LPN Programs in New Mexico


With the demand for licensed practical nurses in New Mexico set to be as much as 16% in some parts of the state between now and 2016, there’s no denying that becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a good career move.

However, before you can start looking for LPN jobs in New Mexico (or elsewhere) you still need to get the necessary training and register with the applicable bodies.

LPN Schools In New Mexico

Like most parts of the US, to become an LPN in New Mexico, you need to take a state approved training course. In this case, all training courses need to be approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

Approved and accredited courses are available at junior and community colleges, universities and technical and practical schools throughout New Mexico – the only critical thing is that they are state approved!

LPN Course Content In New Mexico

LPN courses in New Mexico follow the curriculum guidelines set down by the state nursing board, and are designed to give you all the theoretical and practical know how you will need in a real world situation. You will cover hands on, clinical training (under the supervision of an RN, in a real patient situation), and you will learn all the technical, administrative and scientific terms and procedures you need to know in a lab or classroom.

Basically, when you have finished the course, you should be ready to accept any LPN job, anywhere in New Mexico, and cope just fine.

Certification and Licensing for LPN’s in New Mexico

Even after you have completed a training program, you’re still not ready to begin work as an LPN. Not until you have passed the certification exam, and applied to the New Mexico Board of Nursing for licensure.

Once you have done that, you can accept Licensed Practical Nurse positions at any hospital, clinic, private medical or dental practice or long term care facility in New Mexico.

Earnings for an LPN in New Mexico

Aside from being in big demand in New Mexico, LPNs in the state also earn very good salaries, by national standards. In fact, once you are a Licensed Nurse Practitioner, you can look forward to an average annual salary of around $48,000 in the state of New Mexico. There’s also the potential to study further, and become an RN, or a hospital administrator, so this is a great way to get a start in the healthcare industry.

Accredited LPN Schools, Training Classes & Programs in New Mexico

Career Enrichment Center APS/PN Program

807 Mountain Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-247-3658 ext 38

This practical nursing program is also open t high school students who wish to graduate high school with a licensed to work as a practical nurse. The program length is three semesters and all students are required to have a wristwatch and their own transportation. Interested students can apply for internships to enhance their leaning experience.

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Computer Career Center Division of Vista College

850 N. Telshor Suite F&G
Las Cruces, NM 88011
575-556-1080

Financial aid is available to those who qualify at this school. There are federal grants, student loans and military benefits. The licensed practical nursing program here has a licensure rate of 93%. Students and graduates benefit from the career counseling services. Some of your courses may be available online.

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New Mexico State University-Carlsbad

Department of Nursing
1500 University Drive
Carlsbad, NM 88220
575-234-9301

This campus has a health center that provides outpatient, student, employee and employee family care. Through the student services department you can access financial aid, counseling, career placement and admissions. The licensed practical nursing program requires 41 credits to graduate and students are awarded a certificate.

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Luna Community College Department of Nursing

366 Luna Dr
Las Vegas, NM 87701
(505) 454-2527

There is a wellness center on this campus where students can keep fit and mentally balanced. If the wellness center isn’t enough then maybe the athletics program will suffice. There are also several clubs and organizations that students can join while on campus. The LPN program offers a certificate from the associate degree in nursing at the first level.

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Northern New Mexico College Nursing Program

921 Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM 87532
505-747-2282

A certificate is awarded to students who complete level one (LPN program) of the associate degree in nursing if they so choose. Resources found on this campus include a career center, bookstore, library, IT services and much more. If you are particular about your fitness then join the athletic activities or work out at the gym.

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Clovis Community College Department of Nursing

417 Schepps Blvd.
Clovis NM 88101
575-769-4954

This school has a tradition of bringing the cultural arts to the wider community through performances. There are several organizations that students can join including fraternities and students unions. The LPN program is four semesters long and students can apply for financial aid by using the online FAFSA form.

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Carrington College LPN Program

1001 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
505-254-7777

All applicants are required to submit to a background check and a drug screen prior to enrollment. Students of the LPN program must also provide a negative TB test. There are federal Pell grants and other federal aid programs to assist students with tuition and fees. Students can also apply for clinical externships to enhance their work experience.

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Anamarc College LPN Program

2660 Airport Rd STE 780
Santa Teresa NM 88008
915-351-8100 ext 127

A 1455 hours long LPN program, students get the opportunity to experience the work environment via externship programs. Students can access the library online through what is called EBSCO. Several financial aid options are available for those who qualify, these include federal Pell grants, vets benefits and scholarships.

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Dona Ana Community College LPN Program

MSC-3DA Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003
575-528-7234

This nursing program is a ladder program where students can opt to receive a certificate at the end of level one of the associate degree in nursing. The school provides counseling services for students’ academic and personal needs. There are several organizations that students may join and there is a library and bookstore on campus.

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Central New Mexico Community College

525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-224-4144

There are limited spaces available for the licensed practical nursing program at this school so students need to apply early. The program is three terms long. Even though this is a non-residential college students can acquire housing facilities near the campus. Day care is offered on campus for low income students.

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Pima Medical Institute LPN program

400 Cutler Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
505-881-1234

The licensed practical program at this school is a part of the associate degree in nursing program. Students can take the NCLEX-PN examination when they have completed one year of the program. The career development center will help you with finding employment after you graduate.

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