Nurses make a positive impact on the residents in New Mexico every day. Nursing schools in New Mexico provide students with the education they need to be an even bigger impact. The New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium is aimed to increase the number of nurses with Bachelor’s degrees in order to improve efficiency, quality and health outcomes through higher education. Schools in New Mexico are designed to meet the needs of busy registered nurses by providing flexible class scheduling and providing advisers to discuss professional goals. There are also online options available to increase flexibility.

In our New Mexico RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key New Mexico RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of New Mexico, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

New Mexico RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 17 10
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 83.93% 88.20%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 63.64% to 100.00% 76.19% to 97.44%
Average Net Price $7,136.00 $10,954.25
Average Net Price Range $4,418.00 to $10,485.00 $4,821.00 to $19,099.00
Average Student Loan $9,498.57 $10,503.88
Average Student Loan Range $4,500.00 to $14,902.00 $5,500.00 to $14,902.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in New Mexico

Best Ranked RN Programs in New MexicoTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both New Mexico and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 17 ADN degree programs and 4 BSN degree programs in New Mexico. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in New Mexico to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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98.33 ADN San Juan College 1 21 Farmington

San Juan College is located in Farmington, New Mexico.  San Juan College offers both ADN and BSN programs.  The BSN program is actually in partnership with University of Mexico; students first earn their ADN degree, then subsequently earn their BSN degree – only 30 credits are completed at the University of Mexico.

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95.28 ADN Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus 2 93 Roswell

Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell is located in Roswell, New Mexico.  ENMUR offers an ADN program.  At this time, ENMUR does not offer an LPN to RN option at  their school.

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92.20 ADN New Mexico Junior College 3 211 Hobbs Public Campus ACEN See School Details
91.07 ADN New Mexico State University-Carlsbad 4 253 Carlsbad Public Campus ACEN See School Details
90.63 ADN University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus 5 273 Los Lunas Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.47 ADN Clovis Community College 6 429 Clovis

Clovis Community College is located in Clovis, New Mexico.  Their nursing program is divided into 4 semesters; after the first two semesters, the student earns their LPN certification.  After the final two semesters, the student earns their associate’s degree in nursing.

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85.27 ADN Carrington College-Albuquerque 7 471 Albuquerque Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
83.11 ADN University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus 8 537 Gallup Public Campus ACEN See School Details
82.08 ADN Central New Mexico Community College 9 557 Albuquerque Public Campus ACEN See School Details
80.42 ADN Luna Community College 10 589 Las Vegas Public Campus ACEN See School Details
79.07 ADN New Mexico State University-Dona Ana 11 609 Las Cruces Public Campus ACEN, CCNE See School Details
78.09 ADN Santa Fe Community College 12 627 Santa Fe Public Campus ACEN See School Details
75.93 ADN Northern New Mexico College 13 649 Espanola Public Campus ACEN, CCNE See School Details
71.45 ADN Western New Mexico University 14 693 Silver City

Western New Mexico University is located in Silver City, New Mexico.  They offer a pre-licensure BSN program and an RN to BSN, which is offered online.  The RN to BSN program can be completed in two years.

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66.24 ADN Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque 15 708 Albuquerque Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
93.60 BSN University of New Mexico-Main Campus 1 149 Albuquerque

University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The College of Nursing offers a traditional BS program and an RN to BSN program, which is offered online. They also offer the dual degree option, which allows students to complete classes for both the ADN and BSN concurrently.

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85.46 BSN Brookline College-Albuquerque 2 389 Albuquerque Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
80.51 BSN New Mexico State University-Main Campus 4 471 Las Cruces

New Mexico State University is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  NMSU has 3 options for its nursing students: a pre-licensure BSN, an online RN to BSN program and a 2nd degree pathway program. They are also a member of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC), which is a collaboration of all state-funded nursing programs across the state of New Mexico in standardizing nursing education and simplifying resources.

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