Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is offered as a two year program over five semesters after completing prerequisite courses.  An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from UNM-Taos and a BSN from The University of New Mexico College of Nursing are awarded upon completion of the program.  A minimum of 30 institutional credit hours are required through the University of New Mexico to meet degree requirements for graduation. A cohort is admitted annually in the fall. 


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 by The University of New Mexico College of Nursing of acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the dual degree program.


1st Semester SuggestionCredits2nd Semester SuggestionCredits

First Year Seminar

[FYEX 1110]


English Composition II

[ENGL 1120]


English Composition I

[ENGL 1110]


Introduction to Chemistry Lecture/ Laboratory for Non-Majors

[CHEM 1120 C]


Biology for Health Sciences

[BIO 1140/1140L]


Introduction to Psychology

[PSYC 1110]


Intermediate Algegbra

[MATH 1215 X, Y, & Z]


Introduction to Statitistics

[MATH 1350]

UNM General Education Area 1, 5, 6, or 7*3
Semester total13Semester total16
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 Psychoogy PSYC 2120 at UNM Branch campus or NURS 224 UNM-Albuquerque3Pathophysiology for Health Sciences [HCHS 200]4

Human Nutrition

[NUTR 2110]


Microbiology for Health Sciences

[BIOL 2305]

UNM General Education Area 1, 5, 6, or 7*3UNM General Education Area 1, 5, 6, or 7*3
Semester total13Semester total15
* Check with academic advising for UNM core/general education requirements.
Nursing Courses (NMNC) are completed in sequential order (65 credits)
1st Semester - Level 1
NMNC 1110 Introduction to Nursing Concepts3 credits
NMNC 1135 Principles of Nursing Practice4 credits
NMNC 3120 Evidence Based Practice3 credits
Semester Total:10 credits
2nd 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
3rd 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
Nursing Elective3 credits
Semester Total:13 credits
4th Semester- Level 4
NMNC 2410 Health and Illness Concepts III4 credits
NMNC 2435 Clinical Intensive I4 credits
NMNC 4445 Clinical Intensive II4 credits
Nursing Elective3 credits
Semester Total:15 credits
5th Semester - Level 5
NMNC 4510 Concept Synthesis3 credits
NMNC 4520 Professional Nursing Concepts II3 credits
NMNC 4535 Clinical Intensive III4 credits
NMNC 4545 BSN Capstone4 credits
Semester Total:14 credits
Nursing curriculum total:65 credits
Nursing Program Total Credits:122 credits


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