The University of New Mexico-Taos (UNM-Taos) Nursing Program graduates nurses who are caring, knowledgeable, and competent in providing care for our diverse community. The nursing program is a competitive program that has had full New Mexico Board of Nursing approval since its inception in 2009 and is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN examination after completing the program. The UNM-Taos Nursing Program has adopted a concept based statewide curriculum through the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC). 

Two degree options are offered. The first option partners with The University of New Mexico College of Nursing (CON) supporting the NMNEC goal to increase the number of bachelor prepared nurses in New Mexico. This five semester entry level program allows students to achieve an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) while staying in our Taos community.  The second option is a traditional four semester program to earn an ADN.

NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate
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Class of 2018100%
Employment Rate for Graduates
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Program Completion Rate
Class of 202177%
Class of 202075%
Class of 201875%
Class of 201660%

Vision Statement

The UNM-Taos Nursing Program will be recognized for excellence in educating responsible, competent, highly qualified, knowledgeable, and caring individuals in Northern New Mexico who are prepared for lifelong learning in the profession of nursing.

Mission Statement

The UNM-Taos Nursing program, located in a rural setting in northern New Mexico, provides a unique opportunity that transforms the lives of our students into professional nurses who strengthen the health of our culturally diverse community.

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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) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326404.975.5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation through April 2025.

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

The UNM-Taos Nursing Program has determined that it meets the requirements for professional nursing licensure in the state of New Mexico. It has not yet been determined whether it meets requirements for all other states and territories. 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. [Federal Disclaimer: Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v)]




Barb Wiard
Administrative Assistant
Nursing Contact
Front Desk
Office: 575.737.3745