Nursing

History

A Historical Overview of SJC's Nursing Program

What started at San Juan College as a training program for nursing assistants in the late 1960's has evolved into an Associate Degree of Nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing.

What started at San Juan College as a training program for nursing assistants in the late 1960's has evolved into an Associate Degree of Nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing.

Nursing File PhotoThe evolution began in 1971 when fourteen students were admitted to the first LPN class. This was a joint venture with San Juan Hospital (now San Juan Regional Medical Center). In fact, the program was housed entirely at the hospital in the Jack Kline Medical Building where nursing students had their own library! In 1975 the program moved to the present campus.

In 1978 the nursing program moved again and expanded to admit students for an Associate Degree in Nursing that would qualify them to take the NCLEX-RN exam. At the time, requirement for admission to this 1 + 1 program was completion of an LPN program. The first ADN class graduated in 1979.

Nursing File PhotoWhen San Juan College became independent from New Mexico State University in 1982, the door was open to reexamine the curriculum in light of changes in technology and other developments in the health care area. Changes affecting nursing practice as well as trends in nursing education were incorporated into the nursing program. The outcome was a total revision of the curriculum, which included discontinuation of the LPN program.

The program has enjoyed remarkable stability and has expanded over the last decade. The faculty and director are committed to giving students the best preparation possible for the exciting and demanding profession of nursing. Curriculum changes, equipment, technology needs and clinical sites are constantly being reviewed to insure a student’s success.


For more information, please call Department of Nursing at (505) 566-3224. Or send an email to panekj@sanjuancollege.edu.