Rio Rancho Campus

Whether you’re taking a class in the medical field or need space for a community event, The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Rio Rancho campus is here for you.

Dedicated to Sandoval County

The UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho campus serves communities within Sandoval County. We work to create educational opportunities for current and prospective students. Our campus is a 40,000-square-foot building that houses:

  • General purpose classrooms
  • Computer lab
  • Common area
  • Quiet study space
  • Office space, including meeting areas for community groups to rent
  • Wellness center equipped with treadmills, stationary bikes and other exercise equipment for use by students and employees

Behavioral Health Care Clinic

Our campus is home to a behavioral health clinic providing care in opioid addiction and anxiety, as well as a wide spectrum of innovative outpatient services. To learn more about services, and to make an appointment, call 505-994-5050.

Providing Educational Opportunities

Pre-Health Outreach Program

We want our students in the Sandoval County community to succeed. That's why we're holding the Health Careers Academy summer program in collaboration with the HSC Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We encourage high school juniors interested in pursuing a career in the medical field to consider applying for this special opportunity.

  • Workshops for high school counselors focused on preparing students for pre-health education
  • HSC tours and engagement with allied health education programs for school groups
  • Programs in collaboration with the HSC Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Health Careers Academy

The enrichment and engagement program will feature sessions led by health care professionals from Sandoval Regional Medical Center. The program includes:

  • Hands-on engagement with over 17 different health careers
  • Earn CPR and First Aid certifications
  • Health-focused tour to tribal community
  • Service learning project
  • Academic enhancement
  • And much more

The four-week program begins in June. It is open to 20 students attending a school in Sandoval County, the deadline to apply is in the spring. Students selected for the program, along with a parent or guardian, must attend a mandatory orientation. Find applications and more information.

College of Nursing Program

The University of New Mexico College of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) via our Pre-Licensure Basic Entry Option at the UNM Health Sciences Campus (HSC) Rio Rancho.

This program is for students who do not currently hold an RN license and have no prior nursing experience. Classes, clinical experiences and all other required nursing program activities will be held at UNM HSC Rio Rancho and surrounding communities.

While in clinical courses, students will experience hands-on learning in hospitals and other health care settings under the supervision of nursing faculty. On BSN completion, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam with the New Mexico State Board of Nursing.

Become a Medical Assistant

Students interested in becoming a medical assistant can take classes to earn a certificate through the UNM HSC Office for Community Health and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) program. Courses are held at the UNM HS Rio Rancho campus and you can sign up through CNM.

Medical assistants are charged with administrative and clinical duties in a variety of health care settings. The 36-hour certificate of completion program helps students to gain the knowledge, skills and professional training required for the entry-level positions. 


The UNM College of Education Special Education practicum for teachers-in-training, which serves Rio Rancho Public Schools, holds classes at our campus.