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Academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, innovation, integrity and respect: at The University of New Mexico College of Nursing, we put these values into practice. Whether you're an undergraduate student or a professional seeking greater knowledge and advancement, you'll find support for your goals and values from expert faculty, experienced advisors and comprehensive programs.

Full Range of Nursing Programs

The UNM College of Nursing offers you a range of degrees and specialties, from undergraduate to doctoral level studies. Do you desire to serve patients or your community, or focus your practice in rural or underserved populations? Do you have the patience to pursue research, educate new generations of nurses or excel in an administrative role?

No matter what area of concentration you choose, your education at the UNM College of Nursing engages your head, your heart and your hands, providing a path to achievement in every aspect of the profession.

Which Nursing Program is Right for Me?

IF you have/are…AND are interested in…THEN consider…
A high school senior, have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5, SAT score of 1320 or higher or a composite ACT score of 28 or higher and have applied and been accepted to the UNM Honors College.A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), becoming a registered nurse (RN), attending classes at the UNM Health Sciences Center campus in Albuquerque and are interested in furthering your nursing carrier with a MSN, DNP or PhD.Freshman Honors Direct-Entry Pre-Licensure BSN – HSC Campus
A high school diploma, GED, some college credit or an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than nursingA bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), becoming a registered nurse (RN), and attending classes at the UNM Health Sciences Center campus in AlbuquerquePre-Licensure BSN Option - HSC Campus
A bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN), becoming a registered nurse (RN), and attending classes at UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho Campus (HSCRR)Pre-Licensure BSN Option – UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho Campus (HSCRR)
Taking classes at your community college while earning an associate degree there, as well as a BSN from UNM, and becoming an RNDual Degree BSN Option
An associate’s degree in nursing and are a current (or pending) RNEarning a bachelor’s degree in nursingRN to BSN Degree Completion Option
A bachelor’s degree in nursing and are an RNEarning a researched focused doctorateBSN to PhD
A bachelor’s degree in any discipline and are a current RNAn advanced practice degree in nursing or nursing educationMSN Program

A master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and are an RN

Obtaining a certification in a new practice areaPost-Master’s Certificate
Earning a research-focused doctorate PhD Program
A MSN and hold a current APRN licenseEarning a DNP with a focused area of Clinical PracticeDNP Clinical Concentration
One of these master’s degrees: MSN, MBA, MPH, MSA or MPA, and are an RNEarning a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) with a focused area of Nurse Executive Organizational LeadershipDNP NEOL Concentration


  • UNM College of Nursing's RN to BSN program ranks 10th in the top 50 Best Value BSN Programs by
  • UNM holds the distinction of “Very High Research University” (VHRU) from the Carnegie Foundation
  • UNM is a designated federal Hispanic-Serving Institution

Licensure and Certification Pass Rates for First-time Test Takers

How do our graduates perform on national certification and licensure examinations?






BSN Pre-Licensure


Registered Nurse (RN)







Master’s of Nursing or Post-Master’s Certificate


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Result Pending




(n = 10/11)

Family Nurse Practitioner




(n = 13/13)


(n = 18/19)

Certified Nurse-Midwife






(n = 7/8)

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Result Pending

No cohort taking certification exam
during this timeframe.


(n = 9/9)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Result Pending100%
(n = 1/1)

First cohort graduates in 2018

*Certification results beginning 2019 reflect overall pass rates as now required by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education.