Nursing student Darlene Lucille Baca
UNM nursing student Darlene Lucille Baca trains on a high-fidelity mannequin in the UNM College of Nursing's simulation lab.
Credit: John Arnold

NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com has ranked the UNM College of Nursing 15 out of more than 350 nursing schools in the Southwest U.S. and one of the country’s top nursing schools. Nursing Schools Almanac’s research team evaluated 3,200-plus U.S. nursing schools and campuses based on the breadth and depth of nursing programs, student success, value and other measures.

In the Southwest region, UNM’s College of Nursing ranked ahead of Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Houston, UTEP and other notable programs.

“We’re very proud of our programs, which offer meaningful career opportunities for aspiring nurses at so many levels, while expanding health care access throughout New Mexico,” says Nancy Ridenour, PhD, UNM College of Nursing dean and professor.

According to Nursing Schools Almanac, UNM’s College of Nursing offers many innovative education opportunities. UNM has partnered with every state-funded nursing program through the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium to provide a common curriculum. This program provides a direct path for students to receive a baccalaureate degree in nursing through their hometown community college or local university. UNM College of Nursing currently offers the BSN not only on its Albuquerque campus, but on five additional New Mexico community college campuses. The college recently added a new post master’s clinical Doctor of Nursing Practice in addition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice for Nurse Executives.

Since 2009, Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates have averaged an 84 percent pass rate on the NCLEX national licensure exam, including an 87-percent pass rate last year. National pass rates for the nurse practitioner and nurse midwifery graduates are consistently between 90 and 100 percent.