NMSU / DABCC - Opinions - page 3
Could anyone give me an idea of the community reputation of the nursing programs at these two schools? Any graduates of these programs? Many thanks to any who respond ....... Read More
Jun 18, '09My husband is being reassigned to Alamogordo in August. I am just fininshing up my LPN and graduation on July 1stI intend to go straight into an RN program either a local bridge or the ISU LPN to BSN (expensive). Can you tell me anything about what your class/clinical schedules are on a weekly basis. I am trying to determine if the lower tuition is worth the drive! Thanks in advance!:typing
Jun 19, '09Quote from readytorollThere is a branch of NMSU in Alamogordo, but I'm not sure of any of their clinical schedules. If you were to come in as an LPN to RN in Las Cruces, your first semester would be about 8 hours a week of clinicals and classes 3 of the remaining 4 days. Your next semester would be about 16 hours of clinicals spread over 2 days and 2 full days of classes. Your final semester would be your preceptorship with classes a couple of times a week. Its not too horrible. PM me if you want and I can help you muddle through some more information.My husband is being reassigned to Alamogordo in August. I am just fininshing up my LPN and graduation on July 1stI intend to go straight into an RN program either a local bridge or the ISU LPN to BSN (expensive). Can you tell me anything about what your class/clinical schedules are on a weekly basis. I am trying to determine if the lower tuition is worth the drive! Thanks in advance!:typing
Jun 21, '09I saw that there was a branch in Alamogordo, but no bridge program! Since my LPN was done at a technical school I don't have college credit for it. I assume I would have to start from ground zero in Alamogordo, unless there is someway to test out of the first year nursing courses?
Jul 2, '09Since you're already an LPN, I believe there IS a way to get around the first semester of courses in Alamogordo. I think it depends on your scores for the entrance HESI. If I were you , I'd get in touch with the program director and find out. Here is the website for the NMSU-A Nursing program: http://nmsua.edu/nursing/
I graduated from NMSU-A Nursing in May '08 and I enjoyed the smaller class size there. Clinical experience probably isn't as good as what you would get in Las Cruces b/c the hospital in Alamogordo is super small and there's just not much going on. In fact, a few of our clinical experiences we did outside of Alamogordo. I also really like the faculty at the Alamogordo branch. When I started there, I was new to town- didn't know anyone or anything about the place- everyone I ran into on campus was really nice and helpful about everything- from places to eat and live to shopping to school info. They currently do not have a full time director but I think things are still running pretty smoothly for them.
I hope that helps. Good Luck!
Aug 23, '12UPDATE: DACC loses NLN accreditation. Students are in limbo with today being first day of classes. I attended the Board of Regents meeting to hear what the president of the community college and the director of the program had to say. To those students, don't give up on your dreams. There are other nursing programs, Western NMU in Silver, Alamogordo, EPCC, Utep, & NMSU. As former faculty of DABCC ('02) and DABCC alum 77/79 and former faculty at NMSU ('02-11) I would encourage the students to continue with their education.Last edit by sailornurse on Aug 23, '12