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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Explore three options for earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through the University of New Mexico College of Nursing:

Each option will help you be part of the field of nursing – a career that provides exciting opportunities in a wide variety of health care settings, with the added benefit of flexible working hours. You'll make a difference in the lives of people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

Pre-Licensure BSN Option

Prepare to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam with the New Mexico State Board of Nursing.

UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho students will be taking nursing classes at our Rio Rancho location. All other will take nursing courses at UNM Health Sciences Center campus in Albuquerque.

What to Expect During Your Education

  • Three semesters of prerequisites
  • Five consecutive terms, including summers, upon admission to the UNM College of Nursing
  • Coursework on campus
  • Experiential clinical courses in a hospital or clinical setting

Pre-Licensure and Dual Degree Options: Program of Study

("N" classes are nursing courses. Course numbers may vary by institution.)

FRESHMAN YEAR (32 Credit Hours)

Prerequisite Semester 1CreditsPrerequisite Semester 2Credits
English- Composition I3English - Composition II3
Biology- Biology for Health Sciences lecture/lab4Chemistry- Introduction to Chemistry lecture/lab4
Psychology- Introduction to Psychology3Mathematics- Introduction to Statistics3
Math prerequisite as needed for Chemistry and/or Statistics3Nutrition- Human Nutrition3
UNM General Education Area 1, 5, 6 or 73Nursing- Lifespan Growth and Development3
Total Credit Hours  16Total Credit Hours16

SOPHOMORE YEAR (32 Credit Hours)

Prerequisite Semester 3CreditsNURSING LEVEL 1Credits
Biology- Microbiology for Health Sciences lecture/lab  4Nursing- Pathophysiology II3
Biology- Anatomy and Physiology I  3Biology - Anatomy and Physiology II3
Nursing- Pathophysiology I   3NMNC- Introduction to Nursing Concepts3
UNM General Education Area 1, 5, 6 or 7     3NMNC- Principles of Nursing Practice4
UNM General Education Area 1, 5, 6 or 7   3NMNC- Evidence-Based Practice3
Total Credit Hours  16Total Credit Hours16

JUNIOR YEAR (29 Credit Hours)

NURSING LEVEL 2CreditsNURSING LEVEL 3Credits
NMNC- Nursing Pharmacology3NMNC- Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions4
NMNC- Health and Illness Concepts I3NMNC- Health and Illness Concepts II 3
NMNC- Health Care Participant3NMNC- Professional Nursing Concepts I3
NMNC- Assessment and Health Promotion4Nursing elective or Nursing Honors (if accepted)3/2
Nursing Honors (if accepted)1UNM General Education Area 1, 5, 6 or 73
Total Credit Hours  13/14Total Credit Hours16/15

SENIOR YEAR (29 Credit Hours)

NURSING LEVEL 4CreditsNURSING LEVEL 5 Credits
NMNC- Clinical Intensive I4NMNC- Clinical Intensive III 4
NMNC- Clinical Intensive II4NMNC- BSN Capstone4
NMNC- Health and Illness Concepts4NMNC- Concept Synthesis 3
Nursing elective or Nursing Honors (if accepted)       3/2NMNC- Professional Nursing Concepts II 3
Nursing Honors (if accepted)    1
Total Credit Hours  15/14Total Credit Hours14/15

Student Objectives

  1. Engage in professional nursing practice that is patient-centered and culturally appropriate for individuals, families and communities.
  2. Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety into nursing practice within health care organizations and systems.
  3. Deliver nursing care that is evidence-based.
  4. Demonstrate leadership behaviors through the application of policies that apply to health care delivery.
  5. Engage in effective interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of health care for quality patient outcomes.
  6. Use technologies for the management of information and delivery of patient care.

Freshman Honors Direct-Entry Pre-Licensure BSN

This is a unique opportunity for academically motivated students with a goal to pursue graduate studies in nursing upon completion of their undergraduate program. Select applicants will be admitted as freshmen to both the College of Nursing and UNM Honors College, taking classes at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque Campus. All freshman year and first semester sophomore classes must be successfully completed prior to the start of Level 1 nursing courses.

Students will begin Level 1 nursing courses in the Fall term following their admission. The BSN Pre-Licensure option prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam with the New Mexico State Board of Nursing upon completion of all program requirements.

During their undergraduate studies, students will develop their areas of interest for progression to advanced studies in nursing, including MSN, DNP and PhD degree programs.

What to Expect During Your Education

  • Three consecutive terms, including summer, of College of Nursing and Honors College prerequisites. 
  • Maintenance of cumulative 3.2 GPA during your freshman terms. 
  • Five consecutive terms, including summers, of College of Nursing courses (Levels 1-5). 
  • Successful completion of six credits of Nursing Honors courses (NURS 498 and 499). 
  • Successful completion of at least nine (9) credits of Honors College courses in addition to NURS 498 and 499. 
  • Coursework at the UNM College of Nursing Albuquerque campus. 
  • Experiential clinical courses in a hospital or clinical setting.  
  • Completion of HESI A2 exam prior to beginning Nursing Level 1. 

Minimum Criteria for Acceptance

  • Have academic credit (via Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, etc.) for: 
    • Biology (equivalent to BIOL 1140/1140L or higher) or Chemistry (equivalent to 1120C or higher)
    • Introduction to Psychology 1110
  • Be eligible to take first semester of Freshman year:
    • Introduction to Statistics Math 1350
    • English Composition II 1120
    • Human Nutrition
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5 
  • Minimums exam scores of: ACT 28 composite or SAT 1320 composite 
  • Acceptance to the UNM Honors College. 

Student Objectives

  • Engage in professional nursing practice that is patient-centered and culturally appropriate for individuals, families and communities. 
  • Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety into nursing practice within health care organizations and systems. 
  • Deliver nursing care that is evidence-based. 
  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors through the application of policies that apply to health care delivery. 
  • Engage in effective interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of health care for quality patient outcomes. 
  • Use technologies for the management of information and delivery of patient care. 

Dual Degree BSN Option

In the dual degree program, you're based at a community college and co-enrolled at the partnering university to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Working on a dual degree prepares you to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam with the New Mexico State Board of Nursing.

What to Expect During Your Education

  • Three semesters of prerequisites
  • Five terms upon admission
  • Coursework delivered at the community college campus
  • Experiential clinical courses in a hospital or clinical setting arranged by your local community college

Time Commitments for Pre-licensure and Dual Degree BSN Options

The University of New MexicoMonths
Health Sciences Campus – Albuquerque20
UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho Campus (HSCRR)20
Dual Degree Partner InstitutionsMonths
Central New Mexico Community College20
San Juan College24-28
Santa Fe Community College24-28
University of New Mexico – Gallup24-28
University of New Mexico – Taos24
University of New Mexico – Valencia24-28

Find useful information about your education at the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC), a collaborative involving nursing programs across the state of New Mexico.

RN to BSN Online

Choose the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option if you're an associate's degree-level nurse who is licensed or pending licensure, and you want to complete a bachelor's degree in nursing. Learn more about the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option.