University of New Mexico medicine, pharmacy and nursing schools are among the top 25 for graduating Hispanics, as reported in the June 5 issue of "Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education."

The UNM Health Sciences Center puts New Mexico in the top five states for granting the most nursing degrees to Hispanics and among the top 10 states in granting medical degrees to Hispanics.

The College of Pharmacy ranks 4, with 89 graduates 22, or 25 percent, being Hispanic. The School of Medicine ranks 10, with 16 of its 69 graduates, or 23 percent, being Hispanic. The College of Nursing ranks 11, 61 of its 195 graduates, or 31 percent, being Hispanic.

The article notes that the 2005-06 entering class was the largest on record with more than 17,000 first-time enrollees in the nation's 125 medical schools. Similarly, enrollment in entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs increased 13 percent from 2004 to 2005.

Statistical data from 2005 was provided by the National Center for Education Statistics .


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