Frequently Asked Questions

Start by setting up an appointment with the Nursing Program Advisor, Tracy Owen at or calling 505-925-8915. She will meet with you to identify courses you might need, and what the entrance requirements are.

The application deadline date to be announced. The applications are reviewed by a selection committee. All applicants will be notified by June. This is a competitive application screening, with 8 available Dual Degree (AASN/BSN) slots and 8 AASN slots.

Qualified applicants are scored by a point structure on the Nursing Centralized Application System (CAS). The Selection and Progression committee meets during the summer to review all applicants, their scores, and make the selection of 16 students. All completed applications are reviewed equally and the process is competitive. It is not a first-come-first serve process. Applicants are notified via letter of acceptance, alternate status, or non-selection by June.

Pre-requisite courses may be completed during the Spring semester, but the grades must be posted before the application deadline date. Prerequisite courses may not be completed during the summer session of the application cycle year for Fall entry. Your official transcripts must be sent to Nursing CAS to be reviewed.

The Nursing Program Advisor, Tracy Owen, is able to review your transcripts to determine which courses transfer or- not. The Nursing Program Director will be consulted for those courses that are in question.

The program is rigorous and you may or may not be able to handle both school and work. Although the course schedule will list your class days, it will not list your clinical and lab times. Those are determined each semester through collaboration with our clinical partners. Classes and clinical experiences are not scheduled around individual work schedules.

You may review the Student Handbook posted on the website.

You may also contact the department at 505-925-8870.

You may contact Sheela Kaufman via email at

Go to the UNM-Valencia Nursing Program Website.