“These students already have everything they need to get a higher education and they have the credits to earn a nursing degree. There is a shortage of approximately 6,500 nurses in the state, so this new program will help close that gap,” he said.
Students will learn with their peers. Building on previous experience, this program allows students to save time and money and be well-prepared to transition into the nursing profession.
According to the New Mexico Health Workforce Commission’s 2022 annual report, registered nursing is expected to grow the most of all occupations within the health care practitioner and technician group, adding 2,080 jobs.
Applicants with a bachelor’s degree can apply starting December 15 for the Fall 2023 semester. The required credits will vary depending on the preliminary assessment at the time of application, with a minimum of 59 credits.