Undergraduate Program

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

The goals of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program are to prepare graduates to meet the complex health care needs of New Mexicans in an evolving health care environment and to prepare graduates for advanced nursing education.

Learning Outcomes

The graduates of the B.S.N. program:

  1. Engage in professional nursing practice that is patient-centered and culturally appropriate for individuals, families, and communities.
  2. Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety into nursing practice within healthcare organizations and systems.
  3. Deliver nursing care that is evidence-based.
  4. Demonstrate leadership behaviors through the application of policies that apply to healthcare delivery.
  5. Engage in effective interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of healthcare for quality patient outcomes.
  6. Utilize technologies for the management of information and in the delivery of patient care.

Admission Information

Requirements

All students seeking acceptance to the College of Nursing must meet requirements for admission to the University. See the Admissions section of this Catalog for information on University admission requirements.

Applications are only accepted through an online application process. Check the College of Nursing Web site for application information. This application is in addition to the application for admission to the University as an undergraduate.

Screening for admission to the College is conducted at periodic intervals. All applications, fees and official transcripts must be received by the deadline. Students should submit applications early to allow for adequate advisement and processing of applications.

It is the goal of the College to admit a diverse student body who will serve the health care needs of New Mexico. To be considered for acceptance into the College of Nursing the student must have:

  1. Submitted application and required academic records by the deadline dates; successfully completed all prerequisite classes, with a C or better, by the date specified in the current application packet for each option.
  2. For entry into the prelicensure option, maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 based on all college work, at least 2.75 in science courses, and a minimum composite score of 75% on the HESI A2 exam, with at least 75% on selected subject areas (contact advising for specifics). For entry to the R.N.-B.S.N. option, maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 based on all college work.
  3. All applicants for admission into the NMNEC pre-licensure B.S.N. program must complete and submit the HESI A2 exam results as part of their application.
  4. Competency in basic computer skills including: general computer knowledge, word processing, data inquiry (databases and search engines), communication (e-mail), and searching the Internet.
  5. Additional information may be utilized to rank applicants; examples may include grade point average, HESI A2 results, and geographical differences.

NOTE: Preference is given to New Mexico residents.

The College of Nursing reserves the right to request the student to supply any additional information as necessary. Students must be fluent in both written and spoken English.

Application Deadlines

NMNEC Prelicensure B.S.N. Option: September 15 for admission to the Spring term; February 15 for admission to the Fall term.

R.N. to B.S.N. Degree Completion Option: Applications are reviewed through June 1 for fall admission, November 1 for spring admission, and April 16 for summer admission. Early application is recommended, however, as enrollment in courses may be limited.

Note: Applicants should consult the College of Nursing Web site for current application policies.


Academic Regulations

Students in the nursing program are subject to the general regulations of the University and, in addition, to the specific regulations in the College of Nursing.

Students in the College of Nursing must be enrolled in nursing courses and/or progressing toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students failing to meet this requirement are subject to administrative enrollment cancellation.

Because of constraints in clinical facilities, a student must notify the College of Nursing in writing of his or her intent to return, even if an absence in enrollment has been for one term. Notice must be received by March 1 for return in the Summer or Fall term and by November 1 for the Spring term. College of Nursing students who do not enroll in the University for three terms or more must reapply for admission to the College of Nursing. Because a returning student is subject to the regulations of the Catalog in effect at the time of readmission, a re-evaluation of the student’s academic standing is done. The student must receive academic advisement prior to registration.

Because clinical spaces are limited, all students are expected to preregister for clinical courses prior to the end of the current term. Priority for clinical space is given to full-time students who are progressing satisfactorily, then to part-time progressing students with a pre-approved plan of studies, and last to students who are repeating or returning after an absence from the program.

