About the ADN Program

The Associate Degree nursing program at Northern New Mexico College at the Española Campus located in Española, New Mexico is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Initial Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

New Mexico Board of Nursing Approval Status

Northern’s associate degree nursing program has full approval with warning from the New Mexico Board of Nursing effective 4/12/19 for a period of two years.

Why did Northern’s nursing program receive “full approval with warning” status? The reason for this Board of Nursing decision was based on two consecutive years of NCELX-RN licensure pass rates below 80% for first time test takers.

What does “full approval with warning” mean for students enrolled in the program? The BON decision does not impact current students. Northern continues to retain full authority to offer a pre-licensure nursing program. All program graduates are eligible to sit for both PN and RN NCLEX licensure exams.

How does this affect the program’s accreditation status with ACEN?

The ADN Program is in the process of informing ACEN of the program’s change in status. At this time, the program retains full accreditation with the ACEN.

What must the program do to achieve “full approval” from the New Mexico Board of Nursing?

The program must remedy issues related to low NCLEX-RN licensure pass rates and increase NCLEX-RN pass rates to a minimum of 80% for first time test takers. The program is addressing issues related to low pass rates and has created a comprehensive plan for program improvement. In addition, the program will host a site visit by the New Mexico Board of Nursing in the fall of 2019 and a site visit by ACEN in the fall of 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact Chair, Ellen Trabka at etrabka@nnmc.edu or 505 747-2209 if you have any questions regarding this important program information.


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 affordable, quality, community-based nursing education that prepares registered nurses to provide safe, quality patient-centered care to individuals and populations across the lifespan.

Our Vision

The Associate Degree Nursing Program will excel in the preparation of culturally-diverse registered nurses to practice in a variety of communities and populations. The ADN program will meet state and national benchmarks for excellence in Nursing education.


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 30+year history of educating associate degree nurses to meet the healthcare needs of the community, on both local and national levels. 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. 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 30 to 40 students with degrees or certificates in nursing (ADN, LPN). Needless to say, both students and faculty alike are proud of our rich educational heritage and our recognized, state-of–the-art ADN program.

Jessica Archuleta
Administrative Assistant
Nursing & Health Sciences
505 747-2207

Dr. Ken Armstrong, DNP, MS, RN, CNE, CNOR
ADN Program Director
(505) 747-2202

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