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New Mexico RN Programs

Free guide to state-approved Registered Nurse education programs in New Mexico

How to Become a Registered Nurse in New Mexico

There are two ways that you can become a registered nurse in the state of New Mexico; the first is to complete a program in a state approved institution and pass the NCLEX-RN exam. The other way you can work as a nurse in New Mexico when you have an RN license from another state is to complete a short course which teaches the requirements and regulations that apply to nurses in New Mexico and take a test to prove you have the proper training. The average RN salary in New Mexico is $78,340 a year, or $38 an hour.

Every state has its own rules and regulations but with a bit of study, patience and following procedures a registered nurse can work anywhere in the United States. There are two types of training programs that can be taken in New Mexico, the first is an Associate Degree in Nursing and the second is a Bachelor’s Degree. As in any other career, the Bachelor’s Degree takes longer, costs more money, but offers more training and preparation than the Associate Degree.

When the nursing pre-licensure education requirement has been met, the student can proceed to take the NCLEX-RN exam, which is a national licensing test. Even if the nurse comes from another state where he or she was working as a registered nurse, they still have to take the test again to practice nursing in New Mexico. A criminal history review is the last trial the aspiring nurse must pass. New Mexico registered nurses must have a clean record with regards to anything with the exception of routine traffic tickets, accidents and similar incidents. Any crime above that will render the nurse unemployable.

New Mexico registered nurse programs are intensive and they include a lot of hands on experience. The shortest program accepted by New Mexico is a two year academic program with classes that range from medical ethics all the way to chemistry and psychology. The complete program will depend on the specialty chosen by each student; some of these are adult care, emergency room, surgery, general care, rural and many more. During the two year program the students take a combination of theoretical classes and practical classes.

People who become registered nurses should possess the will and desire to serve and to care for others. New Mexico has great need for nurses especially in the rural areas which is why they have excellent financial support and opportunities for those who want to study this career. Their sacrifice and dedication is memorable and this is why they receive not only good salaries but the love and appreciation of the patients they care for.

New Mexico Associates Degree RN Programs

Anamarc College

2660 Airport Rd Suite 780
Santa Teresa, NM 88008
915-351-8100, x127

Carrington College

1001 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Central New Mexico Community College

525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Clovis Community College

417 Schepps Blvd.
Clovis NM 88101

Dona Ana Community College

MSC-3DA Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell

PO Box 6000
Roswell, NM 88202

Luna Community College

366 Luna Dr
Las Vegas, NM 87701

ITT Technical Institute

5100 Masthead Street NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Navajo Technical College

PO Box 849
Crownpoint, NM 87313

New Mexico Junior College

5317 Lovington Highway
Hobbs, NM 88240

New Mexico State University Alamogordo

2400 N Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad

1500 University Drive
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Northern New Mexico College

921 Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM 87532

Pima Medical Institute

400 Cutler Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

San Juan College

4601 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87402

Santa Fe Community College

6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87508

University of New Mexico – Gallup

200 College Rd
Gallup, NM 87301

University of New Mexico – Taos

1157 County Road #110
Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

University of New Mexico Valencia Campus

280 La Entrada
Los Lunas, NM 87031

Western New Mexico University

PO Box 680
Silver City, NM 88062
(575) 574-5140

Accredited New Mexico RN Schools

See our complete list of qualified RN nursing education programs in the state of New Mexico. The schools listed here offer pre-licensure nursing programs that meet the registered nursing education requirements set forth by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing. Although the schools listed on this page are accredited by the New Mexico Board of Nursing and approved by the state of New Mexico, they might not be accredited by national organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Individuals should check to see if the state-approved nursing school they are considering also enjoys national accreditation status if they are seeking a school with both accreditations.

New Mexico Bachelor Degree RN Programs

Brookline College

4775 Indian School Road NE Suite 310
Albuquerque, NM 87110
***Accelerated BSN Program***

Grand Canyon University

5901 Harper NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

New Mexico State University

MSC3185 Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003

University of New Mexico

MSC09 5350
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Resources for Nurses and Nursing Students in New Mexico

New Mexico Board of Nursing
New Mexico Ranks #3 For Nurses
Travel Nursing Jobs in New Mexico
New Mexico Center For Nursing Excellence
New Mexico Nurse License Guide