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 ProgramsADNBSN
Number of Nursing Programs1710
Average NCLEX Passing Rate83.93%88.20%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range63.64% 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 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 ADNSan Juan College121 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 ADNEastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus293 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 ADNNew Mexico Junior College3211 HobbsPublicCampusACENSee School Details
91.07 ADNNew Mexico State University-Carlsbad4253 CarlsbadPublicCampusACENSee School Details
90.63 ADNUniversity of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus5273 Los LunasPublicCampusACENSee School Details
86.47 ADNClovis Community College6429 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 ADNCarrington College-Albuquerque7471 AlbuquerquePrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
83.11 ADNUniversity of New Mexico-Gallup Campus8537 GallupPublicCampusACENSee School Details
82.08 ADNCentral New Mexico Community College9557 AlbuquerquePublicCampusACENSee School Details
80.42 ADNLuna Community College10589 Las VegasPublicCampusACENSee School Details
79.07 ADNNew Mexico State University-Dona Ana11609 Las CrucesPublicCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details
78.09 ADNSanta Fe Community College12627 Santa FePublicCampusACENSee School Details
75.93 ADNNorthern New Mexico College13649 EspanolaPublicCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details
71.45 ADNWestern New Mexico University14693 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 ADNPima Medical Institute-Albuquerque15708 AlbuquerquePrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
93.60 BSNUniversity of New Mexico-Main Campus1149 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 BSNBrookline College-Albuquerque2389 AlbuquerquePrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
80.51 BSNNew Mexico State University-Main Campus4471 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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