ADN Admission and Requirements

4/22/20: ATTENTION students applying for admission to the NNMC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program for fall 2020 semester
Updated Information related to submission of application packet:

  • Due to campus closure related to COVID-19, the deadline for application to the NNMC ADN Program has been extended to 5/31/20. Please submit your documents (application, letters of recommendation, copies of Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam, and official transcripts) electronically to Jessica Archuleta at
  • Official transcripts can be sent from another college or university electronically to Jessica at
  • If you are currently enrolled at Northern and taking classes, you do not need to send official transcripts from Northern. We can look at your transcripts in the Banner system. Please indicate in your application that you are currently a student at NNMC.
  • If you have not yet taken the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam, please submit all of your application documents per the guidelines listed above, and notify Jessica Archuleta at that you are interested in taking the exam.
  • We are currently in the process of making arrangements to administer the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam by remote proctoring starting May 1, 2020. You will need a computer, internet access, and a cell phone.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact Jessica Archuleta at jessica.archuleta@nnmc.eduu

2020 ADN Nursing Application
Reference Form for Applicants
Required Immunizations
Technology Requirements


Students are required to take the Kaplan Pre-Admission Examination. Test Study books are available in the library or you may purchase your own on the internet. ISBN: 9781609786724.

About the Kaplan Pre-Admission Exam
Kaplan Entrance Exam Test Dates

General Admission Requirements

  1. Graduation from high school or GED
  2. A Cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the pre-requisite courses.
  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 course work by the end of the spring semester prior to anticipated entry into the ADN program with a grade of “C-” or better.  Potential students must have completed all nursing transfer courses with a grade of “C” or better.
    CHEM 1110/L (4) or BIOL 2310/L (4) or any other BIOL (4)
    BIOL 2210/L (4)
    PSYC 1105 (3)
    ENGL 1110 (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 is required before students may enroll in any NURS-prefixed courses listed in the program requirements. Support courses may be taken before entry into the program.

Transfer Students

Students transferring to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program are subject to the same admission and progression requirements as all nursing students. The Registrar and nursing faculty will evaluate transcripts, course syllabi, and course outlines to determine eligibility and placement status. Potential students must have completed all transfer courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Students must complete their last 15 credit hours at Northern in order to graduate.

Additional Requirements Relating to Licensure

The New Mexico State Board of Nursing has restrictions for licensure and may deny, revoke, or suspend any license applied for upon grounds of particular felony violations. Northern assumes no responsibility for the denial of licensure by the New Mexico Board of Nursing or any state Board of Nursing.

Federal law requires certain health care agencies to conduct criminal background checks on their employees. This requirement may be mandated for nursing students placed in these health care facilities for clinical training. Behaviors which may be cause for a student being ineligible for clinical placement include, but are not limited to, the following: physical or sexual abuse, theft, illegal use of weapons, and illegal use or possession of controlled substances.

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