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Masters in Nursing Program at the College of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Graduate programs offer baccalaureate RN students the opportunity to continue their education. The CoN offers a graduate program in nursing leading to the MSN. Advanced practice concentrations prepare graduates to assume roles in health care as an acute care nurse practitioner, a family nurse practitioner, a pediatric nurse practitioner, or a nurse midwife. The CoN also offers a concentration in nursing education; the nursing administration and community health concentrations are not accepting new students at this time.  

A Post-Master's Professional Certificate program is available to nurses holding an MSN who wish to complete additional graduate work in an area of nursing not included in their initial master’s program. A minor in nursing is also available to nurses pursuing their degree in another field. The graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. For further information on the MSN program, contact the Student Advisement Office at 272-4223. 

Note: Preference for admission is given to New Mexico residents. Requirements may change without notice.

General Objectives for the Master’s Program include:

  1. Analyze theoretical formulations as a basis for nursing practice, education, and administration.
  2. Apply and/or participate in research about the nature of health/illness and the practice of nursing.
  3. Utilize advanced clinical knowledge and skill to promote, maintain, and/or restore optimum wellness to client systems.
  4. Assume leadership roles in nursing practice, education, or administration.
  5. Assume responsibility for developing health care policy relative to social, ethical, legal, economic, and political issues that impact on nursing.
  6. Organize and develop collaborative relationships for the improvement of health care on an agency, organizational, or legislative level.
  7. Synthesize knowledge from the biophysical, social, and nursing sciences which affects health/illness behavior or client systems as a basis for nursing practice, education, and administration.

All graduates of the MSN program, regardless of their chosen concentration, must complete 9 credits of general core courses. These courses include:

  • N501 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing 3 Credits
  • N503 Research in Nursing 3 Credits
  • N505 Health Care Policy, Systems and Financing for Advanced Practice Roles 3 Credits

Required courses for each concentration are listed in the specific concentration information page.

Graduate Course Work Without a License to Practice Nursing

Students may take graduate courses without a clinical component even if they are not licensed to practice nursing in the state of New Mexico. This may apply to non-degree students prior to application for admission to the program, individuals awaiting licensure by examination or reciprocity, individuals taking Web courses or individuals from other disciplines taking graduate nursing courses as electives. For any course having a required clinical component, the student must be licensed in the state in which they are completing the clinical experience.

Academic Regulations

Graduate students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 to stay in good academic standing. No more than 6 credit hours of course work graded C, C+, or CR may be credited toward the graduate degree. Individual graduate nursing concentrations may impose more rigorous academic standards for their clinical courses. Graduate students who do not earn a passing grade or better (as defined by the concentration) in any graduate nursing course on a second attempt are not allowed to progress. Graduate nursing students receiving less than a passing grade in any two nursing courses are also not allowed to progress in the College of Nursing. Students must wait one year before reapplying to the College of Nursing. Courses taken during the year cannot be counted in the program of studies. Prior to repeating a nursing course, the graduate student’s record is reviewed by an academic advisor. Progress will be monitored by an academic advisor.

NOTE: A grade of “B” or better is required for courses taken in non-degree status or at another university in order to be applied to the program of studies.