Nursing (Pre-Licensure), BSN

College of Nursing

Program Description:

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

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


Admission Requirements:

It is the goal of the College to admit a diverse student body who will serve the health care needs of New Mexico. To be considered for acceptance into the College of Nursing the student must have:

BSN Pre-licensure Option:

  1. New Mexico residents will be given preference.
  2. Achieve at least a 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0 in all prerequisite courses in semesters 1-2. Successful completion of prerequisite courses in semester 3 by the beginning of Nursing Level 1.
  3. Complete the HESI A2 exam, scoring a minimum of 75% on each subtest in Basic Math Skills, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Biology, Chemistry, Vocabulary and General Knowledge.
  4. Complete the NursingCAS application.
  5. Send official college transcripts from all institutions you attended directly to NursingCAS.

Selections form 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 al prerequisite courses in semesters 1-2. Successful completion of prerequisite courses in semester 3 by the beginning of Nursing Level 1.
  2. Complete the NursingCAS application.
  3. Send official college transcripts from all institutions you attended directly to NursingCAS.
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. 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. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and varied roles. 

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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