RN to BSN Program (online)

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The RN-BSN Program is designed for registered nurses (R.N.s) from diverse educational and multicultural backgrounds who want to earn a baccalaureate degree in an environment that will promote personal satisfaction and lifelong learning through challenging experiences.

The curriculum is designed to be completed in 4 semesters of part-time study (9-12 credits/semester), after completion of general education requirements. New Mexico State University requires 120 credits for graduation with a bachelor’s degree, 48 of which must be upper division.

New students are admitted once a year and begin classes in the fall. Students complete the majority of course assignments online. It is essential to have a computer with internet service to access the online courses and complete assignments.

Once accepted, students are required to attend an onsite mandatory orientation where they meet with faculty and support staff and are given an overview of their nursing courses and the program.

Students will be required to meet all NMSU requirements for graduation, including general education requirements. All prerequisite and requisite course work taken at other institutions will be evaluated by the Registrar’s office and transfer credit granted appropriately. Nursing course work taken at other institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis by the School of Nursing and granted appropriate lower-division credit, to a maximum of 41 credits. A 2.75 GPA or better is required for admission to the RN-BSN program.

RN-BSN students may take up to 12 credits of graduate nursing courses (MSN or DNP) with approval from the RN-BSN Program Coordinator and course instructor. Graduate nursing courses can count as electives or in some instances, can replace an undergraduate required course (see page 2).

Approved Upper Division Electives for RN-BSN Program

  • Any NMSU Public Health (PHLS) course offered at the 300 level or above
  • Other health-related courses offered at NMSU may qualify as an elective, but require prior approval from the RN-BSN Program Coordinator.
  • Nursing Graduate Courses: Approval from the RN-BSN Program Coordinator and course instructor required. Graduate nursing courses can count as an elective or in some instances, can replace an undergraduate required course (see page 2 of degree plan for Nursing graduate level courses).

If you are interested in applying to the RN-BSN program, please take a moment to complete the Request More Information form so we may contact you and answer any questions you may have.

-Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2019- 


For more information contact:

Dr. Conni DeBlieck
RN-BSN Program Coord.

Ph: 575-646-5742
Fax: 575-646-2167
Email: deblieck@nmsu.edu  
Karen Pech
RN-BSN Program Advisor

Ph: 575-646-7770
Fax: 575-646-2167
Email: kpech@nmsu.edu