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New Mexico Nursing Schools

Accredited Nursing Schools in New Mexico

In New Mexico and in other US states, our experts help nursing students and nursing schools connect. Below is our list of nursing schools in New Mexico accredited by at least one of the two major US nursing commissions: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC or NLN). Browse our list of accredited online nursing schools and New Mexico campus locations, then request free information from any or all New Mexico nursing schools that have provided online information request forms. To view another US state, please visit our all nursing schools guide home page.

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Nursing Schools Explore your nursing or healthcare career opportunities with a top ranked university through The College Network. The College Network is a partnership of well known universities in the United States. For strategic reasons, these universities have joined together to share technology and best practices. The College Network offers accredited LVN / LPN to RN, Diploma RN to BSN, RN to BSN, LVN / LPN to BSN, RN to MSN and Health Care Administration Master Degree programs online and in home study formats. Nursing school degrees are accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC or NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the same accreditations as nursing schools in New Mexico with traditional on campus based nursing school programs. Dynamic programs allow you to complete general education and elective courses using comprehensive learning materials to pass proficiency exams (CLEP, Prometric, DANTES). Local clinicals are made available at nursing schools in New Mexico with no clinical testing, and costs are kept low with the added benefit of guaranteed financing.

New Mexico Nursing Schools No classes to attend, complete virtually 100% of your coursework from the comfort of your home. Currently licensed LPN's and RN's in New Mexico are pre-approved for financing. Fast-track options are available for most New Mexico nursing programs, however, you can complete your coursework at your own pace. Academic advisors are available 8am to 11pm Monday through Friday, and The College Network guarantees your academic success. Currently The College Network education partners are the National League for Nursing, Angelo State University, Bellevue University, Boston University, Cornell University, Deaconess College, Indiana State University, Regis University, Salve Regina University, University of Southern California, and Vicennes University. The first step to advancing your nursing career is to request free information from The College Network.

New Mexico Nursing Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Associate of Science in Nursing LPN to ASN
    Note: commonly referred to as LPN to Registered Nurse LPN to RN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LPN to BSN
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing LVN to BSN
    Note: LVN to BSN please select "LPN to BSN" when requesting info
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN
  • Diploma/Foreign Trained RN to BSN (must be licensed RN)
  • Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing RN to MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing MSN, BSN to MSN

New Mexico Healthcare Degrees: Request Free Info

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Minor in Healthcare
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (Informatics)
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with Healthcare Minor
  • Master of Business Administration MBA Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accredited Nursing Schools in New Mexico

RNs: It is mandatory for nurses to be licensed and to claim residency in New Mexico in order to practice as a nurse in the state. For those individuals interested in pursuing a RN career in New Mexico, nurses must successfully complete an accredited nursing diploma program or earn an associate or bachelor degree in nursing, but those with bachelor degrees are likely to have the best career prospects. They must have also passed the NCLEX-RN exam after they complete their program and submit to background criminal history and fingerprint checks. In the state of New Mexico, nurses must also renew their nursing license every 2 years and submit to continuing education training to be eligible for renewal. There are approximately 12,340 registered nurses practicing in New Mexico.

LPNs: To become a LPN in New Mexico, individuals must complete an approved or accredited nursing diploma program or earn a associate or bachelor degree in nursing. After completing their desired program, those interested in an LPN career need to successfully take the NCLEX exam and receive a license from the New Mexico Board of Nursing to be certified to practice as a nurse. This will also include submitting to a state and national background check as well as the submittal of fingerprints. There are approximately 4,840 licensed practical nurses practicing in New Mexico.

The Best Cities in New Mexico for Nursing Jobs 

  • Albuquerque. Being the largest city in New Mexico with a population of over 545,000 people, Albuquerque is the medical hub of the state. The city is home to numerous state-of-the-art medical centers and is also home to the only Level I Trauma center in the state. Albuquerque also has numerous parks, attractions, bike paths, and hiking areas scattered across the area for residents and visitors to enjoy.       
    • RNs: Albuquerque employs approximately 5,990 RNs, with the average salary coming to $66,410 annually.
    • LPNS: Albuquerque employs approximately 2,820 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $56,080 annually.
  • Las Cruces. Known as "The City of Crosses", Las Cruces is the second largest city in the state with a population of just under 100,00 people, according to the most recent Census. Las Cruces is home to several hospitals, medical centers, and clinics. The city boasts a dominant landscape of mountains and peaks and operates over 80 parks and numerous tennis courts, golf courses, and events for exercise and physical activity.       
    • RNs: Las Cruces employs approximately 1,690 RNs, with the average salary coming to $59,140 annually.
    • LPNS: Las Cruces employs approximately 200 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $40,710 annually.
  • Santa Fe. Sante Fe is the capital of New Mexico and is well-known for its arts and multicultural aspects of the city. Santa Fe is home to PHS Santa Fe Indian Hospital and Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, which is the only Level III Trauma hospital in the northern part of the state. The city is rich in visual art galleries, sculptures, literature, music and dance, and has numerous museums across the city with several Native American exhibits.       
    • RNs: Santa Fe employs approximately 820 RNs, with the average salary coming to $60,910 annually.
    • LPNS: Santa Fe employs approximately 390 LPNs, with the average salary coming to $40,320 annually.

 Major Hospitals in New Mexico

  • University of New Mexico Hospital. Located in Albuquerque, this is the largest academic and health institution in New Mexico consisting of hospitals, a college of nursing, a school of medicine, a cancer research and treatment center, a college of pharmacy, and a health sciences library. It is the only Trauma Level I provider in the state, has been recognized for its training and development, and was designated a Pathway to Excellence award, which identifies positive elements of work environments.
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  • Christus St. Vincent Medical Center. This hospital, the oldest in the state, is the only Level III Trauma center in Northern New Mexico. St. Vincent is located in Santa Fe, is a non-profit, non-affiliated hospital with a local board of directors, and is committed to providing its patients with exceptional patient care.
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  • San Juan Regional Medical Center. Located in Farmington, San Juan Regional Medical Center offers a broad range of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative services. This hospital prides itself on providing its patients with health care regardless of race, gender, age, or ability to pay and always strives to offer the best staff and services around.
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  • Heart Hospital of New Mexico. Located in Albuquerque, this hospital specializes in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Ranked the number one cardiac program in New Mexico, the hospital has also been ranked a best place to work, received a chest pain accreditation recognition, and was designated a Blue Distinction Center for Care by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.
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  • Presbyterian Hospital This hospital is a not-for-profit system of hospitals committed to improving the health of individuals in New Mexico. Presbyterian Hospital received awards in 2010 for one of the top intensive care units in the country, received recognitions for nursing excellence, and received recognition for having New Mexico’s top-ranked health care plan for the third year in a row.

Eastern New Mexico University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Portales, New Mexico
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN
School Founded In: 1934
Nursing Accredited By: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Nursing School Website: http://www.enmu.edu

New Mexico State University School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN
School Founded In: 1888
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.nmsu.edu

University of New Mexico School of Nursing
Nursing School Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nursing Degree Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
School Founded In: 1889
Nursing Accredited By: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Nursing School Website: http://www.unm.edu