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New Mexico Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide to nursing schools in New Mexico contains important information, including several program profiles, on the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered throughout the state. Students pursuing a bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing may choose from a plethora of concentrations, such as nursing education, adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, and pediatric nurse practitioner. A viable alternative to a traditional nursing program is an online nursing program. Many online universities, such as Walden University, provide students with the opportunity to earn an undergraduate or a graduate degree in nursing entirely online.

New Mexico School Facts:

  • 21 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • Nine colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • Three colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: Navajo Technical College 72%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: New Mexico Highlands University 37%.1
  • Highest net price: Western New Mexico University $11,332.1
  • Lowest net price: Navajo Technical College $3,272.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in New Mexico with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $5,672 – $20,688.2
  • One school in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of New Mexico (79).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Following are several profiles of the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in New Mexico’s colleges and universities.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in New Mexico

New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico Highlands University’s RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program is designed for current registered nurses who already possess an associate’s degree in nursing. The program is offered entirely online with students permitted to fulfill degree requirements on a full time or a part time basis. A part time accelerated option is also available. The full time option takes two years to complete while the part time program spans three years. The accelerated part time option requires two full years. The nursing curriculum covers health assessment, community health nursing, nursing research, and nursing informatics. Several clinical practicums are mandatory. Successful applicants must possess an associate’s degree in nursing, generally from a local community college.

Western New Mexico University
Students fulfill degree requirements for Western New Mexico University’s RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program entirely online. The program generally takes two years to complete full-time. Nursing coursework encompasses family systems, leadership roles, utilizing resources, and nursing informatics. Courses are not held every semester with individual classes being offered in a regular rotation. Nursing majors must also engage in 135 hours of a clinical practicum. Practicums can be completed in the student’s local community. Successful applicants must already possess a current registered nurse’s license and must hold an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in New Mexico

University of New Mexico
The University of New Mexico’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares registered nurses for advanced positions in the healthcare field. Concentrations available include adult gerontology nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, nurse administration, and nursing education. All nursing students must complete, in addition to concentration-specific courses, such core classes as research in nursing, evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare, and theoretical foundations of nursing. Clinical practicums are mandatory in some courses. Successful candidates to the program must already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and possess a current registered nurse’s license.

Eastern New Mexico University
Eastern New Mexico University allows students to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a nursing education concentration. The program consists of 36 credits; 12 credits are in required nursing courses with the remaining 24 credits focused on nursing education. Students who take two classes a semester (fall, spring, and summer) can fulfill degree requirements in two years. Applicants to the MSN program must be current registered nurses, possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), provide three letters of recommendation and a letter of intent, and submit GRE scores. The program is competitive with only 20 students accepted each year.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=NM&major=nursing&sort=best