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Admission Process

Hold a bachelor’s degree (e.g., B.S.N.) from an accredited (N.L.N.A.C. or C.C.N.E.) nursing program, with an upper-division major in nursing. (Graduates from non-accredited programs and R.N.s with a baccalaureate degree in non-nursing fields are considered on an individual basis.) R.N.s with non-nursing baccalaureate have one opportunity to pass a Community Health test prior to the application deadline. Results of the exam must be received within 5 days of application deadline.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for baccalaureate work.
  • Registered nurse licensure (or eligibility for licensure) in New Mexico.
  • A minimum of one-year work experience as a registered nurse. (May vary with concentration.)
  • R.N.s with a non-nursing baccalaureate must pass a Community Health test prior to admission.
  • Community Health Test Guide (Click here to download the guide)
    • Note: The Community Health test is only offered by arrangement. You must have the results submitted within 5 days of the application deadline, so you must plan ahead. Please contact the advisement office for information regarding administration.
    • Cost is $35; payment must be made before the test is ordered. Contact Student Services to schedule the test. HSC-CON-StudentServices@salud.unm.edu

For Application Deadlines click here and select Master's Program.

Note: Early application is recommended. Most courses cannot be taken until the student is accepted into the program and is eligible for licensure in New Mexico.

Note: RNs with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree have one opportunity to pass a Community Health test prior to the application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the Nursing Advisement office has received a copy of the results within five days of the College of Nursing application deadline. The Community Health Test Guide, and test scheduling procedure, is available within the online application process. Cost is $35.

For more information contact:
Student Advisement Office
HSC-CON-StudentServices@salud.unm.edu