Nursing Program Questions & Answers

Question:

Why is the program on conditional status with the New Mexico Board of Nursing?

Answer:

There is a variety of criteria for state NMBON program approval.  SFCC met all but one of those criteria. SFCC’s nursing program is on conditional status because for three consecutive years the pass rate for first-time takers of the NCLEX-RN exams fell below 80 percent. These are first-time SFCC pass rates for the past three consecutive years:

Graduates success on NCLEX exam (first-time pass rates)
2014: 76%
2015: 79.66%
2016: 76%

Please note:  Some students who did not pass the first-time, did on subsequent tests.  Here are the results of overall test-takers over the past three years:
2014 –  68 tested; 92.6% overall pass rate
2015 –  63 tested; 92% overall pass rate
2016 –  45 tested (smaller number due to more BSN-AAS track, which requires one additional semester); 91% overall pass rate

Q:

Is the nursing program accredited?

A:

The SFCC nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through 2021.

Q:

How does the conditional status impact current students?

A:

The status should have no impact on current students. In 2016, the program began to implement changes in the nursing program during all four semesters with the goal of better preparing students for the exam.

Q:

How does this status impact financial aid?

A:

Financial Aid will not be impacted.  Students who are already receiving scholarship support from Christus St. Vincent will be able to maintain their funding.

Q:

Who is affected by conditional status?

A:

Currently, due to the conditional status, the program is not able to accept new students. The college anticipates that the status will change and we encourage you to revisit this web page. 

Q:

Will the program accept any new applications?

A:

Yes, the department will continue to accept applications while the program is under review by the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

Q:

Does this status impact any clinical partnerships?

 A:

No, the college has strong clinical partnerships that will continue with regional hospitals and clinics.

Q:

Why did the college’s pass rate drop below 80 percent?

A:

It seems a number of factors contributed to the decline including: faculty retirements, new faculty hires, change in leadership and a change in the curriculum. 

Q:

What are the program’s strengths?

A:

On the national level, the program is recognized for its rigorous curriculum, state-of-the-art simulation labs, student resources and its leadership in offering a BSN-AAS track.  SFCC’s affordable nursing program costs significantly less than many similar programs in the region.

Q:

I’m a current nursing student and still have some concerns.  Who should I talk to?

A:

Current students can set up an appointment with Terri Tewart, SFCC’s Interim Nursing Director, 428-1836 or email terri.tewart@sfcc.edu.

Q:

I am not in the nursing program, but am interested in discussing my options for meeting pre-requisites for the program and exploring other options in the health care field. Who can I talk with?

A:

Cahalan Fiddes, the academic adviser for the School of Science, Engineering and Math can offer guidance.  Make an appointment with him at 428-1462 or email cahalan.fiddes@sfcc.edu.

 

Updated on March 7, 2017