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Application Information

Now that you've decided to apply to the College of Nursing, it's time to get started. Our Student Advising Office is pleased to work with you through the application process. Most applicants will go through a two-stage application process - through The University of New Mexico and NursingCAS.

Please note that application requirements vary by degree and may have additional program or concentration specific requirements in order to apply. International applicants must complete additional requirements in order to be considered for admission.

NursingCAS is a common application system used nationwide for individuals applying to nursing degree programs at accredited institutions. It is easy to create an account and begin the application process.

Undergraduate

Pre-Licensure and Dual Degree Options Requirements

  • Submit your NursingCAS  application by the posted deadline.
  • Visit www.unm.edu/apply to submit your application and transcripts to UNM Undergraduate Admissions. If accepted into the College of Nursing, you must be admitted to UNM before you start the nursing program.
  • Send official college transcripts from all institutions.
  • Program specific requirements.

RN to BSN Degree Completion Option

The RN to BSN Degree Completion program has a separate application process, find out how to apply.

Graduate

Master of Science in Nursing Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) from an accredited college or university; or
    • Graduates from non-accredited programs (NLN or CCNE) will be considered on individual basis; or
    • RN's with baccalaureate degrees in non-nursing fields are also considered on an individual basis. You are required to take a Community Health Test with an overall score of at least 70%. This test is only offered by prior arrangement. You must have the results submitted by the application deadline. Contact: HSC-CON-StudentServices@salud.unm.edu
  • Minimum grade point average for baccalaureate work of B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) or better.
  • Current New Mexico RN license, or eligible for NM licensure, which must be obtained within the first term enrolled.
  • Submit the following to NursingCAS
    • Application form
    • One letter of intent
    • Two to three letters of recommendation, see Program Requirements for specifics
    • A current resume or curriculum vita
    • Unofficial transcripts
  • Be eligible for graduate admissions to UNM. Visit www.unm.edu/apply to submit an application and transcripts to UNM Graduate Admissions.
  • Program specific requirements.
  • Exceptions to any program admission criterion are considered individually, at the discretion of the admissions committee, with recommendation to the College of Nursing Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Post-Master's Certificate Program Requirements

Program graduates are eligible to become certified in one of the following specialties:

Requirements:

  • A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.
  • A minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) or better.
  • Current New Mexico RN license, or eligible for NM licensure, which must be obtained within the first term enrolled.
  • Submit the following to NursingCAS.
    • One letter of intent.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • A current resume or CV.
    • The application and unofficial transcripts.
  • Be eligible for graduate admissions to UNM. Submit an application and transcripts to UNM Graduate Admissions.
  • Submit all documents requested by the CON for completion of the gap analysis.
  • Program specific requirements.
  • Exceptions to any program admission criterion are considered individually, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, with recommendation to the College of Nursing Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Requirements

  • Must have a master's degree (see specifics under your preferred concentration).
  • At least a 3.0 GPA at the master's level (3.5+ GPA preferred).
  • Current RN license; if you are an advanced practice nurse or certified in a nursing specialty, a copy of your advanced practice license or certification must be submitted.
  • A signed commitment to enroll in the program of studies course sequencing, based on semesters, and attend the DNP residency held in the summer term of each year.
  • Personal interview
  • Submit to NursingCAS
    • One letter of intent
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A current resume or CV
    • The application and unofficial transcripts
  • Submission of a 2-3 page scholarly document (see specifics under your preferred concentration)
  • Eligible for graduate admission to UNM. Visit www.unm.edu/apply to submit an application and transcripts to UNM Graduate Admissions.
  • Program specific requirements.
  • Exceptions to any program admission criterion are considered individually, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, with recommendation to the College of Nursing Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

PhD in Nursing Requirements

  • Must have one of the following prior degrees:
    • A Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) from an accredited nursing program by either NLN or CCNE.
    • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prior to entering the PhD program.
    • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master's degree in another field will be considered on an individual basis.
  • A grade-point average of at least 3.0. Preference is given to students with 3.5 or higher.
  • Personal interview
  • A valid RN license in any U.S. state, territory, or foreign country.
  • Submit to NursingCAS
    • One letter of intent with the applicant's experiences in the discipline of nursing, highlighting experiences with underserved or vulnerable populations
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A current resume or CV
    • The application and unofficial transcripts
    • Submission of a writing sample that demonstrates evidence of scholarly ability and the potential for scholarly growth. Examples include, but are not limited to, a thesis, a published or unpublished scholarly paper, or written creative work.
  • Eligible for graduate admission to UNM. Visit www.unm.edu/apply to submit an application and transcripts to UNM Graduate Admissions.
  • Exceptions to any program admission criterion are considered individually, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, with recommendation to the College of Nursing Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure Option

  • New Mexico residents will be given preference.
  • Achieve at least a 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0 in the following prerequisite courses: English- Accelerated Composition, English- Composition III, Biology for Health Sciences/Lab, Elements of General Chemistry/Lab, General Psychology, Human Nutrition and Growth and Development.
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses prior to starting Nursing Level 1: Introduction to Statistics, Microbiology for Health Sciences/Lab, Anatomy and Physiology I, Pathophysiology I, and 9 hours of UNM Core.
  • Complete the HESI A2 exam, scoring a minimum of 75% on each subtest: Math, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Biology, Chemistry, Vocabulary and Knowledge.
  • Complete the NursingCAS application.
  • Send official college transcripts from all institutions you attended directly to NursingCAS.

