RN Programs in New Mexico

New Mexico RN Programs

Those who are seeking a rewarding career with opportunities for advancements should look into RN programs in New Mexico. As a registered nurse, one does a variety of things, including providing care to patients alongside doctors to leading a team of nurses and medical staff.

There are many RN programs in New Mexico, but a potential student may find some of them to be more suited to his or her needs and abilities than others. The programs range from 2 years to 4 years, depending on the level of degree. Those who graduate from RN programs in New Mexico even have the opportunity to return to school for an advanced degree or specialization.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in New Mexico

In order to qualify for licensure by examination in New Mexico, individuals must complete an approved nursing education program and have that program submit an official transcript or proof of eligibility for graduation directly to the board.

Foreign educated applicants must provide proof of English proficiency before submitting licensure applications and criminal background checks to the board. Along with the application, those individuals educated in New Mexico must also submit a course-by-course education equivalency evaluation done by any of the providers listed on the application paperwork and Verification of English Competency.

Once the education requirement is fulfilled, students are eligible to register and take the licensure exam. The exam used for licensure in New Mexico is the NPLEX-RN.

Becoming Licensed by Endorsement in New Mexico

New Mexico is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact, so those licensed in the state are allowed to work in other compact states without any additional licenses. Likewise, those licensed in other compact states are allowed to work in New Mexico. A resident of a compact state must apply for licensure in his or her home state. One who is a new resident of New Mexico and holds a license in another compact state or who holds a license in a non-compact state can apply for licensure by endorsement.

Renewing an RN License

RN licenses in New Mexico must be renewed every 2 years. In order to do so, individuals must fulfill the continuing education requirements. New Mexico requires nurses to complete 30 hours of approved continuing education within each 2 year period.

Additional Resources

RN Schools Near You & Online in New Mexico

New Mexico State University

  • 2400 N. Scenic Drive Alamogordo, NM 88310
    Programs: ADN, CNA, Pre-Nursing Studies, RN
    (575) 439-3600

Carrington College

  • 1001 Menaul Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87107
    Programs: ADN, LPN, RN

Central New Mexico Community College

  • 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106
    Programs: ADN, CNA, EMT Paramedic, Health Information Management-Associate, LPN, Radiography, RN
    (505) 224-3000

University of New Mexico

  • 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, EMT Paramedic, MSN, Nuclear Medicine Tech, Nursing PhD, Physician Assistant, Radiography, RN, RN to BSN
    (505) 277-0111

New Mexico State University

  • 1500 University Drive Carlsbad, NM 88220
    Programs: ADN, CNA, LPN, RN
    (575) 234-9200

Clovis Community College

  • 417 Schepps Boulevard Clovis, NM 88101
    Programs: ADN, CNA, LPN, Radiography, RN
    (575) 769-2811

Northern New Mexico Community College

  • 921 N. Paseo de Onate Espanola, NM 87532
    Programs: ADN, CNA, LPN, Radiography, RN
    (505) 747-2100

San Juan College

  • 4601 College Boulevard Farmington, NM 87402
    Programs: ADN, CNA, Health Information Management-Associate, RN
    (505) 326-3311

University of New Mexico

  • 705 Gurley Ave. Gallup, NM 87301
    Programs: ADN, CNA, Health Information Management-Associate, Pre-Nursing Studies, RN
    (505) 863-7500

New Mexico Junior College

  • 1 Thunderbird Circle Hobbs, NM 88240
    Programs: ADN, LPN, RN
    (575) 392-4510

Dona Ana Branch Community College

  • 2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd Las Cruces, NM 88011
    Programs: ADN, CNA, EMT Paramedic, LPN, Radiography, RN, Sonography
    (575) 528-7000

New Mexico State University

  • P.O. Box 30001 Las Cruces, NM 88003
    Programs: Accelerated BSN, BSN, CNA, DNP, MSN, Nursing PhD, RN, RN to BSN
    (575) 646-0111

Luna Community College

  • 366 Luna Drive Las Vegas, NM 87701
    Programs: ADN, LPN, RN
    (505) 454-2500

Eastern New Mexico University

  • 52 University Blvd Roswell, NM 88203
    Programs: ADN, CNA, EMT Paramedic, LPN, Medical Assistant, Radiography, RN, RN to BSN

Santa Fe Community College

  • 6401 South Richards Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87508
    Programs: ADN, EMT Paramedic, Medical Assistant, RN
    (505) 428-1000

Anamarc Educational Institute

  • 2660 Airport Rd. Santa Teresa, NM 88008
    Programs: ADN, LPN, RN
    (575) 589-3158

Western New Mexico University

  • 1000 W. College St. Silver City, NM 88062
    Programs: ADN, RN, RN to BSN