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Associate of Science

Program Description

The program is a competitive-entry program designed to graduate entry-level nurses who are able to promote, restore and maintain health for individuals, families, adn groups within our rural community and globally. The curriculum includes four semesters of courses designed to prepare a beginning level nurse. The courses increase in complexity and address the following areas in the organizing framework: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidenced-based practice, quality improvement, safety and informatics. The New Mexico Board of Nursing has granted full approval to the program through December 2020. The UNM Valencia Nursing Program is granted candidacy status from the Accrediting Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN) through July 2017.

Career and educational advancement opportunities

The associate degree in nursing program at UNM-Valencia offers a career mobility format that prepares students for beginning nursing practice in a variety of health care settings. After completion of the associate degree in nursing and passing the NCLEX-RN examination, students are encouraged to continue to baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) programs.


Information about the associate of science in nursing degree is available from the Nursing advisor, Tracy Owen, at 505.925.8915 or the Nursing Program at 505.925.8870.

Degree Requirements

Course Prerequisites (Students must complete the following prerequisite courses to be considered for admission to the ADN program. credits)
BIOL 237/247L* Human Anatomy and Physiology/Lab4 (3+1)*
ENGL 110 or 112 or 113Composition3 or 3 or 4
HCHS 111Medical Terminology3
PSY 105General Psychology3
*BIOL 123/124L and CHEM 111 are prerequisites for BIOL 237/247L (These courses as well as PSY 105, HCHS 111 and ENGL 110 are available via dual credit.) **Nursing courses with +L designations include a clinical/lab component.
First Semester (16 credits)
BIOL 238/248LHuman Anatomy and Physiology Lab II4 (3+1L)
NURS 115Nursing Fundamentals8 (7+1L)
HCHS 125Introduction to Pharmacology 3
NURS 110Professional Development1
Second Semester (12 credits)
PSY 220Developmental Psychology3
NURS 130Medical-Surgical Nursing I5 (3+2L)
NURS 131Principals of Mental Health4 (3+1L)
Third Semester (16 credits)
ENGL 120Composition III3
NURS 230Women' Health Nursing4 (3+1L)
NURS 232Pediatric Nursing4 (3+1L)
NURS 234Medical-Surgical Nursing II5 (3+2L)
Fourth Semester (12 credits)
NURS 243Medical-Surgical Nursing III9 (6+3L)
NURS 242LNursing Practicum2 (2L)
NURS 245Professional Seminar1

Program Requirements

  • Completed application received in the Nursing Office by 5pm, on April 30 each year for fall admission consideration. If the 30th falls on a weekend, it is due the following Monday by 5:00pm.
  • Immunizations are required for all health care providers. Documentation will be required in order to go into clinical rotation. MMR, Hepatitis B vaccine, Influenza vaccine, TB screening, and Varicella are all required.

  • Needle Stick insurance coverage is mandatory for students enrolled in the ADN program.  Cost for coverage is $22.00 per semester/per student, and is subject to change. Coverage will start the first day of the semester and end the day before the first day of the next semester. Students will be required to obtain this insurance before any academic-related training will take place.

  • Kaplan Entrance Exam. A minimum score or 68% is required.
  • Letter of intent and current resume.
  • All prerequisite courses completed with a "C" or better.
  • Copy of transcripts.
  • Proof of residency in UNM-Valencia service area if requesting additional selection point consideration.
  • Copy of DD214 if requesting military service selection point consideration.

*Completion of the admission requirements makes the applicant eligible for consideration for admission to the UNM-Valencia Nursing Program. It does not guarantee admission. Students who are selected for admission will be required to submit further materials, including, but not limited to, official transcripts, background check, and immunization records.

Total required (69 credits - 13 prerequisites plus 56 program credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.