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Associate of Science

Program Description

The UNM-Valencia Associate Degree in Nursing program is a competitive-entry program designed to graduate entry-level nurses who are able to promote, restore, and maintain health for individuals, families, and groups within our rural community and globally. The New Mexico Board of Nursing (NMBON) has granted full approval to the UNM-Valencia Nursing Program through August 2022. The UNM Valencia Nursing Program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN) through spring 2022.

Career and educational advancement opportunities

The Nursing program at UNM-Valencia offers a career mobility format that prepares students for beginning Nursing practice in a variety of health care settings. Starting fall 2018, the UNM-Valencia Nursing program is utilizing the statewide New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) curriculum and will admit eight associate degree students and eight dual degree students annually.  Dual degree students will graduate after five semesters in the nursing program with an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.


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

Degree Requirements

Semester 1 (These courses are required for application to the program.) (11 credits)
CHEM 111 **Elements of General Chemistry4
BIOL 123/124L **Biology for Health Related Sciences + Lab4
PSYC 105General Psychology3
**You can use the CHEM 111 or BIOL 123/124L grade for admission GPA, but not both.
Semester 2 (All of these courses except for NURS 239 are required for application to the program.) (12 credits)
BIOL 237 (lab optional)Anatomy and Physiology I3 (1)
PSYC 220Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)3
ENGL 110Composition3
NURS 239Pathophysiology I3
Semester 3 (13 credits)
NURS 202Introduction to Nursing Concepts3
NURS 204LPrinciples of Nursing Practice4
BIOL 238 (lab optional)Anatomy and Physiology II3 (1)
NURS 240Pathophysiology II3
Semester 4 (13 credits)
NURS 251Health and Illness Concepts I3
NURS 203Health Care Participant3
NURS 221LAssessment and Health Promotion4
NURS 238Nursing Pharmacology3
Semester 5 (13 credits)
NURS 252Health and Illness Concepts II3
NURS 291Professional Nursing Concepts3
NURS 222LCare of Patients with Chronic Conditions4
ENGL 120Composition III3
Semester 6 (10 credits)
NURS 253Health and Illness Concepts III4
NURS 258LClinical Intensive I4
NURS 219ADN Capstone2

Program Requirements

  • The application process will be on-line through NursingCAS. 50% of total is based on the Kaplan entrance exam (68% or above is required); 40% is based on specified prerequisite GPA; and 10% is based on local residency, twelve or more prerequisite credits taken at UNM-Valencia, Anatomy and Physiology I optional lab taken, and veteran status. 
  • All pre-requisite courses completed with a “C” or better and cumulative GPA in prerequisite courses of 2.75 or greater
  • Official transcripts will be submitted on-line at time of application
  • 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, background check and immunization records.

Total required (72 credits *) *2 additional optional Anatomy and Physiology labs