San Juan College (SJC) was founded in 1956 as a branch campus of the current New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Farmington. The branch operated in temporally facilities of Farmington High school and offered only part time and evening classes. The branch acquired its own facilities and permanent site in 1968 still under NMSU. Due to the tremendous growth of this campus, San Juan County voted to make San Juan-NMSU an autonomous and independent college hence separating it from NMSU. As such, it became San Juan Junior College in 1981 which was later named SJC; a 2-year public community college.
Nursing at San Juan College
San Juan College offers a nursing curriculum leading to the associate degree in nursing (ADN). The associate program is designed to offer three entry options: Track I taking 24 months, Track II taking 18 months and an advanced placement option for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). In addition to the main tracks, SJC has a Nurse Aide Program under its Career and Technical Education category. The associate degree tracks are approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Nurse Aide Certification
This course trains entry-level students on basic nursing skills as stipulated in the Omnibus Reconciliation Act. Students become prepared by taking classroom, theory and clinical work to take state certification exams to become certified nurse aides.
Track I ADN Program Option
This Associates Degree in Nursing track is offered every fall semester and takes the form of the traditional program. Before applying, students must take the TEAS V test and submits their scores to the nursing department for selection purposes. The program takes 24 months to complete with all clinical and theory classes being offered during the day on a full time basis.
To eligible for the award of an Associate degree in nursing (ADN), students must successfully complete 72 credits. The study plan of the 24 months is five academic semesters including a summer session. Graduates become eligible to apply and write the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses.
Track II ADN Program Option
This track is similar to the track I option in terms of curriculum and admission requirements. The only difference is that it is offered in a non-traditional format of late afternoon and evening sessions for clinical and theory classes. Interested candidates must note that the track is offered once annually on even years only.
Prior to applying, students must have completed at least 27 prerequisite and general education courses. The remaining courses out of the 72 for the ADN are taken at San Juan College in a period of 18 months. Students earn an associate in nursing degree and as well become eligible to apply and take the NLCEX-RN exam to become registered nurses.
The advanced placement is open for licensed practical nurses and transfer students from other nursing programs. Advanced placement opportunities are given on a space availability basis. Once admitted, students complete a Transition and Advanced Placement course to facilitate credit transfer from the previous program.
San Juan College
4601 College Blvd., Farmington