The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is new to New Mexico. New Mexico State University began the first DNP program in the state in 2011, and replaced the MSN for advanced practice specialties with this more advanced degree. Similar decisions are likely to be made by other NM colleges and universities, as the AACN is pushing to move the minimum education level from MSN to DNP by 2015.
The mission of the New Mexico State University DNP program is to provide the highest possible level of nursing education. The program aims to prepare nurses who thrive in the changing demands of healthcare, and who become leaders in the field.
New Mexico State University's DNP program offers both a post-BSN and post-MSN entry-point. All courses are online for both pathways, but there is a mandatory 2-5 day on-campus orientation and seminar prior to each fall
Admissions requirements depend on whether the applicant is pursuing the post-BSN or post-MSN path. The following requirements apply to post-BSN candidates:
Post-MSN applicants must meet the following requirements: