About Us


The RN to BSN degree program provides a quality learning opportunity that prepares integral nurses who embrace and practice holistic, relationship-centered care that addresses individual and collective health.


The RN to BSN degree program will become regionally recognized as one which provides an innovative opportunity for Registered Nurses to excel in the provision of holistic integral nursing care.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for registered nurses (RN to BSN) is limited to individuals who are licensed as registered nurses (RN) in the U.S. The RN to BSN program prepares RNs to assume leadership roles as an integral nurse at the bedside, within an organization, in the community, and in the profession. The program provides a unique and innovative nursing curriculum that is based upon The Theory of Integral Nursing. With an integrative care focus, this program prepares nurses to provide holistic, intentional, relationship-centered care that addresses individual and collective health.

Applicants seeking admission to the RN-BSN program should be committed to engaging in intentional, caring, reflective practice that involves continuous self-assessment and holistic self-care. As ethical, professional, critical thinkers, students are expected to examine personal beliefs, attitudes, and values, and to engage in authentic dialogue. Students will interact with faculty, students, and clients from diverse backgrounds. Students seeking admission to this program should consider their career focus and personal values in terms of congruence with the theoretical framework of the program.

Faculty in the RN-BSN program view registered nurse students as co-learners and colleagues. Adult learning principles influence teaching and learning strategies. Previous education in preparation for licensure as a registered nurse serves as the foundation for program content. Working students are encouraged to apply to the program. However, because self-care and reflective practice is an integral part of the program, students are encouraged to give attention to time constraints and schedules that would preclude attainment of these objectives.

This program is designed to meet the needs of RNs who have an Associate Degree in Nursing and who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The program requires 120-122 semester hours of credit for graduation. Thirty-four credits of lower division courses, to include nursing courses from an Associate Degree in Nursing program will be applied towards the BSN degree. Students must complete 40 semester hours of required upper division courses. Thirty-two of these upper division courses must be nursing courses. Eight additional credits must be completed from elective courses with an IHS (Integrative Health Studies) or NURS (Nursing) prefix, or other approved upper-division course(s).

The RN-BSN program is offered at the main campus in Española, New Mexico.

The RN to BSN Program at Northern New Mexico College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

How to file a Complaint

The RN to BSN Program defines a formal complaint as any complaint in writing that addresses a programmatic concern. Complaints may be submitted by any interested party, to include but not limited to students, faculty, staff, college administrators, community members, and program graduates.  Formal complaints should be submitted to the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences or the Associate Director of the RN to BSN Program.  The program will investigate the complaint and respond in writing within four weeks.

Ellen Trabka, Dean
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Onate
Española, NM 87532

Dr. Darlene Hess
Associate Director, RN to BSN Program
Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Onate
Española, NM 87532

Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.