Undergraduate Grade Requirements

The passing grade for all core and prerequisite courses is C or 73% (not C-). The passing grade for all NMNEC College of Nursing courses is C or 77%. Students who do not earn a grade of C (77%) or better in any nursing course, or who withdraw from a course, are not allowed to progress. Prior to repeating a nursing course the student's record is reviewed by the academic advisor; progress is monitored by the advisor. Students who do not earn a grade of C (77%) or better in any nursing course on the second attempt or who withdraw from any two nursing courses are disenrolled from the College of Nursing. There is a mandatory waiting period before they may reapply; the length of time is determined by NMNEC and is currently 3 years.

Note: Students must achieve a passing HESI Exit Exam score to progress to NURS 419L.

R.N.-B.S.N. students who do not earn a grade of C (73% - 77% starting Fall 2014) or better in any upper-division nursing course on the second attempt are not allowed to progress. R.N.-B.S.N. students receiving a grade less than a C (73% - 77% starting Fall 2014) in any two upper-division required nursing courses are disenrolled from the College of Nursing.

Prior to repeating a nursing course the student’s record is reviewed by the academic advisor; progress is monitored by the advisor. Students receiving a grade of "C-" or below in any two required upper-division nursing courses and not allowed to continue in the College of Nursing are entitled to file an exception to the policy. However, students are not allowed to enroll in any nursing classes until the exception process is final.

Students who have failed a course may only re-enroll in the course AFTER the failing grade is officially recorded on the student‘s record. This process may NOT be started prior to the posting of the grade. Likewise, students who have received an Incomplete in a course may only re-enroll in the course AFTER the Incomplete grade is officially recorded on the student‘s record. This process may NOT be started prior to the posting of the grade.

Probation and Suspension

An undergraduate student is placed on academic probation when the overall grade point average drops below 2.00. The student is subject to suspension if the cumulative grade point average does not rise during the first probationary period or if the cumulative grade point average is less than 2.00 at the end of the second term of the probationary period. Students who do not earn a grade of "C" or better must have an approved learning plan for progression.

Failure and Readmission Policy

There is a waiting period before students may reapply to the College of Nursing; current policies are provided in the Student Handbook. An evaluation of the student’s application is done. Should the student gain readmission, the student is subject to the regulations of the Catalog at the time of readmission. The student must receive academic advisement prior to registration. If a student is readmitted, they are required to start at the beginning of the program.

Requirements for Graduation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is granted to prelicensure students upon fulfillment of the following:

  1. Completion of 128 credit hours of course work of the prescribed curriculum.
  2. Completion of the University of New Mexico Core Curriculum.
  3. Completion of at least 55 credit hours of upper-division course work. Such courses are numbered 300 or above.
  4. Compliance with the minimum residence requirements, as stated in the General Academic Regulations section of this Catalog.
  5. Maintenance of an overall grade point average of 2.75 minimum.
  6. Unanimous recommendation for the degree by the faculty of the College of Nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is granted to R.N. to B.S.N. degree completion students upon fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 128-131 credit hours of course work of the prescribed curriculum.
  2. Completion of The University of New Mexico Core Curriculum.
  3. Completion of 64-66 credit hours of upper-division course work. Such courses are numbered 300 or above.
  4. Compliance with the minimum residence requirements, as stated in the General Academic Regulations section of this Catalog.
  5. Maintenance of an overall grade point average of 2.00 minimum.
  6. Unanimous recommendation for the degree by the faculty of the College of Nursing.

NMNEC Prelicensure B.S.N. Option

The UNM College of Nursing is a member of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC). NMNEC is a consortium of New Mexico education programs, organizations, and individuals with a deep commitment to excellence in nursing that results in high quality healthcare for all New Mexicans. The initial implementation of the NMNEC curriculum as the curriculum for the prelicensure B.S.N. program at UNM was Spring 2014.

In the prelicensure option, students are admitted to the College of Nursing to complete the nursing program. Thirty-two credit hours of prerequisite courses (graded C or better), as delineated in the current College of Nursing curriculum worksheet, must be completed before submitting an application. All freshman classes and sophomore Semester 1 classes must be completed prior to the start of Level 1.

