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Undergraduate Program at The College of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The College of Nursing offers the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree through two distinct options: basic entry option, and RN to BSN degree completion option.

Screening for admission to the College is conducted at periodic intervals. All applications, fees and official transcripts must be received by the deadline. Students should submit applications early to allow for adequate advisement and processing of applications.

Nursing is a growing, vital field that provides numerous opportunities for employment in a wide variety of health care settings with the added benefit of flexible working hours. Nurses work throughout the country with people of different age groups and cultural backgrounds. Nursing education at the University of New Mexico is predicated on the belief that learning is an individual and lifelong process.

Basic Entry Option

The BSN degree not only provides the broadest background in the sciences and liberal arts, but also prepares you for a fascinating, lifelong career. The basic BSN Program at the College of Nursing covers 5 academic terms, approximately 20 months. The entire program consists of foundation courses during the first 3 terms and clinical courses at the College of Nursing for the last 5 terms.  Once accepted to the College of Nursing the last 5 terms must be taken year-round, including the summer. While in clinical courses, you will experience hands-on learning in hospitals and other health care settings under the supervision of nursing faculty.

Dual Degree Option

The Dual Degree Option is a partnership with several community colleges throughout the state and the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM) that allows students to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) concurrently without leaving their home community. On BSN completion, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam with the New Mexico State Board of Nursing. This is a competitive application screening. Students are applying to a five-term program, which will be 20 months in duration, typically running continuously through the fall, spring, and summer terms. Students are responsible for tuition and fees at both the community college and UNM, with financial aid and scholarships available through UNM, if eligible.

RN to BSN Degree Completion Option

The College of Nursing has developed an online plan to accommodate the special needs of registered nurses (RNs) who wish to return to school to complete a baccalaureate degree. The plan allows for student flexibility in scheduling. Prior university course work can be transferred where appropriate.

RN students are allowed to accelerate through the upper-division major according to individual capacity, based upon a credit examination process and enrollment in required nursing courses. Each RN student must demonstrate achievement of the outcomes expected of all College of Nursing baccalaureate students.

Each RN student is counseled individually to help clarify career goals and to plan an educational program that will be of greatest benefit in meeting those goals.

Curriculum Goals for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The goals of the BSN program are to prepare graduates to meet the complex health care needs of New Mexicans in an evolving health care environment and to prepare graduates for advanced nursing education.

Curriculum Objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The graduates of the baccalaureate in nursing program will:

1. Engage in life long learning to maximize high-quality nursing care through increased understanding of human responses to health and illnesses.

2. Apply evidence-based practice in nursing care.

3. Provide culturally appropriate, patient-centered nursing care to individuals, families, and communities.

4. Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to improve the quality of health care.

5. Apply leadership principles in varied professional nursing practice roles.

6. Apply critical thinking in the development, implementation, and evaluation of standards for professional nursing practice.

7. Incorporate appropriate technologic advances into high-quality nursing care.

New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium

The UNM College of Nursing is a full member of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) and has implemented the NMNEC common statewide curriculum. More information about prerequisites, the Program of Study, admissions, and ADN and BSN partnerships is available by clicking here.