Susan Williams, Director, RN-BSN

Engineering Building, Room 101

505.426.2203 or 505.454.3210


For enrollment inquiries, please e-mail

are you interested in enrolling in the nursing program? Click here for details.

Nursing Program Application: click here (note deadline for spring 2015 is October 17, 2014)

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.


Karen Brooks

Susan Williams

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 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

The applicant must have:

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

2.    Valid unencumbered U.S. nursing license.

3.    Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

4.    Applicant must apply to Highlands University and also to the RN-BSN Program. Admission to New Mexico Highlands University does not guarantee admission to the RN-BSN Program. These are separate admissions applications.

5.    All general core requirements of New Mexico Highlands University must be met in addition to the upper-division nursing courses.

6.    RNs will be awarded 30 hours of upper-division credit for completion of the associate degree in nursing and a valid registered nurse license. Credit will not be awarded until the successful completion of at least nine semester hours of the program.

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.

*Statistics must be completed prior to program entry for ALL students starting with the spring 2015 class,


Major in Nursing

Major Course Requirements:  32 credit hours

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 (4)

NURS 451 Seminar on Professional Nursing Leadership (3)

NURS 452 Nursing Leadership Practicum (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.



This program is under the College of Arts and Sciences