New Mexico RN to BSN Programs
Nurses are committed to their patients, professional development and the elevation of the status of nurses as a whole as an important part of the medical team. With clear pathways to higher education available throughout the state, Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) graduates who are innovative and of a goal-setting mindset can continue to advance their career through one of the state's many RN to BSN options.
How do RN to BSN programs ensure that they admit candidates that have excellent academics and integrity, and at the same time, are respectful of the diverse makeup of the patient population? The answer lies in fine-tuning the entrance and admissions criteria year after year to shape the body of nurses that graduate as with a baccalaureate (BSN) degree holders. Read on to discover some of the requirements that you will face when you apply.
- Completed general application form
- Application fee in U.S. funds (non-refundable)
- List of any courses in progress
- Graduate of a regionally accredited college program
- Submit an official transcript from each college you've attended with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Current licensure in good standing for the state of New Jersey
- Up to date CPR training
- Current professional resume
Through the University of New Mexico's RN to BSN Online program, faculty strives to prepare nurses for the changes that our century will see. Graduates will have learned to engage in lifelong learning, and provide culturally sensitive care to a diverse body of patients. To aid these and other learning outcomes, students are immersed in courses like:
- NURS 301 Professional Communication, and
- NURS 302 Advancement of Professional Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has shown over repeated studies that nurses with a BSN degree can make a positive difference in a patient's clinical outcome. There is also a strong correlation between BSN status and making accurate diagnoses. BSN graduates are 'management ready' - able to see and strategize problems of policy, staffing and leadership more easily than their ADN counterparts - if you're an ADN RN there's no time like the present to get started on furthering your education.
Featured Online School
Eastern Mexico University is one of several universities throughout the state that have expanded their faculty skill sets to include teaching and mentoring students online. With a focus on theory and critical thinking, the ACEN-accredited program is designed to help students launch into the next phase of their nursing career.
Admissions and Program Length
RN to BSN programs are generally two years in length and Eastern New Mexico University is no exception. Students must transfer with up to 30 nursing credits from a regionally accredited ADN program, and the remaining 30 should be obtained through ENMU. The other half of general arts credits can be a combination of transfer and courses through ENMU. Nurses may accelerate their program by taking courses throughout the summer time.
Tuition and Cost of Attendance
Tuition fees are calculated on a per credit basis. In-state residents have a per-credit fee of about $250; additional fees are applied on top of this base rate. Due to the online nature of the RN to BSN program, cost of living and dining fees are not applied.
The data is clear - RNs who choose to become BSN holders experience more opportunities for higher salary than their ADN counterparts, and for a number of reasons. With more leadership skills, and greater opportunity for degrees and further professional advancement, BSN RNs are a 'good deal' for employers to hire. Got your BSN? Here are some of the jobs that you might be able to just walk into with your new qualifications:
- Surgical first assistant
- Nurse education coordinator
- Psychiatric nurse
There is no direct salary data comparison between ADN and BSN RNs, however, using salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we can make some educated guesses about salary level over the course of a nursing career. The lowest salary bracket for nurses in the state is about $51,000 - the second lowest is about $56,000 - students can infer that with ADN credentials, the base rate of pay on hire is probably closer to the lowest benchmark. Since BSN, holders possess more than the base level of credentials it makes sense that they would have a higher rate of compensation from the outset as employers look for candidates who can best fill the scope of the job at hand.
Degree programs have become the new standard of health care and New Mexico is no exception. RN to BSN programs are offered at more than 5 different institutions in the state, as identified by the Association of Colleges of Nursing. The state is helping students with the financial burden by offering different scholarship programs. BSN degrees can prepare candidates for higher paying positions and career options such as working for insurance companies, government organizations, public health care, etc. Wages, depending on location and position, are around $20,000 more annually than an ADN nurse. Take a degree program and earn more than education.
Eastern New Mexico UniversityOnline
Department of Health & Human Services
1500 S Avenue K
Portales, NM 88130
New Mexico Highlands UniversityCampus
Department of Nursing
Engineering Building, Room 101, Box 9000
Las Vegas, NM 87701
New Mexico State UniversityOnline
School of Nursing
1780 E University Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Northern New Mexico CollegeCampus
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
921 North Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM 87532
University of New MexicoOnline
College of Nursing
2502 Marble Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Western New Mexico UniversityOnline
School of Nursing
1000 College Avenue
Silver City, NM 88062
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