Best RN to BSN Online Programs in New Mexico
1. University of New Mexico
- Program: Online RN to BSN
- RN to BSN Credits: 30
- Length: Unspecified—Full-Time & Part-Time Available
- Accepts Out-of-State RNs: Yes—Check Available States
UNM is our undisputed #1 pick for New Mexico. The College of Nursing has 11,500+ nursing students (57% of students are minorities) and a giant research arm. It achieves sturdy NCLEX results and excellent board certification pass rates. It’s affiliated with 300+ clinical sites, including a Primary Care TeleECHO Clinic. It offers departmental scholarships. And it has a convenient, 100% Online RN to BSN with multiple start dates throughout the year. We love the fact that this program includes in-depth coursework (e.g. Genetic Literacy Across the Lifespan and Health Policy, Economics, and Systems), a Capstone practicum, and 6 credits of electives. You can tailor the degree to your career aims!
Cheapest RN to BSN Online Programs in New Mexico
To appear in our Cheapest rankings, New Mexico universities had to offer Online RN to BSN programs that were under $10,000 in total tuition. Only NNMC met this threshold, but we should point out that NMHU and UNM were just above that price. You may also want to check out our rankings of the Most Affordable Online RN to BSN Programs in the country.
1. Northern New Mexico College
- Program: Online RN to BSN
- RN to BSN Credits: 32
- Affordable Pick for Out-of-State: Yes
- Cost Info: Tuition & Fees
NNMC’s affordable tuition rate for upper division nursing courses, including all fees, is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. If you only need 32 credits for the CCNE-accredited Online RN to BSN, the price is going to be pretty low! In particular, this holistic program focuses on how to incorporate alternative and complementary therapies into nursing practice, including self-care and alternative therapies.
Fastest Online RN to BSN Programs in New Mexico
We had trouble finding any New Mexico Online RN to BSN programs that were less than 1 year/3 semesters on a full-time schedule. Many plans of study were organized on a 16-month or 2-year calendar. If you really need to earn your BSN in a hurry, have a look at our rankings of the Fastest Online RN to BSN Programs in the country. There are plenty of self-paced and 2-semester options in there.
RN to BSN Scholarships in New Mexico
Statewide Scholarships for New Mexico RN to BSN Students
New Mexico Nursing Organization Scholarships
Statewide and regional nursing organizations are going to be your best bet for New Mexico nursing scholarships. We particularly recommend:
- New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence: Nightingale Scholarships
- New Mexico Native American Indian Nurses Association (NMNAINA) Scholarships
New Mexico Community Foundation Scholarships
You might also want to take a moment to find your local Community Foundation in NM and ask them about scholarship opportunities. In addition to offering awards to recent high school graduates, foundations often have funds for adult learners. Here are just a couple of examples:
- Community Foundation Of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM) Scholarships
- Albuquerque Community Foundation (ACF) Scholarships for Current & Returning College Students
New Mexico Healthcare System & University Partnerships
Do you work for a New Mexico healthcare system or hospital? Chat to your HR representative about your education plans. You may be eligible for all kinds of employee benefits, including tuition discounts, tuition reimbursement, loan forgiveness schemes, and more. Your employer may even have its own awards (e.g. Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Scholarships).
University Scholarships for New Mexico RN to BSN Students
UNM is going to have the most institutional aid in New Mexico—it awards more than $270,000 in School of Nursing scholarships. WNMU also offers nursing funds through Foundation Scholarships. Before you sign up for a program, ask the RN to BSN program coordinator about funding opportunities.
Eastern New Mexico State University
New Mexico Highlands University
Northern New Mexico College
Pima Medical Institute
University of New Mexico
Western New Mexico University
RN to BSN Requirements in New Mexico
RN Licensure: Online RN to BSN degrees are classified as “post-licensure” programs. New Mexico universities will expect you to have—or be in the process of earning—an RN license. If you’re still waiting to sit the NCLEX exam, you may qualify for conditional entry. For example, UNM considers recent associate degree nursing graduates who can obtain an RN license within 14 weeks of acceptance.
- The New Mexico Board of Nursing is your first port of call for questions about state RN licensure.
- The Board also posts NCLEX RN/LPN Pass Rates for New Mexico colleges & universities. These statistics don’t apply to post-licensure programs, but we always like to use them as a general quality marker.
State Authorization: Do you live outside of New Mexico? Double-check that you’re eligible to apply. Most NM schools are willing to accept RNs from any area, but there are occasional exceptions. For example, UNM’s top-ranked Online RN to BSN is unavailable in a small number of states.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are 100% Online RN to BSN Programs in New Mexico Available?
Absolutely. Almost all—if not all—Online RN to BSN programs in our New Mexico listings are 100% online, with no campus visits required. Just keep in mind that you will still need to be “on-the-ground” in your local community or place of employment for BSN-level practicums.
Can I Choose a “No Clinicals” Online RN to BSN Program in New Mexico?
Not really. Because of accreditation regulations, CCNE- and ACEN-accredited RN to BSN programs almost always contain practicums. However, these fieldwork experiences won’t be like bedside clinicals in your diploma or associate degree. Instead, they will be focused on giving you training in areas like community & public health and leadership & management. For example:
- WNMU’s Online RN to BSN includes a 96-hour practicum in Community Health Nursing that can be accomplished in the community where you live.
- ENMU’s Online BSN Completion program contains practicums in Health Assessment, Community Health Nursing, and Nursing Leadership.
- NMHU’s Online RN to BSN has practicums in Community Health Nursing and Nursing Management (leadership projects and activities within healthcare settings).
You may even come across programs with unique experiences. For example, NNMC’s Online RN to BSN has a Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing course where you can develop skills in the provision of CAM modalities by interacting with practitioners in select clinical settings.
Do I Need Statistics to Apply for New Mexico Online RN to BSN Programs?
Probably. We saw it listed as a prerequisite for a large number of schools, including UNM, NMHU, WNMU, and the like. However, we did notice that Pima Medical Institute (PMI) incorporates a 300-level Statistical Concepts course into its RN to BSN curriculum. If you don’t have statistics, ask the RN to BSN program coordinator if you can take it as a “co-requisite” while you are completing your degree.
Are There Any Online RN to BSN to MSN Programs in New Mexico?
Not that we could find. However, they do exist in other states! Browse through our listings of RN to BSN to MSN Programs to get a sense of your choices. You might also ask the RN to BSN program coordinator if you can take MSN-level coursework during your RN to BSN. This will give you a head-start on graduate credits and save you some money down the track.
What Should I Know About For-Profit Schools in New Mexico?
Pima Medical Institute is a private, for-profit medical career college. It is CCNE-accredited, but it is not regionally accredited. It’s only nationally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). It’s fairly expensive. And it tends to achieve terrible NCLEX RN/LPN pass rates.
For the best results, we always recommend you opt for Online RN to BSN programs from regionally accredited, non-profit schools—preferably with a strong brick & mortar School of Nursing. Regional accreditation will be especially important if you wish to earn an MSN or DNP in the future.