SFCC is implementing a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) career pathway in partnership with Santa Fe’s Capital High School (CHS). The goal is to increase the educational attainment of high school students in nursing to build northern New Mexico’s health ecosystem capacity that will directly improve our community’s well-being.
Interested high school students are advised beginning in 9th grade so that the LPN program can be integrated into the high school schedule in the junior and senior years. LPN licensure can be attained after graduating from high school. This pilot program is a seamless secondary-to-post-secondary career pathway nested within CHS’s Bio-Medical magnet program and offered partially on the CHS campus. The SFCC-LPN-Pathway is a pilot program.
SFCC is working in partnership with the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) to develop the LPN curriculum and align it with its ADN/BSN pathway. This alignment assures that these LPN graduates will be able to progress into the SFCC/UNM ADN/BSN pathway without ever leaving northern New Mexico. This pilot program has the potential to be replicated across the district and the state.