The Nursing program at DACC affords students the opportunity to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Registered Nurses (RN), 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.

Our program meets the requirements of the New Mexico State Board of Nursing. Our graduates are qualified to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination. Graduates of the ADN program can then complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing which is offered at the University level. 

The Associate of Science in Nursing program at Dona Ana Community College is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.


The DACC nursing program philosophy embraces the concepts of caring, health, and wellness. Faculty assist adult learners with achievement of their maximum educational potential through exposure to a variety of teaching and evaluation methods. Special emphasis is placed upon the nursing process, critical-thinking, clinical judgment, evidence-based practice, patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, safety, professionalism, nursing informatics, and the evolving teaching-learning process. The DACC nursing program is committed to providing high quality nursing educational opportunities through affordable and accessible instructional methods to diverse communities in New Mexico and the surrounding areas. We pledge to create an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming environment to prepare and empower entry level nurses to safely serve our community with compassion and dignity.

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A DACC student nurse swabs her patient's right arm, preparing her for a shot.


The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) provides the student with an Associate Degree and the ability to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination. This degree curriculum consists of four trimesters and can be taken either as a full-time or part-time student. Students must pass a RN exit exam selected by the faculty to qualify for the Associate Degree in Nursing. SEE ROADMAP >>

Licensed Practical Nurse

This certificate program provides an 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 trimesters of the ADN program and NURS 224 Maternal Child Nursing. Students must pass a PN exit exam selected by the faculty to qualify for the LPN certificate. SEE ROADMAP >>
Both the Degree and Certificate programs are competitive, selective admission programs requiring completion of prerequisites and an entrance exam prior to application.

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