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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 West 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 - Accelerated Composition3English - Composition III3
Biology - Biology for Health Sciences/Lab4Chemistry - Elements of General Chemistry/Lab  4
UNM Core Area 4, 5, 6 or 73Statistics- Introduction to Statistics3
Psychology - General Psychology3Nutrition - Human Nutrition3
Math prerequisite as needed for Chemistry and/or Statistics3(N) Growth & Development3
Total Credit Hours  16Total Credit Hours16

SOPHOMORE YEAR (32 Credit Hours)

Prerequisite Semester 3CreditsNURSING LEVEL 1Credits
Biology - Health Sciences Microbiology/Lab  4(N) Pathophysiology II3
Biology - Anatomy and Physiology I  3Biology - Anatomy and Physiology II3
(N) Pathophysiology I  3(N) Intro to Nursing Concepts3
UNM Core Area 4, 5, 6 or 73(N) Principles of Nursing Practice4
UNM Core Area 4, 5, 6 or 73(N) Evidence-Based Practice3
Total Credit Hours  16Total Credit Hours16

JUNIOR YEAR (32 Credit Hours)

NURSING LEVEL 2CreditsNURSING LEVEL 3Credits
(N) Nursing Pharmacology3Approved Upper Division Nursing Elective or Nursing Honors3
(N) Health and Illness Concepts I3(N) Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions4
(N) Health Care Participant3(N) Health & Illness Concepts II3
(N) Assessment & Health Promotion4(N) Professional Nursing Concepts I3
UNM Core Area 4, 5, 6 or 73UNM Core Area 4, 5, 6 or 73
Total Credit Hours  16Total Credit Hours16

SENIOR YEAR (32 Credit Hours)

NURSING LEVEL 4CreditsNURSING LEVEL 5 Credits
(N) Clinical Intensive I4(N) Clinical Intensive III4
(N) Clinical Intensive II4(N) Capstone Practicum4
(N) Health & Illness Concepts III4(N) Concept Synthesis3
UNM Core Area 1 Additional Writing and Speaking3(N) Professional Nursing Concepts II3
Approved Upper Division Nursing Elective or Nursing Honors3
Total Credit Hours  18Total Credit Hours14

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.

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 West – Rio Rancho20
Dual Degree Partner InstitutionsMonths
Central New Mexico Community College20
New Mexico Junior College24
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.