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 in June of acceptance into the nursing program through Nursing CAS email.

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 Nursing CAS.

1st Semester SuggestionCredits2nd Semester SuggestionCredits
FYEX 11103ENGL 11203
ENGL 11103CHEM 1120 C4
BIO 1140/1140L4MATH 13503
MATH 1215 X, Y, & Z3PSYCH 11103
UNM General Education Area 1, 5, 6, or 7*3
Semester total13Semester total16
3rd Semester SuggestionCredits4th Semester SuggestionCredits
BIO 2210/2210L (lab required)4BIO 2305 w/Lab4
NURS 224 or PSYCH 21203BIO 2225/2225L (lab required)4
NUTR 21103HCHS 2004
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.
2021 BSN Estimated Cost




Barb Wiard
Administrative Assistant
Nursing Contact
Front Desk
Office: 575.737.3745