RN to BSN in New Mexico

Recently, New Mexico’s governor signed a bill funding upgrades to state health care facilities, an initiative that will create jobs for nurses. Improvements to infrastructure and other areas are aimed at improving the quality of life for all New Mexico residents. New Mexico issues multi-state licenses to its registered nurses, giving them the ability to work in over 20 other states if they choose.

Nurses in New Mexico will find the most abundant opportunities in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Farmington. Nursing assistants can make about $26,000 annually, and practical/vocational nurses earn $45,000 per year. Registered nurses earn about $65,000 annually, and nurse practitioners can make about $100,000 per year.

RN-to-BSN Programs in New Mexico

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of New Mexico’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Eastern New Mexico University

$ 216 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

30 Days Prior to the Beginning of the Semester

  • MSN program is also offered.
  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • RN to BSN coursework usually offered in six hour blocks per semester.
Online 1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130

New Mexico Highlands University

$ 600 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

For more information contact the admissions office at 505.434.3439

  • No other nursing programs offered other than RN to BSN.
  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • Full-time and part-time attendance are both accepted.
Online University Ave
Las Vegas, NM 87701

New Mexico State University

$ 219 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

For admissions information, contact the School of Nursing at 575.646.3812

  • Traditional BSN degree program and several graduate and doctoral programs are offered.
  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • The opportunity to gain experience at the Nursing Sim Center is available to students.
Campus and Online 2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Northern New Mexico College

$ 125 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Last Friday of April

  • RN to BSN program held on campus; requires 120-122 credit hours to complete.
  • ASN with licensure track and an ASN for students who want to become licensed practical nurses are also offered.
Campus 921 Paseo de Onate
Española, NM 87532

University of New Mexico

$ 400 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Semester: June 15 - September 15
  • Fall Semester: October 15 - February 15
  • A full slate of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing curriculums are offered.
  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • Students can pursue dual-degrees (ASN and BSN) concurrently through local community colleges.
Online 1700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Western New Mexico University

$ 238 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

August 12th

  • RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online.
  • The Pre-Licensure Nursing Program begins its first year in Fall 2015.
  • Two graduate certificate programs in Clinical Leadership and Leadership in Healthcare Systems are offered.
Online 1000 W. College Ave
Silver City, NM 88061

Please contact the RN to BSN program in New Mexico that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in New Mexico that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, New Mexico has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined the ways in which New Mexico is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of New Mexico RN’s with a BSN?

New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) developed a standard curriculum and presented it to the state’s colleges and universities. They are also working with community colleges to establish BSN tracks for students.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?



What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC offers leadership trainings to nurses statewide.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. No specific plans announced.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?


Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The AC partners with the New Mexico Nurses Association to recruit Hispanic nurses through outreach programs.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The coalition works with the NM Health Professions Workforce Data Analysis Center to find new ways to collect and use workforce demand data.

Contact Info

Joie Glenn

Board President
New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence

Patty Kehoe

Molina Healthcare

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the New Mexico Action Coalition page.

New Mexico Licensing

New Mexico is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the New Mexico Department of Health and Human Services.

licensure map

Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: " The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

  • National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Chapters in New Mexico

    View Info

    NMSU Student Nurses Association

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