Program of Study

Year 1 and Year 2 Semester 1 course work, which applies only to prelicensure students, should be completed before beginning Level 1. It is strongly recommended that students take Sociology, Anthropology, or Psychology to meet the Social/Behavioral Sciences core requirement. It is also recommended that, if the student schedule allows, all UNM core curriculum requirements be met before beginning Level 1.

The NMNEC prelicensure B.S.N. program of the College of Nursing is scheduled year round in three terms. Students are required to attend year round and students complete the curriculum in 20 months. There are five levels in the nursing curriculum, with one level completed each term. The curriculum for the nursing major follows:

YEAR 1 Credit Hours
Semester 1
ENGL 110
(or ENGL 112;
or ENGL 113)
Accelerated Composition
(or Composition II;
or Enhanced Composition)
3
BIOL 123 /124L Biology for Health Sciences 4
MATH 101, 102, 103 Intermediate Algebra Parts 1, 2, and 3 3
PSY 105 General Psychology 3
Humanities (Core Area 5) 3
Subtotal 16
Semester 2
ENGL 120 Composition III 3
CHEM 111L General Chemistry 4
NURS 224 Application of Growth and Development to Health Care 3
NUTR 244 Human Nutrition 3
STAT 145 Introduction to Statistics 3
Subtotal 16
YEAR 2
Semester 1
BIOL 237 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 239L Microbiology 4
NURS 239 Pathophysiology I 3
Humanities (Core Area 5) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Core Area 4) 3
Subtotal 16
Admission to Nursing Program
Level 1 Nursing
BIOL 238 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
NURS 201 Introduction to Nursing Concepts 3
NURS 220L Principles of Nursing Practice 4
NURS 240 Pathophysiology II 3
NURS 332 Evidence-Based Practice 3
Subtotal 16
Level 2 Nursing
NURS 238 Nursing Pharmacology 3
NURS 303 Health Care Participant 3
NURS 321L Assessment and Health Promotion 4
NURS 351 Health and Illness Concepts I 3
Foreign Language (Core Area 6) 3
Subtotal 16
Level 3 Nursing
NURS 322L Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions 4
NURS 352 Health and Illness Concepts II 3
NURS 390 Professional Nursing Concepts I 3
Nursing Elective** 3
Fine Arts (Core Area 7) 3
Subtotal 16
Level 4 Nursing
NURS 401L Clinical Intensive I 4
NURS 402L Clinical Intensive II 4
NURS 453 Health and Illness Concepts III 4
Writing and Speaking (Core Area 1) 3
Subtotal 15
Level 5 Nursing
NURS 419L Capstone 4
NURS 403L Clinical Intensive III 4
NURS 454L Concept Synthesis 3
NURS 491 Professional Nursing Concepts II 3
Nursing Elective** 3
Subtotal 17
Total 129


** Includes NURS 498, 499
(if the student is eligible and seeks departmental honors)

The grade of "C" or better is required in all courses.

Contact the College of Nursing Academic Advisement Office for curricular planning.

Students who participate in the University Honors Program may apply General Studies seminars to satisfy appropriate requirements upon approval by the Dean, College of Nursing.

Students who wish to make substitutions or exceptions to the program may present their request to the Executive Associate Dean.

See The University of New Mexico online Schedule of Classes for further information prior to registration.

It is the student’s responsibility to meet all departmental requirements.


R.N. to B.S.N. Degree Completion Option for Registered Nurse (R.N.) Students

The R.N. to B.S.N. Degree Completion Option is available primarily through online courses, with the exception of the two required community courses. Individual arrangements are made for clinical hours. See College of Nursing for advisement details.

All registered nurses seeking entrance into the College of Nursing must meet requirements for admission to the University and to the College of Nursing. Also needed are: a valid R.N. license (which must be kept current throughout enrollment) and at least 26 credit hours of college course work applicable to the B.S.N. degree.

A requirement of the College of Nursing is that all students complete ENGL 120 - Composition III prior to enrolling in any upper-division nursing courses. The Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) II must be taken within two terms of enrollment in upper-division nursing course work.