Selections from qualified applicants are based on the HESI A2 composite score, GPA of required classes, and other factors. Learn how to sign up for the HESI A2 exam [PDF].

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Dual Degree Option

  • Achieve at least a 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0 in the following prerequisite courses: English- Accelerated Composition, English- Composition III, Biology for Health Sciences/Lab, Elements of General Chemistry/Lab, General Psychology, Human Nutrition and Growth and Development.
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses prior to starting Nursing Level 1: Introduction to Statistics, Microbiology for Health Sciences/Lab, Anatomy and Physiology I, Pathophysiology I, and 9 hours of UNM Core.
  • Complete your community college's application.
  • Send official college transcripts from all institutions you attended directly to NursingCAS.
  • Complete the specific entrance exam required by your community college.

Applicants are selected based on the entrance exam composite score, the GPA of required classes and other factors.

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)/UNM

New Mexico Junior College (NMJC)/UNM

San Juan College (SJC)/UNM

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC)/UNM

University of New Mexico - Taos/UNM

Master of Science in Nursing Concentrations

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Concentration
  • Recommended 2 years of experience working in an inpatient setting
  • An interview is required as part of the admissions process.
  • ACLS certification is required before beginning clinical coursework.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Concentration
  • Recommended 2 years of experience as a registered nurse.
  • An interview is required as part of the admissions process.
Nurse-Midwifery Concentration
  • Recommended 1 year of experience as a registered nurse.
  • An interview is required as part of the admissions process.
  • Letter of intent: we seek applicants who have a passion for this profession. Our mission is to educate midwives for work with rural or underserved populations. Please discuss your "midwifery path." How would YOU meet our mission?
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Concentration
  • Recommended 2 years of experience as a registered nurse.
  • An interview is required as part of the admissions process.
  • PALS certification is required before beginning clinical coursework.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Recommended 1 year of experience as a registered nurse.
  • An interview is required as part of the admissions process.
Nursing Education Concentration

No additional requirements

Nursing Administration

Contact Student Services and Advising Office for additional information.

Post-Master's Certificate Program (PMC)

For PMC in FNP, Nurse-Midwifery, AG-ACNP, PNP, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, see the specific master degree application requirements.

Post-Master's Certificate Program Requirements

For applicants interested in apply to the PMC in FNP, Nurse-Midwifery, AG-ACNP, PNP, and/or Nursing Education see the specific master's degree application requirements.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Applicants must have a Master's degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife or a Certified Nurse Practitioner from an accredited college or university.
  • Recommended 2 years of work experience as a nurse practitioner or nurse-midwife.
  • Must be a New Mexico licensed nurse practitioner (NP) or nurse-midwife, or eligible for New Mexico licensure, which must be obtained within the first term enrolled.
  • An interview is required as part of the admissions process.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Requirements

Clinical Concentration

  • Applicants must have a Master's degree as an Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife or Clinical Nurse Specialist from a nationally accredited program.
  • Applications must include a 2-3 page scholarly paper that identifies a system or population focus and related health problem area that you intend to address as part of your DNP program.

Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership (NEOL) Concentration

  • Applicants must have either a master's degree in nursing with a Nurse Administration Concentration or a BSN and master's degree in related field, (MBA, MPA, MPH, MSA).
  • Applicants with a master's degree in Nursing Education, Informatics, Health Policy, or a Clinical concentration who are working in management/leadership positions can apply.
    • You must take the Nursing Administration's comprehensive exam that covers business, quality, human resources and organizational systems. A passing score on this exam is 80% and you will receive a score for each of the four areas of content.
    • If you do not pass one or more sections of the exam, you will be tutored by one of the faculty and you may re-take the exam up to two more times.
    • Recommended three years in progressive nursing management or leadership practice management or equivalent as determined by the applications committee.
    • Submission of a two- to three-page scholarly document. Describe an example of a specific health care administration problem that you would like to see changed (preferably your scholarly project idea), or a first-authored publication. This must be written using APA.
    • Must have arranged practice site(s) for residency and capstone courses to meet all clinical clearances and liability requirements of the site(s) by end of first term of enrollment.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application requirements for each program, international applicants must also satisfy the following requirements prior to being considered for admission to the UNM College of Nursing. Some programs are offered on a part-time basis and/or are offered online only. International students must be enrolled full-time in order to qualify for student visas.

  • International applicants must also submit an application through the University's Global Education Office and must contact this office to learn more about being an international student at UNM.
  • Foreign academic records will need to be evaluated by a credentialing service prior to submitting your application to The University of New Mexico. College of Nursing academic advisors cannot evaluate foreign transcripts or professional credentials. Contact the Global Education Office for information about transcript/diploma evaluation.
    • If applying to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, applicants must have completed the equivalent of a United States upper secondary school education and have appropriate diplomas or satisfactory results on exit examinations.
    • If applying to a Master of Science in Nursing degree or higher degree, applicants must have earned a degree that is equivalent to the United States bachelor's level degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Applicants with international professional credentials should contact the New Mexico Board of Nursing to have their professional credentials reviewed for U.S. equivalency.