A quick introduction:

  • Only 16 students are admitted each fall, so classes are small and faculty are very involved. 

(Due to COVID restrictions, only 12 applicants were admitted for Fall 2020 and 12 will be admitted for Fall 2021.)

  • The faculty are amazing, the program is intense, and the results are great. 
  • We have a new state of the art, high tech facility with an incredible simulation lab and high-fidelity simulation mannequins.
  • 100% of our graduates (since the program began) have passed the NCLEX (national RN licensure exam) on their first attempt! 

(All 12 graduates of the 2020 cohort also passed on their first attempt!)


The UNM-Taos School of Nursing offers a dual degree possibility, ADN or ADN/BSN.

The ADN program is four semesters: Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring.

The BSN program is five semesters: Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring, and then one last summer semester.


We now have annual admissions, with classes starting every fall (August).


UNM-Taos School of Nursing is a member of the NM Nursing Educational Consortium (NMNEC), an innovative statewide organization that is getting national attention.

To answer questions about acceptance requirements, we follow the NMNEC guidelines.


If you are not a current UNM-Taos student, it is recommended you start with the UNM-Taos Admissions Process and have your official transcripts evaluated to see if and how previous courses will transfer. Until your official transcripts are sent, we cannot guarantee what may transfer. 


Once you are admitted and your transcripts evaluated, the Admissions Officer will connect you with an advisor.


The UNM-Taos Nursing application requires the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills), not the HESI. 

We will offer the TEAS this spring on Saturdays, February 20 and April 17, for the convenience of students in the area.  

The TEAS may be taken at other testing locations also. 


The UNM-Taos library has some great TEAS prep materials.  All of the library staff are ready to help you!

There are additional materials online through ATI.


Applications are done online through NursingCAS, which usually opens mid-April with a June 1 deadline.

An application workshop is usually held near the end of April.


acen.pngThe associate degree nursing program at the University of New Mexico at the Taos branch located in Taos, New Mexico is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at


The UNM-Taos Nursing program has determined that it meets the requirements for professional nursing licensure in the state of New Mexico. We have not yet determined whether it meets requirements for all other states. If you intend to seek licensure outside of New Mexico, the University of New Mexico-Taos Nursing Program recommends that you contact the Board of Nursing for that state to ensure the most up to date information regarding licensure.