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New Mexico RN Programs

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

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in New Mexico

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps New Mexico residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in discussion forums and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.

New Mexico RN Resources on

New Mexico Board of Nursing
6301 Indian School Road, NE
Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 841-8340
Fax: (505) 841-8347

New Mexico Nurses Association

Other NM Schools with RN Programs

Anamarc Educational Institute
2660 Airport Rd.
Santa Teresa, New Mexico 88008
Carrington College
1001 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Clovis Community College
417 Schepps Boulevard
Clovis, New Mexico 88101
Dona Ana Branch Community College
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
Eastern New Mexico University
52 University Blvd
Roswell, New Mexico 88203
Luna Community College
366 Luna Drive
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
New Mexico Junior College
1 Thunderbird Circle
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
New Mexico State University
2400 N. Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310
New Mexico State University
1500 University Drive
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
Northern New Mexico Community College
921 N. Paseo de Onate
Espanola, New Mexico 87532
San Juan College
4601 College Boulevard
Farmington, New Mexico 87402
Santa Fe Community College
6401 South Richards Avenue
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
University of New Mexico
705 Gurley Ave.
Gallup, New Mexico 87301
University of New Mexico
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Western New Mexico University
1000 W. College St.
Silver City, New Mexico 88062