Advising in the SON


ATTENTION: Pre-Nursing advising is now located at CAASS in Garcia Annex. Advising for continuing nursing students, military and 2nd degree seeking students is still located in HSS 110.


Admission Information

Admission to each of our majors is competitive, requiring special applications (available from the pre-major advisers) and prescribed prerequisite course work.

All students (new freshmen or transfer students) who are interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), are admitted to NMSU and the College of Health and Social Services as pre-nursing majors (PNUR).

Registered Nurses (RN) who have an associate degree in nursing and who would like to apply for the RN to BS Program, should contact the School of Nursing directly at 575-646-7770, or visit us in room 110 of the Health and Social Services building.

The 2nd degree Pathway option is an alternate entry BSN program (2-year option) for those students who already have an undergraduate degree in another field. This program begins in the fall or spring semester. Application must be completed by February 1st for a fall start, and September 1st for a spring start.

Advising Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm, in room 110 of HSS.  Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are also accepted. To schedule your appointment, please contact Lynn at 575-646-7311.

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Students and pre-nursing advisers work together to form a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship and educational experience. Part of this experience requires the student to learn how to be prepared for advising appointments. The DARS system allows students to run a STAR report, or audit, on any academic major or minor.

Additionally, it is very important that all students are aware of academic deadlines. These can be found at the Office of the Registrar’s homepage. The Undergraduate Catalog is also very important for students to use and become familiar with it’s contents. The catalog can answer academic questions students may have.

Students wishing to enter the BSN program must successfully complete the HESI Admission Assessment examination. A satisfactory score of 75% on each required category (must be earned prior to admission into the School of Nursing). Please see the link below for helpful information about HESI requirements.

Since nursing is a competitive major, sometimes a student is forced to think about a “Plan B” course of action. Please see the Important Resources Area below for the link to a grid that outlines alternatives to the BSN degree.

School of Nursing Advising Center Contact Information

Please contact the appropriate adviser below to schedule your appointment or for more information on starting or continuing your nursing career with us. Pre-Nurs advising is now offered at CAASS in Garcia Annex.

  • Teresa Keller, PhD – Associate Director
  • Lynn Brooks – Administrative Assistant
  • Alyce Kolenovsky – Academic Advisor, Ld./Military/2nd degree
  • Karen Pech – Academic Advisor/RN-BSN/Graduate/Pathway-Roadrunner