Application Process

Dear Prospective RN-BSN Nursing Student,

Thank you for your interest in Northern's relatively new and innovative RN to BSN Program for Registered Nurses.

Download the RN to BSN Application Packet here for academic year 2017-2018. Included in this packet is:

  • a step-by-step guide to the application process,
  • a comprehensive description of the RN to BSN Program,
  • an outline of the Program curriculum, and
  • estimated costs.

Please call Ellen Trabka at 505.747.2209 to schedule your RN to BSN advisement appointment. For Financial Aid information, please call (505) 747.2128.

Required Steps for Admission to the RN to BSN Program

  • Application to the RN to BSN Program is different from application to Northern New Mexico College. Nursing applicants must achieve “Regular” admission to Northern to be considered for the RN to BSN Program. Directions for college admission are located in the school catalog and on Northern’s website ( and must be completed through the admissions office. Official admission to Northern does not guarantee admission to the RN to BSN Program, but failure to meet this requirement will eliminate you from consideration for acceptance into the RN to BSN Program
  • Request that official transcripts from all schools, colleges and universities that you have attended be sent to the Office of Admissions.
  • Request an official “Transcript Evaluation” through the Admissions Office for the RN to BSN degree
  • Fill out the one page “Application Form” for the RN to BSN Program and submit it to the College of Nursing & Health Sciences or mail it as shown at the bottom of the form
  • Make an appointment for advisement with Ellen Trabka, Dean of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences (505.747.2209;

Prerequisites required for entry in the RN to BSN Program

  • Student must hold a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in New Mexico or compact state
  • Student must have completed an approved Associate Degree in Nursing or a Nursing Diploma Program

Transfer of credit

  • Graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Programs may transfer lower-division credits earned from a regionally accredited college or university to NNMC. Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admission, which will evaluate and accept coursework
  • Credit earned in a nursing diploma program will be evaluated on an individual basis
  • Graduates of foreign programs who can demonstrate competency through the National League for Nursing (NLN) mobility exam will be eligible to transfer 34 credits.

Once accepted into the Program, students are expected to be proficient in computer skills such as Internet research, word processing, and email.

Clinical requirements

Upon admission to the program, students will be required to provide evidence of immunizations, a criminal background check, and a drug screen.

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