ADN-RN Nursing Program

Nursing Students 2015



nursing patchUNM-Taos Offers a two-year Nursing Program leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN-RN) after the completion of pre-requisite courses. Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The Nursing Program has approval by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing and has received National Accreditation status from the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission.

2016 Documents

Admissions Application (.pdf)

UNM-Taos NMNEC Admission Criteria (.docx)

UNM-Taos Nursing Courses (.docx)

UNM-Taos Nursing Program Costs (.docx)

Contact information:
New Mexico Board of Nursing
630 Indian School Road NE Suite # 710
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and/or ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
P: (404) 975-5000 

Mission Statement
The UNM-Taos ADN-RN Nursing program, located in a rural setting in Northern New Mexico, develops professional nurses to be knowledgeable and competent in the caring for diverse populations.

What is the Nursing Program like?

It is very demanding of the students’ time and energy. Students attend classes several days a week and are in clinical sites several days a week and possible weekends. The schedule changes every semester and due to clinical scheduling, students need to be available 7 days per week. 

Students participating in the Nursing Program at UNM-Taos receive a state-of-the art, well rounded, hands on education. The program admits 16 students every 2 years. Since the class size is small, there is personal attention from a highly educated and experienced Nursing faculty. Clinical rotations are at Holy Cross Hospital and 19 other clinical sites in the surrounding area.

Program Core Values:

Caring-"Promoting health, healing, and hope in response to human condition." (NLN 2010, P.11)

Diversity-"Recognizing differences among persons, ideas, values, and ethnicities while affirming the uniqueness of each." (NLN 2010, P.12)

Communication-"The ability to develop therapeutic relationships with patients as well as the ability to verbally and nonverbally relay and interpret information among inter-professionals.

Critical Thinking and Nursing Process-"The critical thinking model comprising the integration of singular, concurrent actions of the six components of assessment, diagnosis, identification of outcomes, planning, implementation, and evaluation." (ANA 2010)

Professionalism-"Integrates evidence and research findings into practice, includes ethics and legal aspects of health care, and professional identity." (ANA 2010)

Program  Outcomes:

Provider of Care

  • Use caring practices to promote health and healing
  • Provide individualized care that recognizes diversity in a variety of settings
  • Demonstrates therapeutic communication in the provision of patient, family, and community care as well as effective communication with inter-professionals

Manager of Care

  • Use critical thinking and the nursing process as a framework to provide safe and effective care for the patient, family and community

Professional Identity

  • Integrates evidence and research findings into practice, including ethical and legal aspects of health care and maintains professionalism