College credit earned in associate degree nursing programs or in hospital-based diploma schools of nursing is transferable to the University, provided the original program was offered in a regionally accredited institution and the nursing program was accredited by the National League for Nursing. Such credit may be applied toward meeting the graduation requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. See Transfer of Credit.

R.N. students are allowed to progress through the upper-division major according to individual capacity based upon a credit by examination process and enrollment in required nursing courses. A Plan of Studies (POS) for each student is determined at the time of enrollment into the R.N.-B.S.N. program. Students are expected to follow the POS throughout the program. Each R.N. student must demonstrate achievement of the outcomes expected of all College of Nursing baccalaureate students.

Each registered nurse student is counseled individually to help clarify career goals and to plan an educational program which is of greatest benefit in meeting those goals.

Prospective registered nurse students are urged to contact the College of Nursing Student Advisement Office prior to registration. The College of Nursing supports career mobility for nurses.

Program of Study

UNM Core Curriculum Areas and Required Courses (37 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENGL 110
(or ENGL 112;
or ENGL 113)
Accelerated Composition
(or Composition II;
or Enhanced Composition)
3
ENGL 120 Composition III 3
Writing course 3
STAT 145 (has MATH 120 as prerequisite) 3
Physical/Natural Sciences 7
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6
Humanities 6
Foreign Language 3
Fine Arts 3
Lower-Division Electives 21-23
NURS 239 Pathophysiology I 3
NURS 240 Pathophysiology II 3
Upper-Division credits from A.C.E. II exam 34
Upper-Division Nursing Required Courses: *
NURS 340 Advancement of Professional Nursing 3
NURS 332 Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 431L Community Assessment 3
NURS 441 Evidence-Based Application of Health Assessment Skills 4
NURS 442 Nursing Leadership in Health Policy and Health Care Systems 3
NURS 447L Family and Community Health Practicum 4
NURS 448 Application of Health and Illness Concepts 4
Upper-Division Elective in Nursing (when available; otherwise unrestricted) 3
Upper-Division Elective (unrestricted) 3
Total 128


*
Upper-Division courses must be taken in the sequence determined by the student’s Plan of Studies.


Departmental Honors Program

The purposes of the Departmental Honors Program are:

  1. to utilize knowledge in nursing and related fields in the study process
  2. to provide the honors student a full opportunity for participating in scholarly activities in small-group discussion and written and oral expression

Requirements for Departmental Honors are:

  1. University of New Mexico grade point average of at least a 3.50 to enroll in Honors courses and to graduate with Departmental Honors
  2. 6 credit hours in honor study (NURS 498 and NURS 499)
  3. at least 60 credit hours earned at the University
  4. application for honors with approval of the faculty

Dean’s List: At the end of each term the names of students who have outstanding academic records are put on the Dean’s List, which is made available to University and outside news media. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Nursing, a student must have carried at least 12 credit hours and made a grade point average of 3.50 or better for that term.


Courses

NURS 129. Topics. (1-3 )



NURS 201. Introduction to Nursing Concepts. (3)



NURS 220L. Principles of Nursing Practice. (4)



NURS 224. Application of Growth and Development to Health Care. (3)



NURS 229. Topics. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



NURS 238. Pharmacology in Nursing and the Health Professions. (3)



NURS 239. Pathophysiology I. (3)



NURS 240. Pathophysiology II. (3)



NURS 293. Nursing Topics. (1-6)



NURS 297. Independent Study. (1-3, no limit Δ)



NURS 303. Health Care Participant. (3)



NURS 321L. Assessment and Health Promotion. (4)



NURS 322L. Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions. (4)



NURS 329. Topics. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



NURS 332. Evidence-Based Practice. (3)



NURS 340. Advancement of Professional Nursing. (3)



NURS 351. Health and Illness Concepts I. (3)



NURS 352. Health and Illness Concepts II. (3)



