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It takes a special kind of person to become a nurse – someone motivated to take on the world and improve patient care. Make a difference and be a part of UNM’s Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program.

Be a part of the profession of nursing – a career that provides exciting opportunities in a wide variety of health care settings, with the added benefit of flexible working hours. You'll make a difference in the lives of all you care for.

4 Options to Earn YourPre-Licensure BSN

The Pre-licensure BSN program is designed for students who do not have an RN License and will become a nurse for the first time.We offer 4 options to earn your degree – Health SciencesAlbuquerque Campus, Health Sciences Rio Rancho Campus, Freshman Direct-Entry andBSN Dual Degree.

Explore your options below.

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Health Sciences Albuquerque CampusOption

Option designed for students who want to attend UNM Health Sciences Center Campus in Albuquerque, NM. Students apply in their sophomore year at UNM or as a transfer student.

Explore the Albuquerque Campus Option

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Health Sciences Rio Rancho CampusOption

Option designed for students who want to attend UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho Campus in Rio Rancho, NM. Students apply in their sophomore year at UNM or as a transfer student.

Explore the Rio Rancho Campus Option

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Freshman Direct-Entry Option

Option designed for highly motivated high school seniors who meet specific, pre-established criteria to apply for guaranteed admission into the prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at UNM Main Campus and the Health Sciences Campus in Albuquerque. Students are encouraged to continue their education in our graduate degree programs, including MSN, DNP, and PhD.

Explore the Freshman Direct-Entry Option

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BSN Dual DegreeOption

Earn your Associates & BSN

Option designed for students who want to stay in their New Mexico community. You will be based at your local community college or branch campus and co-enrolled at UNM to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Explore the BSN Dual Degree Option

Still not sure what option is right for you?

Check out ourPath to your BSN Guide–a flowchart that helps you determine what options are right for you.

More than one option may be fit for you. We encourage you toapply to all program options you’re interested in.

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You have thought about it. The time is now. Apply to our BSN program.

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Learn about Education

Judy Liesveld, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, CNE FAAN, Interim Associate Dean of Innovation & Community Outreach, tells you about the exceptional education you will receive here at the UNM College of Nursing.

Explore Practice

Carolyn Montoya, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, FAANP, Interim Executive Vice Dean, defines what practice and community looks like here at the UNM College of Nursing.

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Your Questions Answered

What is the difference between our Pre-Licensure Health Sciences Albuquerque Campus (HSC-ABQ) or Health Sciences Rio Rancho Campus (HSC-Rio Rancho) options and Dual Degree options?

In the BSN Pre-Licensure HSC-ABQ or HSC-Rio Rancho options you will take all classes, in-person, at UNM.

In the Dual Degree option, you will take most of the nursing curriculum through one of our partner schools and a handful of classes scattered throughout the program at UNM.

At the end of either program, the Pre-Licensure HSC-ABQ, HSC-Rio Rancho or the Dual Degree, you will earn a BSN from UNM.

What is the difference between Freshman Direct-Entry and Pre-Licensure HSC-ABQ or HSC-Rio Rancho Campus Options?

In the BSN Pre-Licensure Freshman Direct-Entry option you will apply in your senior year of high school to the UNM College of Nursing. You will be a part of the College of Nursing while completing your nursing pre-requisites, and will be on the path to earn your BSN and prepare to continue directly into graduate school upon graduation.

In the BSN Pre-Licensure HSC-ABQ or HSC-Rio Rancho options you will apply to the College of Nursing after completing all nursing pre-requisites. You will begin nursing courses, in-person, at UNM HSC-ABQ or HSC-Rio Rancho Campus upon acceptance into the College of Nursing.

Can I apply for multiple BSN program options?

Yes, we recommend students apply to multiple BSN program options to give yourself the best option to get into a program.

What are the Application Deadlines?

Visit https://hsc.unm.edu/nursing/admissions/apply/deadlines.html for the up to date application deadlines.

What are the BSN admission pre-requisites needed to apply?

  • English 1110 Composition I
  • English 1120 Composition II
  • Biology 1140/1140L Biology for Health Sciences/Lab
  • Chemistry 1120 Introduction to Chemistry/Lab
  • Psychology 1110 Introduction to Psychology
  • Nutrition 2110 Human Nutrition
  • Nursing 224 Growth & Development

What are the BSN pre-requisites needed before starting nursing level 1?

  • Math 1350 Introduction to Statistics
  • Biology 2305 Microbiology for Health Sciences/Lab
  • Biology 2210 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Nursing 239 Pathophysiology I

It is recommended that students start Nursing Level 1 with 9hrs of UNM General Education requirements completed.

Can I use a course I took at a different university/institution for my nursing pre-requisites?

You can use UNM’s Transfer Equivalency System (TES) to help you determine how your coursework from other institutions may transfer and be used as part of your UNM degree
https://admissions.unm.edu/future-students/transfer/transfer-equivalencies.html

How can I see what classes I’ve already taken and how they will apply towards my BSN pre-requisites?

If you are a current UNM student you have access to LoboTrax Degree Audit. https://registrar.unm.edu/Registration/lobo-trax-degree-audit.html

If you are not a current UNM student you can request a Transcript Audit Request.

What are the UNM General Education requirements?

Visithttps://gened.unm.edu/for UNM General Education requirements.

What if I have a previous Bachelor’s Degree, do I have to complete General Education courses?

No, with a previous Bachelor's degree, you are not required to take any UNM General Education courses, as those are first degree requirement only.

If I have questions about tuition, scholarship, and/or financial aid who should I contact?

The College of Nursing has our very own designated Financial Aid Office. Please contact them atHSC-CON-FinancialAid@salud.unm.edufor any of your tuition, scholarship, financial aid questions.

Please note, if you contact UNM Main campus financial aid office about nursing specifically you may get incorrect information. Not because they are trying to give you wrong information, they just don’t know the specifics of our 20 different nursing programs.

I’m not 18 years old yet, can I still apply?

Most of the time, students under 18 will need parent permission/consent before they will be cleared to complete a clinical rotation. However, some clinical sites may limit experiences due to liability.

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