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Pre-Licensure BSN

It takes a special kind of person to become a nurse – someone motivated to take on the world and improve patient care. Make a difference and be a part of UNM’s Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program.

5 Options Available

The Pre-licensure BSN program is designed for students who do not have an RN License and will become a nurse for the first time. We offer five options to earn your degree –

Freshman Direct-Entry

Health Sciences Albuquerque Campus

Health Sciences Rio Rancho Campus

BSN Dual Degree

Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Option

Explore your options below.


Still not sure which option is right for you? 

Check out our Path to your BSN Guide–a flowchart that helps you determine what options are right for you.

More than one option may be fit for you. We encourage you to apply to all program options you’re interested in.

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You have thought about it. The time is now. Apply to our BSN program.

Your Questions Answered

In the BSN Pre-Licensure HSC-ABQ or HSC-Rio Rancho options you will take all classes, in-person, at UNM.

In the Dual Degree option, you will take most of the nursing curriculum through one of our partner schools and a handful of classes scattered throughout the program at UNM.

At the end of either program, the Pre-Licensure HSC-ABQ, HSC-Rio Rancho or the Dual Degree, you will earn a BSN from UNM.

In the BSN Pre-Licensure Freshman Direct-Entry option you will apply in your senior year of high school to the UNM College of Nursing. You will be a part of the College of Nursing while completing your nursing pre-requisites, and will be on the path to earn your BSN and prepare to continue directly into graduate school upon graduation.

In the BSN Pre-Licensure HSC-ABQ or HSC-Rio Rancho options you will apply to the College of Nursing after completing all nursing pre-requisites. You will begin nursing courses, in-person, at UNM HSC-ABQ or HSC-Rio Rancho Campus upon acceptance into the College of Nursing.

The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Option is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field and are interested in coming back to school to become a nurse.  These students complete an intensive program of studies over 16 months.  The other Pre-Licensure BSN Options are for students completing their first bachelor’s degree and are seeking to become a nurse. 


Yes, we recommend students apply to multiple BSN program options to give yourself the best option to get into a program.

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  • English 1120 Composition II
  • Biology 1140/1140L Biology for Health Sciences/Lab
  • Chemistry 1120 Introduction to Chemistry/Lab
  • Psychology 1110 Introduction to Psychology
  • Nutrition 2110 Human Nutrition
  • Nursing 224 Growth & Development
  • Math 1350 Introduction to Statistics
  • Biology 2305 Microbiology for Health Sciences/Lab
  • Biology 2210 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Nursing 239 Pathophysiology I

It is recommended that students start Nursing Level 1 with 9hrs of UNM General Education requirements completed.
You can use UNM’s Transfer Equivalency System (TES) to help you determine how your coursework from other institutions may transfer and be used as part of your UNM degree

If you are a current UNM student you have access to LoboTrax Degree Audit.

If you are not a current UNM student you can request a Transcript Audit Request.

Visit for UNM General Education requirements.
No, with a previous Bachelor's degree, you are not required to take any UNM General Education courses, as those are first degree requirement only.

The College of Nursing has our very own designated Financial Aid Office. Please contact them at for any of your tuition, scholarship, financial aid questions.

Please note, if you contact UNM Main campus financial aid office about nursing specifically you may get incorrect information. Not because they are trying to give you wrong information, they just don’t know the specifics of our 20 different nursing programs.

Most of the time, students under 18 will need parent permission/consent before they will be cleared to complete a clinical rotation. However, some clinical sites may limit experiences due to liability.

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Educating Health Care Leaders of Tomorrow

BSN Admissions Contact

Office of Admissions & Recruitment

College of Nursing
Building 235, Suite 255

Pre-Licensure Program Director

Sara Daykin, DNP, RN, CPEN, TCRN

Attend an Information Session with Admissions.