or cell phones are allowed during the testing times. On the testing day, applicants will sign up for an interview appointment and will receive instructions on what information is required regarding a written essay. Applicants will write an essay at CEC prior to their interview.

Interviews take place on a Saturday between 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the CEC. Applicants should plan to arrive early for the interview, look professional, and anticipate spending about 30-45 minutes for the entire process. Applicants will be given instructions on how to write the essay and an interview with a nursing instructor will commence.

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 top 50 students. The successful applicant will be notified and will receive information that will need to be completed and returned by a specified date in the summer. If the paperwork is not received, it will be assumed that the student is no longer interested in the program and will be dropped; the first student on the waiting list will take that spot.

Applicants receive points on the scoring rubric for the following items:

  • GPA
  • Math Test #1
  • Math Test #2
  • Reading Comprehension Test
  • Vocabulary Test
  • Science Test
  • Reference Letter #1
  • Reference Letter #2
  • Reference Letter #3
  • Interview
  • Essay