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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 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, an option that is offered by a growing number of schools.

Schools with Nursing Programs

  • 17 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 6 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: New Mexico State University (#166, MSN; #131, DNP).

Institutional Facts for Schools with Nursing Programs

  • Highest graduation rate: University of New Mexico-Albuquerque 48%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: New Mexico Highlands University 48%.1
  • Highest net price: Western New Mexico University $11,332.1
  • Lowest net price: Central New Mexico Community College $3,846.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in New Mexico with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $8,736 – $12,840.2

Following you will find more in-depth information about the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in New Mexico’s colleges and universities.

Schools in New Mexico with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Northern New Mexico College
Northern New Mexico College is home to an associate degree nursing program that can be completed in five semesters after general education requirements are met. The nursing curriculum includes such courses as Pediatric Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Students complete clinical experience in each major practice area as part of the program. In addition to preparing graduates for entry-level nursing careers in a variety of healthcare settings, this program also prepares graduates to continue their education by pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Northern New Mexico College offers an RN to BSN program that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

University of New Mexico-Taos
The University of New Mexico-Taos offers an associate degree nursing (ADN) program that emphasizes clinical judgment, professionalism, and diversity. Admission is competitive and is based on the student’s GPA, pre-admission test scores, and completion of prerequisite courses. Once accepted to the program, core nursing courses include Nursing Pharmacology, Health and Illness Concepts, and Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions. Many courses in the curriculum combine seminar, laboratory, and clinical learning to promote a well-rounded and hands-on education. Students who intend to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) may be interested in UNM-Taos’ partnership BSN curriculum, which allows students to earn an ADN from UNM-Taos and BSN from the University of New Mexico main campus while studying on the Taos campus.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

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

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.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in New Mexico

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit New Mexico nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the New Mexico Board of Nursing (http://nmbon.sks.com/).

SchoolADN or LVN ProgramBSN ProgramGraduate Nursing ProgramACEN/CCNE Accredited*NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**Number TakingNCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate***Number TakingNet Price****
Central New Mexico Community CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/A81.5%N/A$3,846
Clovis Community CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/AN/AN/A$9,229
Dona Ana Community CollegeYesNoNoACEN100%N/A70%N/AN/A
Eastern New Mexico University-PortalesYesYesYesACENN/AN/AN/AN/A$10,562
Eastern New Mexico University-RoswellYesNoNoACENN/AN/A100%N/A$6,772
Luna Community CollegeYesNoNoACEN90%N/A80%N/A$6,499
New Mexico Highlands UniversityNoYesNoCCNEN/AN/AN/AN/A$9,003
New Mexico Junior CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/A95.65%N/A$6,676
New Mexico State University-CarlsbadYesNoNoACEN100%N/A87.5%N/A$7,679
New Mexico State University-Las CrucesNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A81.58%N/A$10,501
Northern New Mexico CollegeYesYesNoCCNE50%N/A93.75%N/A$5,680
San Juan CollegeYesYesNoACENN/AN/A100%N/A$5,724
Santa Fe Community CollegeYesNoNoACENN/AN/A79.66%N/A$9,575
University of New Mexico-AlbuquerqueNoYesYesCCNEN/AN/A87.27%N/A$11,107
University of New Mexico-GallupYesNoNoACENN/AN/A88%N/A$6,998
University of New Mexico-TaosYesYesNoACENN/AN/AN/AN/A$7,539
University of New Mexico-ValenciaYesNoNoNoN/AN/A91.67%N/A$5,726
Western New Mexico UniversityYesYesNoACEN/CCNEN/AN/A86.67%N/A$11,332

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=NM&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
6. New Mexico Board of Nursing: http://nmbon.sks.com/nclex-rn-lpn-pass-rates.aspx