NURS 390. Professional Nursing Concepts I. (3)



NURS 397. Independent Study. (1-3, no limit Δ)



NURS 401L. Clinical Intensive I. (4)



NURS 402L. Clinical Intensive II. (4)



NURS 403L. Clinical Intensive III. (4)



NURS 419L. Capstone. (4 )



NURS 421. Nurse Intern Professional Knowledge Development. (1 to a maximum of 2 Δ)



NURS 422. Nurse Intern Professional Role Development. (1 to a maximum of 2 Δ)



NURS *429. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)



NURS 431L. Community Assessment. (3)



NURS 441. Evidence-Based Application of Health Assessment Skills. (4)



NURS 442. Nursing Leadership in Health Policy and Systems. (3)



NURS 447L. Family and Community Health Practicum. . (4)



NURS 448. Application of Health and Illness Concepts. (4)



NURS 453. Health and Illness Concepts III. (4)



NURS 454L. Nursing Synthesis. (3)



NURS 462. Special Populations in Pediatrics. (3)



NURS 472. Victimology. (3)



NURS 473 / 570. End of Life Care. (3)



NURS 474. Patient Education. (3)



NURS 476 / 576. Critical Care Nursing. (3)



NURS 491. Professional Nursing Concepts II. (3)



NURS 497. Independent Study. (1-3, no limit Δ)



NURS 498. Honors Study in Nursing I. (3)



NURS 499. Honors Study in Nursing II. (1-3, may be repeated once Δ)



NURS 501. Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing. (3)



NURS 503. Research in Nursing. (3)



NURS 504. Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care. (3)



NURS 505. Health Care Policy, Systems and Financing for Advanced Practice Roles. (3)



NURS 509. Teaching in Nursing. (3)



NURS 510. Educational Program Development and Evaluation. (3)



NURS 512. Resource Utilization in Nursing. (3)



NURS 513. Administration to Facilitate Quality Clinical Care. (3)



NURS 514. Nursing Administration in Health Institutions/ Agencies. (3)



NURS 515. Faculty Roles and Professional Issues. (3)



NURS 516. Advanced Community Health Nursing I. (2-3)



NURS 517. Advanced Community Health Nursing II. (3)



NURS 522. Applications of Epidemiology to Community Health Problems. (3)



NURS 526. Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice Nursing. (3)



NURS 535. Adult Health I. (4 [3])



NURS 536. Adult Health II. (3)



NURS 539. Advanced Pediatric Health and Developmental Assessment. (4)



NURS 540. Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning. (4)



NURS 541. Antepartum-Postpartum for FNP. (1 [2])



NURS 542. Ambulatory Pediatrics I. (4)



NURS 543. Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics. (3)



NURS 544. Antepartum and Postpartum Care. (1-7, may be repeated once Δ)



NURS 546. Ambulatory Pediatrics II. (4)



NURS 547. Pediatric Chronic Illness/Special Needs. (5)



NURS 548. Women's Health. (1-4, may be repeated once Δ)



NURS 549. Adolescent Health. (3)



NURS 550. Intrapartum Care. (1-9, may be repeated once Δ)



NURS 551. Newborn Care. (1-3 )



NURS 552. Evidence-Based Care in Nurse Midwifery. (1)



NURS 553. Nurse-Midwifery Professional Practice. (1)



NURS 558. Brain and Behavioral Correlates of Health and Illness. (3)



NURS 559. Physiologic Concepts in Health and Illness. (3)



NURS 560. Differential Diagnosis for Advanced Practice. (3)



NURS 561. ACNP Applications to Practice I: Introduction to the Acutely Ill Adult [ACNP Applications to Practice I]. (5)



NURS 562. Complex Patient Analyses and Treatment. (3)



NURS 563. ACNP Applications to Practice II: High Acuity Adult Patients [ACNP Applications to Practice II]. (5)



NURS 564. Health Promotion, Protection, and Disease Prevention for Acute, Critical or Chronically Ill Adults. (2)



