Pre-Professional Nursing, Certificate
The Pre- Nursing program is for students who are interested in pursuing an associate degree in registered nursing as well as those who are seeking employment in the health care field as a nurse assistant. Through this certificate program, students will learn the specific skill sets and obtain the specific courses that are the foundation of associate degree courses in the health profession. Since associate degree programs in nursing require students to have the skills learned in nurse assisting courses, inclusion of the nurse assisting courses serve to meet this requirement while also preparing students for immediate employment as a nurse assistant. Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded a Pre- Nursing Certificate and are eligible to take the New Mexico Nurse Assisting Certification (CNA) exam.
Students are required to have or obtain current CPR training on their own prior to beginning their internship. The appropriate level of CPR training required will be explained by the nursing instructor. In addition, students are also required to have a physical exam and current tuberculosis test (PPD) to be admitted into clinical internship placement. Students that are currently in the Pre-professional nursing will continue with the requirements of the catalog year they started with.
Registered Nursing, Associate of Science
The professional nursing program provides the students with the basic nursing skill for entry level positions in the nursing field. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is able to use the nursing process in assisting an individual or a group of individuals with common health problems to achieve an optimum state of well-being. The graduate of this program will be able to provide direct nursing care to individual or a group of individuals with common health problems using principles from the biological, cultural, social, and physical sciences and incorporating the total healthcare plan.
The Registered Nursing program is approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing, which has reviewed the curriculum and given Navajo Technical University the ability to offer an RN degree. Since the curriculum follows the standards set by the New Mexico Board of Nursing, General Education requirements are different for this associate degree program than other associate of applied science programs offered by the college.
The Certificate Program in Counseling requires 33 credit hours and is designed for a one-year program of study. The program is designed to prepare students for entry level job on Navajo behavioral health facilities and students may continue to obtain and an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree. Graduates from this program will work on the Navajo Nation behavioral health facilities and eight graduates will be needed per year.