Dona Ana Branch Community College
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
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ADN Program Details
The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at DACC affords students the opportunity to become Registered Nurses and members of a respected and rewarding profession. Nursing is a dynamic and exciting discipline offering not only the rewarding experiences of helping others achieve their health care goals, but also enabling the nurse to become a part of the rapidly advancing health delivery system of the future.
Upon completion of all prerequisite courses and acceptance into the nursing program, four semesters of study prepare the new graduate for a career as an entry-level generalist Registered Nurse. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and become licensed Registered Nurses anywhere in the United States. Students should note, however, that program completion does not in and of itself guarantee licensure, which is a function of the various state boards of nursing.
After successful program completion and licensure as a Registered Nurse, DACC graduates are strongly encouraged to continue their professional growth and development through the pursuit of a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree program. DACC has designed its ADN program to articulate directly with many RN-to-BSN programs such as the one offered by New Mexico State University. The streamlined articulation process affords nurses the opportunity to earn a BSN degree with one additional year of study after graduation from DACC. The web-based online program design makes it possible for nurses to earn the BSN while working full time.
The DACC nursing program philosophy embraces the concepts of caring and health and wellness while assisting adult learners to achieve their maximum educational potential through exposure to a variety of teaching and evaluation methods. Special emphasis is placed upon caring, the nursing process, critical-thinking, evidence- based practice, therapeutic communication, and the evolving teaching-learning process.
LPN Program Details
This certificate program provides an exit option for those desiring to begin working as licensed practical nurses before finishing the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) program. The certificate curriculum consists of the first two semesters of the ADN program, followed by a 6-credit summer course that addresses the entry-to practice requirements for practical nursing not covered in the first two semesters of the ADN program and focuses on preparing students to take the NCLEX-PN exam.
The certificate of an LPN offers students the opportunity to train for the nursing profession in a year and a half, which allows those who complete the LPN certificate to enter into the healthcare workforce sooner and begin earning a competitive salary in a dynamic work environment. The degree plan consists of 27- 35 semester credit hours of pre-requisite course work prior to program entry. A student working on this option will complete three semesters, or 29 credit hours, of nursing coursework including classroom, simulation and clinical learning experiences.
Upon successful completion, the student will graduate with a Certificate - LPN and be eligible to take the PN exam for practical nurses, which is developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The NCLEX-PN is designed to test the candidate's capability for safe and effective nursing practice by measuring current, entry-level practical nursing knowledge and skills. After licensure, graduates may seamlessly pursue an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) for the Registered Nurse (RN) program if desired.