NURS 566. Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Skills. (3)



NURS 568. ACNP Clinical Topics I. (3 to a maximum of 12 Δ)



NURS 569. ACNP Clinical Topics II. (3 to a maximum of 12 Δ)



NURS 570 / 473. End of Life Care. (3)



NURS 571. Geriatric and End of Life Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice. (2 [3])



NURS 572. Iatrogenesis in the Elderly. (3 [2])



NURS 576 / 476. Critical Care Nursing. (3)



NURS 591. Graduate Problems. (1-6, no limit Δ)



NURS 593. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)



NURS 594. Advanced Practice Seminar. (1)



NURS 595. Advanced Nursing Field Work. (1-7, no limit Δ)



NURS 596. Professional Paper. (1)



NURS 597. Applied Examination. (1)



NURS 599. Nursing Thesis I. (1-6, no limit Δ)



NURS 600. Philosophy of Science in Nursing. (3)



NURS 601. Theory I: Nursing Knowledge Development. (3)



NURS 602. Theory II: Substantive Nursing Knowledge. (3)



NURS 606. Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research. (3)



NURS 607. Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research. (3)



NURS 608. Environments of Human Health. (3)



NURS 609. Family Nursing: Concepts, Issues and Outcomes. (3)



NURS 610. Nursing Education: Pedagogy and Roles. (3)



NURS 611. Rural and Cultural Health. (3)



NURS 612. Clinical Nursing Therapeutics and Outcomes. (3)



NURS 613. Mixed Methods Research. (3)



NURS 614. Instrumentation. (3)



NURS 615. Critical Ethnography and CBPR in Health Care Research. (3)



NURS 620. Advanced Health Care Statistics I. (3)



NURS 621. Advanced Health Care Statistics II. (3)



NURS 624. Behavioral Observation Methods. (3)



NURS 630. Personal and Social Context of Illness. (3)



NURS 640. Evidence, Health Policy, and Politics. (3)



NURS 641. Health Disparities and Policy. (3)



NURS 642. Applied Health Economics. (3)



NURS 648. Introduction to Health Policy Field Placement. (1)



NURS 649. Health Policy Field Placement. (3)



NURS 690. Ph.D. Seminar. (1-3, no limit Δ)



NURS 691. Independent Study. (1-3, no limit Δ)



NURS 693. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)



NURS 699. Dissertation. (3-9, no limit Δ)



NURS 701. Applied Research in Advanced Nursing Practice. (3)



NURS 702. Applied Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practice. (3)



NURS 703. Applied Clinical Research in Advanced Nursing Practice. (3)



NURS 705. The Business and Policy of Practice and Their Influence on the U.S. Health Care System [Financial Economics and the Business of Advanced Nursing Practice]. (3)



NURS 706. Organizational Systems and Quality Management for Advanced Nursing Practice. (3)



NURS 713. Applied Pharmacotherapeutics for APRNs. (2)



NURS 723. Effective Human Resource Management in Health Care Settings. (3)



NURS 725. Principles of Advanced Nursing Management. (3)



NURS 726. Leading Organizational Change. (3)



NURS 727. Health Care Innovations and Informatics. (3)



NURS 730. Geriatric and End of Life Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice. (3)



NURS 746. Mental Health Concepts for APRNs. (3)



NURS 751. Chronic and Complex Illness in Adults. (3)



NURS 769. Comparative Models of Maternal and Child Health Care Delivery. (3)



NURS 770. Cultural and Complementary Healing. (3)



NURS 771. Midwifery Leadership and Change. (1)



NURS 784. Pediatric Chronic and Complex Illness. (4)



NURS 791. Independent Study. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



NURS 793. Topics. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



NURS 795. Advanced Nursing Practice Residency [D.N.P. Residency]. (1-10 to a maximum of 10 Δ)



NURS 796. D.N.P. Capstone Seminar. (1)



NURS 797. D.N.P. Capstone Project. (1-8 to a maximum of 8 Δ)



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