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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 2018)

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.

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Beatrice Hurtado, RN, MSN

Siri Gurunam Kaur Khalsa, CNP, MSN, BSN

Sandra Gardner, Ph.D., RN, MA, MSN

Jeanie Flood, Director, Ph.D., RN, IBCLC


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.


Nursing (BS)

The RN-to-BSN Program of study is 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. This is an on-line program, and practicums will be done in the student’s state of residence.

Requirements for Admission to the RN-BSN Completion Program

Graduate of an approved associate degree or diploma program in nursing from the United States

Valid unencumbered U.S. RN license prior to program start date

Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

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.

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.

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.

All application materials must be received by June 30th for fall entry and October 30th for spring 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 (3)
NURS 320 Evidence Based Applications in Health Assessment (3)
NURS 332 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (2)
NURS 340 Advancement of Professional Nursing (3)
NURS 360 Cultural Competencies and Health Care (3)
NURS 370 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3)
NURS 431 Community Health Nursing (3)
NURS 432 Health Care Policy (3)
NURS 447 Community Health Practice (3)
NURS 451 Seminar on Professional Nursing Leadership (3)
NURS 452 Nursing Leadership Practicum (3)

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.

Nursing Course Descriptions



This program is under the College of Arts and Sciences