Nursing, BSN

College of Nursing

Program Description:

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

The goals of the B.S.N. 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.

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. 

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:
  1. Submitted application and required academic records by the deadline dates; successfully completed all prerequisite classes, with a "C" or better, by the date specified in the current application packet for each option.
  2. For entry into the basic entry option, see below. For entry to the R.N.-B.S.N. option, maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 based on all college work.
  3. Competency in basic computer skills including: general computer knowledge, word processing, data inquiry (databases and search engines), communication (e-mail), and searching the World Wide Web using the Internet.
  4. Additional information may be utilized to rank applicants; examples may include grade point average, and geographical differences.

NOTE: Preference is given to New Mexico residents.


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. 


Contact Information:

Ann Marie Oechsler: Student Advisement Office
(505) 272-4223
aoechsler@salud.unm.edu