Nursing (RN to BSN Option), 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:

The RN to BSN Degree Completion Option is designed for Associate's Degree-level nurses who are licensed or pending licensure and are seeking to complete their bacheolor's degree in nursing. This option is only available online and is not available to residents in some states. Please check to make sure the program is avaiable to residents in your state before applying for admission. Successful applicants must:
  1. Achieve at least a 2.5 cummulative grade point average (GPA) on all college-level coursework.
  2. Completion of English 120 (or its equivalent).
  3. Have at least 26 hours of transferable coursework.
  4. Have a valid RN license or be eligble for an RN license in any U.S. state.
  5. Recent ADN graduates must obtain RN license with 14 weeks of acceptance.

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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