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Department of Nursing

Dr. Jeanie Flood, PhD, RN, IBCLC

Engineering Building, Room 101



For enrollment inquiries, please e-mail

Nursing Program Application: click here (currently accepting applications for Fall 2017)

Mission of the Department of Nursing

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to prepare quality nurse health care providers through excellence in education, scholarship and service. This program builds on the strength of the licensed registered nurse and challenges the individuals enrolled in this program to expand their critical thinking for new professional nursing roles, methods of health care delivery and approaches to health care practice issues.

Accredited by


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530,
Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791
website: click here


Resources and Facilities

The Department of Nursing is located in the Engineering Building. Offices of the department and a classroom used by the department are available in the building. The Department of Nursing cooperates with other academic areas within the university to allow for students to take courses besides nursing to meet the general education core requirements of the baccalaureate degree.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The RN-to-BSN Program of study is entirely online and specifically designed for the registered nurse student to earn a baccalaureate degree. The RN-BSN Program is only available to students with a valid license to practice as a registered nurse and who hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing. Baccalaureate nursing education prepares professional nurses who have a strong foundation in liberal education. The RN-BSN Program allows registered nurses to build on core nursing knowledge and experience, but through their program, expand their knowledge base as leaders in the profession. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared for positions in patient care, leadership, and community health and will be qualified to apply for advanced work in nursing at the master’s level.

Requirements for Admission to the RN-BSN Completion Program

1. Applicants must reside within a state that participates in National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)
2. Effective with the Spring 2015 class, ALL students must have statistics complete prior to program entry
3. Graduate of an approved associates degree or diploma program in nursing from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States.
4. Valid unencumbered U.S. RN license prior to program start date
5. Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
6. As long as the student meets the nursing program required prerequisites listed below, and the majority of general education core courses, selected general education core courses can be taken along with upper division nursing courses.
7. Applicant must apply for undergraduate admission to New Mexico Highlands University and apply to the RN-BSN Program. Acceptance to New Mexico Highlands University does not guarantee acceptance into the RN-BSN Program.
8. Have official transcripts sent from all previously attended colleges and universities to the RN-BSN program. Even if you only took one class or credits are displayed on another transcript, we need official transcripts sent from all institutions.
9. All application materials must be received by October 30 for Spring entry and June 30 for Fall entry.

Nursing program required prerequisites:

•    Microbiology

•    Anatomy and Physiology I

•    Anatomy and Physiology II

•    Life Span Developmental Psychology

•    Introduction to Psychology

•    Nutrition

•    Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology

•   *Statistics

•    Majority of general education core

Only college courses completed with a grade of C or better will transfer, including general core courses.


Major in Nursing

Major Course Requirements:  32 credit hours

NURS 310 RN-BSN Bridge Course (2**)

NURS 320 Evidence Based Applications in Health Assessment (3)

NURS 332 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3)

NURS 340 Advancement of Professional Nursing (3)

NURS 360 Cultural Competencies & Health Care (3)

NURS 370 Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice (3)

NURS 431 Community Health Nursing (3)

NURS 432 Health Care Law and Policy  (3)

NURS 447 Community Health Practice (3-4**)

NURS 451 Seminar on Professional Nursing Leadership (3)

NURS 452 Nursing Leadership Practicum (3-4**)

Major Total: 32 credit hours (nursing upper division)

Core Total: 35 (includes required prerequisites)

Extended core: 5 credit hours

Upper Division: 30 (RN license nursing credits)

Proficiency/Electives to 120: 18 credit hours*

Total for degree: 120 credit hours

*A minor is not required. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived. Nursing prerequisites may apply to the core total but credits are only counted once. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

**Students beginning the RN-BSN Program fall 2015 will be required to take NURS 310 and will take a 3 credit version of NURS 447 and NURS 452.



This program is under the College of Arts and Sciences