Clovis Community College Nursing Program Review

Clovis Community College (CCC) history can be traced back to 1961, when the Eastern New Mexico University opened a satellite campus in rented property at Clovis. The satellite campus was opened to offer some of the university’s evening college credits to students around Clovis. Clovis opened its own campus in 1980 and by 1990, Clovis legislature voted to make it a locally-supported independent campus. This resulted to CCC breaking-off as a campus of Eastern New Mexico University and officially adopting its current name.

The Nursing Program at Clovis Community College

Clovis Community College offers a Career Mobility nursing program designed to culminate into registered nursing licensure. It is offered as a collaborative effort between Clovis and its mother campus. It is meant for both high school entry-level students and licensed practical nurses (LPN) seeking advanced standing.  As a career mobility program, it has two levels and students can exit at their preferred choice to earn a certificate or an associate nursing degree. The program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

Level I Nursing

Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing

This level is the starting point for all nursing students at Clovis.  The program has two admission cycles for fall and spring semesters. In addition, all candidates are expected to have completed a nursing assistant course but not necessarily have state certification.

Upon admission, students complete 12 and 21credits in general education and science courses respectively.  This are well distributed between the first and second semester. After successfully completing this portion, they take another 8 and 10 nursing credits in the first and second semesters.  This brings it to a total of 51 credits at the end of 1st and 2nd semesters and also the end of level I. At this stage students become eligible to apply and take the NLCEX-PN exam to become licensed practical nurses. They are free to exit at this point and are such awarded a Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing.

Level II Nursing

Associate of Applied Science

This level is a mobility track that picks from level I for students who wish to continue to level II. Clovis college graduates of level I need not apply again for the level II. The track leads to students becoming registered nurses. It consists of 5 nursing courses equivalent to 21 credits. 11 credits are taken in the 3rd semester and 10 credits in the 4th semester.  This totals to 72 credits including of the level I practical nursing portion required for the completion of the entire nursing program.

Students who complete this portion become eligible to apply for the NLCEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. They also earn an occupation based degree: an associate of applied science in nursing degree.  In addition, graduates have the golden opportunity of transferring to Eastern New Mexico University to complete an online RN to Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree.


Level II is also open to LPN and Licensed vocational nurses (LVN) seeking to have advanced standing. Such candidates must have valid LPN or LVN licenses from state approved practical nursing programs to be eligible for admission. Such students get into the program to complete the 21 credits leading to NLCEX-RN exam eligibility.

Clovis Community College
417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis,
NM 88101