Associate of Science in Nursing

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) is a two year program that is offered in a traditional four semester format. A cohort is admitted annually in the fall.


To be considered for acceptance into the UNM-Taos nursing program, the applicant must:

  • Submit a complete application and required academic records by the deadline date.
  • Successfully complete all the required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Achieve a 2.75 grade point average or higher for completed prerequisite courses.
  • Students must be in good standing and meet the minimum academic requirements of UNM-Taos.
  • Achieve the national recommended cut score or higher on the ATI TEAS.
                    Cut score = 58.7%

The selection of students for the UNM-Taos nursing program is based on a point system. Students are ranked according to total points. Nursing Program slots are filled beginning with the highest-ranking students, inclusive of ADN and BSN dual degree applicants, who have completed the application and all requirements. Completing all requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the nursing program.

Ranking of applicants is based on the following:

  • Prerequisite GPA – 40%
  • ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score – 50%
  • ATI TEAS Reading Score 90% or higher – 2%
  • Resident of UNM-Taos service area – 2%
  • At least 30 credit hours earned at UNM-Taos – 2%
  • 500 hours documented/verified healthcare experience – 2%
  • Current CNA, EMT, or other relevant healthcare provider certification – 2%

Students will be notified in June of acceptance into the nursing program through NursingCAS email or by phone.

Selected students will meet with the UNM-Taos Nursing program director to confirm program acceptance. Instructions and guidelines will be provided regarding requirements to be completed prior to entering Level 1 of the nursing program. Accepted students are required to attend a nursing orientation in August, generally two weeks prior to the fall semester start date.

Applicants who have been accepted into the nursing program who choose to decline their acceptance and would like to enter at a future time, must reapply and meet program admission requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.

Applicants who have not been accepted into the nursing program will be notified through NursingCAS.

Prerequisites are to be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to the application deadline.

Prerequisite credits may vary depending on prior college experience and proficiency level in Math and English.

Contingent on Math and English Placement

  • If placed lower than Math 1215 X, Y, and Z or English 1110, additional courses may be required.

FYEX 1110 is required for students with less than 26 earned credit hours.

Academic Advising will assist in creating a degree plan.

Associate Degree Pathway

1st Semester SuggestionCredits2nd Semester SuggestionCredits

First Year Seminar

[FYEX 1110]


ENGL Composition II

[ENGL 1120]


English Composition I

[ENGL 1110]


Introduction to Chemistry Lecture / Laboratory for Non-Majors

[CHEM 1120C]


Biology for Health Sciences

[BIOL 1140/1140L]


Introduction to Psychology

[PSYC 1110]


Intermediate Algebra

[Math 1215 x, Y, & Z]

Semester total13Semester total10
3rd Semester SuggestionCredits4th Semester SuggestionCredits

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

[BIOL 2210/2210L]


Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab

[BIOL 2225/2225L]


Developmental Psychology

[PSUC 2120 at UNM Branch campus or NURS 224 UNM - Albuquerque]


Pathologysiology for Health Sciences

[HCHS 200]

Semester total7Semester total8
Total Credits38
* Check with academic advising for UNM general education requirements.
Nursing Courses (NMNC) are completed in sequential order.
1 st Semester - Level 1
NMNC 1110 Introduction to Nursing Concepts3 credits
NMNC 1135 Principles of Nursing Practice4 credits
Semester Total:7 credits
2 nd Semester - Level 2
NMNC 1210 Health and Illness Concepts I3 credits
NMNC 1220 Health Care Participant3 credits
NMNC 1230 Nursing Pharmacology3 credits
NMNC 1235 Assessment and Health Promotion4 credits
Semester Total:13 credits
3 rd Semester - Level 3
NMNC 2310 Health and Illness Concepts II3 credits
NMNC 2320 Professional Nursing Concepts I3 credits
NMNC 2335 Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions4 credits
Semester Total:10 credits
4 th Semester- Level 4
NMNC 2410 Health and Illness Concepts III4 credits
NMNC 2435 Clinical Intensive I4 credits
NMNC 2445 ADN Capstone2 credits
Semester Total:10 credits
Total Program Credits:40 credits
Total Program Credits including prerequisites:78 credits

Below is a link to information about the cost of the ADN Program.  The information is approximate and subject to change.
ASN Estimated Cost




Barb Wiard
Administrative Assistant to the Director
Office: 575.737.3745