Nursing (Pre-Licensure), BSN

College of Nursing

Program Description:

The College of Nursing offers the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree through three distinct options: Pre-Licensure Option, NMNEC Dual Degree Option, and RN to BSN Degree Completion Option.

The goals of the College of Nursing are to prepare successful nursing professionals, create a community within the University of New Mexico College of Nursing that is diverse, inclusive and supportive, and to develop and sustain collaborative partnerships.


Admission Requirements:

To be considered for acceptance into the College of Nursing the student must:

BSN Pre-licensure Option:

  1. Achieve at least a 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0 in the following prerequisite courses: English- Accelerated Composition, English- Composition III, Biology for Health Sciences/Lab, Elements of General Chemistry/Lab, General Psychology, Human Nutrition and Growth and Development.
  2. Successful completion of prerequisite courses prior to starting Nursing Level 1: Introduction to Statistics, Microbiology for Health Sciences/Lab, Anatomy and Physiology I, Pathophysiology I, and 9 hours of UNM Core.
  3. Complete the HESI A2 exam, scoring a minimum of 75% on each subtest: Math, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Biology, Chemistry, Vocabulary and Knowledge.
  4. Complete the NursingCAS application, including sending official college transcripts from all institutions you attended directly to NursingCAS.

Selection from qualified applicants are based on the HESI A2 composite score, GPA of required classes, and other factors.

NMNEC Dual Degree Option:

  1. Achieve at least a 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0 in the following prerequisite courses: English- Accelerated Composition, English- Composition III, Biology for Health Sciences/Lab, Elements of General Chemistry/Lab, General Psychology, Human Nutrition and Growth and Development.
  2. Successful completion of prerequisite courses prior to starting Nursing Level 1: Introduction to Statistics, Microbiology for Health Sciences/Lab, Anatomy and Physiology I, Pathophysiology I, and 9 hours of UNM Core.
  3. Complete the specific entrance exam required by your community college, meeting minimum requirements.
  4. Complete the NursingCAS application, including sending official college transcripts from all institutions you attended directly to NursingCAS.
  5. Complete your community college's application.
Selection from qualified applicants are based on the entrance exam composite score, GPA of required classes, and other factors.


Career Opportunities:

Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. Nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. They administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. Nurses may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. 

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S territories, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license. Nurses may be licensed in more than one state, either by examination or by the endorsement of a licensed issued by another state. Nursing programs range from associate degrees to graduate level programs; higher degrees typically involve a broader and more complex scope of patient care. UNM offers a variety of degree options at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. 


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