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Nursing Schools in New Mexico

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College-bound students exploring admissions data from the best nursing schools in New Mexico can start by researching the accredited colleges below. As you gather school-specific information, you also can research degree programs that interest you in the nursing field. Degree programs span from certificate programs (graduate, undergraduate), graduate (MSN, PhD, DNSc) or undergraduate degrees (AND, BSN) via our dedicated nursing degree page. Alternatively, you can winnow down your options by starting with a degree of interest in the field of nursing. Options can include pathways like nursing administration, Registered Nursing, nurse administration, nursing education, nurse anesthetist, or nurse midwife. Students in the back-half of their degree program will begin preparing for the standardized test known as the NCLEX as you will need to pass this test before becoming eligible to apply for a nursing license from the New Mexico Nursing Board. Begin with the end in mind, write down your priorities, and keep your eyes on the prize.

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Top Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Programs in New Mexico By Number of Graduates

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs usually take 9 - 12 months to complete and you would have to pass a licensing exam prior to being licensed in the state. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of LPN program students enrolled.

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Clovis Community College Clovis, NM LPN clovis.edu
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New Mexico Junior College Hobbs, NM LPN nmjc.edu
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Luna Community College Las Vegas, NM LPN luna.edu
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Northern New Mexico College Espanola, NM LPN nnmc.edu
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Dona Ana Community College Las Cruces, NM LPN nmsu.edu
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New Mexico State University - Carlsbad Carlsbad, NM LPN nmsu.edu
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Pima Medical Institute - Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM LPN pmi.edu
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Top Associate Level Registered Nurse (RN) Programs in New Mexico By Number of Graduates

The minimum degree requirement to become a Registered Nurse is to obtain an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, which usually takes about 2 years to complete. You would also have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to being state licensed. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in the program.

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Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM ADN-RN cnm.edu
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Carrington College - Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM ADN-RN carrington.edu
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Clovis Community College Clovis, NM ADN-RN clovis.edu
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Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe, NM ADN-RN sfcc.edu
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Pima Medical Institute - Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM ADN-RN pmi.edu
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San Juan College Farmington, NM ADN-RN
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Western New Mexico University Silver City, NM ADN-RN wnmu.edu
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New Mexico Junior College Hobbs, NM ADN-RN nmjc.edu
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Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Roswell, NM ADN-RN enmu.edu
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University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus Gallup, NM ADN-RN unm.edu
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Brown Mackie College - Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM ADN-RN brownmackie.edu
Northern New Mexico College Espanola, NM ADN-RN nnmc.edu
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University of New Mexico - Valencia Campus Los Lunas, NM ADN-RN
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Dona Ana Community College Las Cruces, NM ADN-RN nmsu.edu
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Luna Community College Las Vegas, NM ADN-RN luna.edu
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New Mexico State University - Carlsbad Carlsbad, NM ADN-RN nmsu.edu
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Navajo Technical College Crownpoint, NM ADN-RN
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New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM ADN-RN nmsu.edu
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New Mexico State University - Alamogordo Alamogordo, NM ADN-RN nmsua.edu
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University of New Mexico - Taos Campus Ranchos De Taos, NM ADN-RN unm.edu
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Top Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in New Mexico By Number of Graduates

See the top schools offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A BSN program usually takes 4 years to complete, and a licensing exam (NCLEX) is also required. Some of these schools may also offer a RN to BSN bridge programs. The top 10 schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their BSN program.

Institution Name Location Programs Website Request Information
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM BSN nmsu.edu
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University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM BSN unm.edu
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Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM BSN enmu.edu
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New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, NM BSN
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Western New Mexico University Silver City, NM BSN wnmu.edu
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Brookline College - Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM BSN brooklinecollege.edu
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Northern New Mexico College Espanola, NM BSN nnmc.edu
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National American University - Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM BSN national.edu
National American University - Rio Rancho Albuquerque, NM BSN national.edu

Top Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs in New Mexico By Number of Graduates

Getting your Master of Science in Nursing will take about 5-7 years from start to finish. You would still need to take a exam prior to being fully licensed to practice in the state. The schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their Master's program.

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University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM MSN unm.edu
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Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM MSN enmu.edu
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New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM MSN nmsu.edu
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Registered Nurses in New Mexico can make a salary between $46,000 to $93,000 per year. The list below shows registered nurse salaries in areas throughout New Mexico.

  • Santa Fe: $71,000
  • Albuquerque: $70,000
  • Las Cruces: $62,000

Nurse's in New mexico Compared to Median Income Averages

+109% Above State Median Income

+85% Above National Median Income

Nurse's in New mexico take home an average 33.02 per hour. Annual earnings for Nurse's working in the State of New mexico average $68,670 which is 109% above the state median income and 85% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Nurse makes up just 0.11% of the working population in New mexico and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Nurses coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around New mexico.

Average Income for a Nurse in New mexico

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
New mexico Nurse 16,200 $33.02 $68,670
State Average 840,100 $15.82 $32,905.60
National Average 153,156,000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $33.02
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

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Graduate data is from the 2013-2014 school year.
IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.