With large rural and Native American populations, the state of New Mexico needs nurses who can provide quality, independent care. To take on greater nursing responsibilities, RNs must complete a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree to obtain the clinical skills and decision-making confidence to care for patients as a Nurse Practitioner or Critical Care Nurse.

New Mexico RNs can achieve their goals by earning an MSN degree by completing standard or bridge program options (RN/BSN to MSN).

RN to MSN and BSN to MSN Programs

Traditional New Mexico universities offer a range of standard MSN programs (non-bridge options) in on-campus, online, or blended formats. Many of these programs are designed to be compatible with nurses’ busy work and family schedules. Though universities in the state do not yet offer bridge programs (RN to MSN and BSN to MSN), New Mexico resident nurses can take advantage of offerings from online-only universities. Such established and credentialed schools allow students to complete their in-person clinical experiences at locations near their homes or workplaces.

Typical Program Length:

  • Approximately 6 full-time semesters for an RN to MSN
  • 4 full-time semesters for a BSN to MSN

Typical Admissions Requirements:

  • ADN or BSN from an accredited university (degree level may vary by program)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Active license as an RN in New Mexico
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Three letters of reference and a letter of intent

2024 List of MSN Programs in New Mexico

Although New Mexico does not have any in-state options for RN to MSN programs, there are options for taking 100% online programs at accredited colleges. The program is almost 2 years in length, but the online options make earning your degree easier. After you have earned your MSN degree you can enjoy a career in specialty fields like oncology, critical care, family/private practice, other other specialty areas; these career paths come with compensation that matches the responsibilities, as well as the experience and qualifications needed to obtain the titles.

MSN Programs By City:

Albuquerque, NM

Las Cruces, NM

MSN Programs
School of Nursing
P. O. Box 30001, MSC 3185
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-3812

Portales, NM

MSN Programs
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
(575) 562-1011

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