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Students who wish to pursue a nursing career in New Mexico will find that the state offers a wide selection of nursing programs. Since the different programs cater to a variety of students, it is important to understand all of the available options in order to make the best choice.

Nursing assistant
For students desiring a quick career path with an immediate return on investment, nursing assistant training is one of the best options. Taking no longer than eight to ten weeks of training, nursing assistant programs give prospective nurses the skills and confidence needed to succeed. Typical responsibilities include bedside care and providing aid to chronically ill patients. Nursing assistants also serve as caregivers to elderly and rehabilitating patients. Schools such as Doña Ana Community College and New Mexico State University – Carlsbad offer a nursing assistant program. With projected job growth of 21% through 2022, aspiring nursing assistants have a very bright job outlook.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nursing programs require more time commitment from students but are well worth pursuing for those interested in taking on more responsibilities. An LPN program typically requires 12 to 18 months of training, longer than a nursing assistant program but not as long as a registered nursing program. Following training, students must successfully pass the national licensure examination. LPNs assume direct healthcare responsibilities like medication administration and therapy. Many public colleges offer LPN certificate programs, including Northern New Mexico College and Luna Community College. Upon graduation, LPNs can expect to earn an average annual salary of $41,000.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses assume the most independent responsibilities of all the nursing professions. There are two types of RN licensure programs offered in New Mexico: two-year associate's degrees and four-year bachelor’s degrees. Students must also successfully pass the national licensure examination. Registered nurses can choose from many different role specializations including patient care, management, therapeutics, and research. Many schools offer these types of programs in New Mexico, ranging from the private school National American University - Albuquerque West to the large public school Western New Mexico University.

Start your New Mexico nursing career today by consulting our comprehensive list below of the state’s accredited nursing schools.

Featured Schools

Albuquerque

Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brookline College - Albuquerque
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Carrington College - Albuquerque
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central New Mexico Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grand Canyon University - Albuquerque
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
National American University - Albuquerque
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
National American University - Albuquerque West
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pima Medical Institute - Albuquerque
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of New Mexico
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of New Mexico - Valencia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Phoenix - Albuquerque
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Albuquerque Public Schools Albuquerque
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brookline College - Albuquerque Albuquerque
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Carrington College - Albuquerque Albuquerque
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grand Canyon University - Albuquerque Albuquerque
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
National American University - Albuquerque Albuquerque
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
National American University - Albuquerque West Albuquerque
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pima Medical Institute - Albuquerque Albuquerque
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of New Mexico Albuquerque
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of New Mexico - Valencia Los Lunas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Phoenix - Albuquerque Albuquerque
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Other New Mexico cities

Clovis Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Computer Career Center, A Division of Vista College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dona Ana Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern New Mexico University
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Luna Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Navajo Technical University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Mexico Highlands University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New Mexico Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Mexico State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New Mexico State University - Carlsbad
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New Mexico State University - Grants
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern New Mexico College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Juan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Santa Fe Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of New Mexico - Gallup
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of New Mexico - Taos
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Western New Mexico University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Clovis Community College Clovis
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Computer Career Center, A Division of Vista College Las Cruces
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dona Ana Community College Las Cruces
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern New Mexico University Portales
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Roswell
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso Ruidoso
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Luna Community College Las Vegas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Navajo Technical University Crownpoint
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New Mexico Junior College Hobbs
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
New Mexico State University Las Cruces
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New Mexico State University - Carlsbad Carlsbad
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New Mexico State University - Grants Grants
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northern New Mexico College Espanola
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Juan College Farmington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of New Mexico - Gallup Gallup
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of New Mexico - Taos Ranchos de Taos
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Western New Mexico University Silver City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion