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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

MAJOR: Nursing

Requirements for B.S.N. Program Admission

Requirements and procedures to follow for admission to the four-year B.S.N. program are as follows:

  1. Obtain admission to NMSU as a regular student.
  2. Contact the pre-nursing advisor in the College of Health and Social Services for complete Nursing Program information and advisement.
  3. Satisfy NMSU basic academic competency requirements in English and Math.
  4. Complete prerequisite coursework before final admission to the nursing major.
  5. Prerequisite science courses must have been completed within the past seven years.
  6. Achieve a grade of C- or better in each nursing prerequisite course.
  7. Achieve a competitive minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 which includes grades earned from all higher education institutions.
  8. Prelicensure applicants to the NMSU School of Nursing are required to take a standardized admission exam and to obtain a satisfactory score prior to application to the nursing major.
  9. Applicants will be considered for admission to the nursing major during the fall or spring semester of anticipated completion of prerequisite coursework or after prerequisite courses are completed. Applicants for fall semester admission may not finish prerequisites in the summer session immediately preceding the fall semester in which they wish to be admitted.
  10. Application deadlines each year are:

February 1st—for consideration for Fall admission to the nursing major

September 1st—for consideration for Spring admission to the nursing major

NOTE: Admission is competitive and available seats are limited. Priority for admission will be given to applicants with the highest GPAs in the required prerequisite coursework, scores on the standardized admission exam, and to New Mexico residents. 

Any applicant not admitted to the nursing major may reapply.

Second Degree : BSN (Pathway option) or the Accelerated 2nd Degree (Roadrunner option)

Requirements and procedures for admission to the two second degree options are as follows:

  1. Obtain admission to NMSU as a second bachelor's degree-seeking student with official transcripts
  2. Contact the pre-nursing advisors in the School of Nursing Advising Center for advisement on program application and admission.
  3. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in first bachelor's degree
  4. Have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the required pre-requisite Anatomy and Physiology or A&P I and A&P II (8 credits), third science course (3 credits in BIOL, MOLB, CHEM, or PHYS), a Pathophysiology course (3- 4 credits) and Statistics (3 credits).  Roadrunner applicants must also obtain a B or better in all prerequisites. All courses must be completed before submitting a nursing application and must not be older than 7 years.
  5. Roadrunner students are admitted once a year, in the summer. Pathway option students are admitted in spring or fall semesters. Submit an official application to the second degree option to the School of Nursing Advising Center by February 1st, for consideration for summer Roadrunner admissions. Submission dates for Pathway students are February 1st for fall admission, or September 1st for spring admission to the nursing program.
  6. Complete a resume documenting prior education and work experience.
  7. A Medical Terminology Course is recommended
  8. Applications are considered only after all requested documentation is received by the pre-nursing Advisors.
  9. Three letters of recommendation are required.

Requirements

Four-Year Curriculum Plan Courses

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses in the curriculum. Students must also complete six elective credits from the Part III Viewing a Wider World general education category.

Math basic academic skills requirement must be satisfied.

Departmental Requirements (39-40 credits)

A ST 311Statistical Applications

3 cr.

or

STAT 251GStatistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences

3 cr.

 

BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

 

BIOL 219Public Health Microbiology

3 cr.

or

BIOL 311General Microbiology

3 cr.

BIOL 311 LGeneral Microbiology Laboratory

2 cr. (4P)

 

BIOL 253Human Anatomy

4 cr. (3+3P)

BIOL 254Human Physiology

3 cr.

C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior

3 cr.

 

HNDS 251Human Nutrition

3 cr.

 

MATH 121GCollege Algebra

3 cr.

NURS 328Human Pathophysiology Foundation for Nursing

4 cr.

PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology

3 cr.

One course from the following

CHEM 110GPrinciples and Applications of Chemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

Common Core

Communications Area I

9-10 cr.

Math Area II (counted in department)

3 cr.

Science Area III (counted in department)

8 cr.

Social/Behavior Science Area IV (3 cr. counted in department)

3 cr.

Humanities Area V

6-9 cr.

University Requirements (27-28 credits)

VWW (from specified list)

3 cr.

VWW (from specified list)

3 cr.

Formal Acceptance required before taking NURSING courses

The NMSU School of Nursing participates in the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium. The nursing curriculum offered is the NMNEC Statewide Curriculum Plan:


Level 1

NURS 293Introduction to Nursing Concepts

3 cr.

NURS 294Principals of Nursing Practice

4 cr.

NURS 362Evidence Based Practice

3 cr.

Level 2

NURS 377Health and Illness Concepts I

3 cr.

NURS 378Health Care Participant

3 cr.

NURS 379Nursing Pharmacology

3 cr.

NURS 380Assessment and Health Promotion

4 cr.

Level 3

NURS 395Health and Illness Concepts II

3 cr.

NURS 396Professional Nursing Concepts I

3 cr.

NURS 398Care of Patients with Chronic Conditions

4 cr. (8P)

Level 4

NURS 466Health and Illness Concepts III

4 cr.

NURS 467Clinical Intensive I

4 cr.(0-1)+(0-6P)

NURS 468Clinical Intensive II

3 cr.

Level 5

NURS 486Concept Synthesis

3 cr.

NURS 487Professional Nursing Concepts II

3 cr.

NURS 488Clinical Intensive III

4 cr.

NURS 489Capstone

4 cr.

Note: A grade of C- or better is required for all courses in the curriculum. You must also complete 6 elective credits from the Part III Viewing a Wider World general education category. 



Note:

  1. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or who has been convicted of a felony is advised to contact the appropriate State Board of Nursing regarding eligibility for licensure.
  2. Clinical clearances are required for all students prior to admission and concurrent with each semester of studies. These include: current immunizations; background screening; drug testing; individual health insurance coverage; current CPR status; various health agency orientations, as well as other requirements mandated by clinical affiliation agreements. Failure to complete and provide documentation within timelines established by the School of Nursing may prevent admission to/or continuation within the nursing program.
  3. Students are required to make a satisfactory score on nationally- normed, standardized tests before application. In the last semester of the curriculum, students are required to take a comprehensive/ standardized exam and to make a satisfactory score on this exam prior to their final clinical experience.
  4. Newly admitted students are required to attend an orientation session which occurs prior to the start of classes for their first nursing semester.
  5. School-wide activities begin 1-3 days prior to the start of classes. Attendance is required.