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 the Community
Formerly UNM West, UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho serves communities within Sandoval County and works to create educational opportunities for current and prospective students. Our campus is made up of 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
We want our students in the Sandoval County community to succeed. That's why we're holding the Health Careers Academy summer program. We encourage high school juniors interested in pursuing a career in the medical field to consider applying for this special opportunity.
Health Careers Academy
The enrichment and engagement program will feature sessions led by health care providers from Sandoval Regional Medical Center. Students will:
- Learn how to read an EKG
- Practice wound care on apples,
- Earn certification in first aid and more
Open to 20 students attending a school in Sandoval County, the deadline to apply is April 19. Students selected for the program, along with a parent or guardian, must attend a mandatory May 13 orientation.
The four-week program, which runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starts June 3.
College of Nursing Programs
Students enrolled in the UNM College of Nursing have opportunities to take classes at our Rio Rancho campus.
Become a Medical Assistant
Students interested in becoming a medical assistant can take classes to earn a certificate through the UNM Office of Community Health and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) program. Courses are held at the UNM HS Rio Rancho campus.
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.
Behavioral Health Care
Our campus will soon be home to a behavioral health clinic providing care in opioid addiction and anxiety, as well as a wide spectrum of innovative outpatient services.
Finding Solutions through Research and Engagement
One of 12 nationally funded research centers of excellence ( National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, # U54 MD004811-08) the Transdisciplinary Research, Equity and Engagement Center works with statewide, national and tribal partners to test interventions for advancing behavioral health outcomes in New Mexico.
The Center consists of:
- Three cores: Administrative, Investigator Development, and Community Engagement & Dissemination
- Two major community engaged research projects
- 10 annual pilot projects
- Ongoing data and evaluation activities