Freshman Honors Direct-Entry Pre-Licensure BSN

This is a unique opportunity for academically motivated students with a goal to pursue graduate studies in nursing upon completion of their undergraduate program. Select applicants will be admitted as freshmen to both the College of Nursing and UNM Honors College, taking classes at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque Campus. All freshman year and first semester sophomore classes must be successfully completed prior to the start of Level 1 nursing courses.

Students will begin Level 1 nursing courses in the Fall term following their admission. The BSN Pre-Licensure option prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam with the New Mexico State Board of Nursing upon completion of all program requirements.

During their undergraduate studies, students will develop their areas of interest for progression to advanced studies in nursing, including MSN, DNP and PhD degree programs.

What to Expect During Your Education

  • Three consecutive terms, including summer, of College of Nursing and Honors College prerequisites.
  • Maintenance of cumulative 3.2 GPA during your freshman terms.
  • Five consecutive terms, including summers, of College of Nursing courses (Levels 1-5).
  • Successful completion of six credits of Nursing Honors courses (NURS 498 and 499).
  • Successful completion of at least nine (9) credits of Honors College courses in addition to NURS 498 and 499.
  • Coursework at the UNM College of Nursing Albuquerque campus.
  • Experiential clinical courses in a hospital or clinical setting.
  • Completion of HESI A2 exam prior to beginning Nursing Level 1.

Minimum Criteria for Acceptance

  • Have academic credit (via Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, etc.) for:
    • Biology (equivalent to BIOL 1140/1140L or higher) or Chemistry (equivalent to 1120C or higher)
    • Introduction to Psychology 1110
  • Be eligible to take first semester of Freshman year:
    • Introduction to Statistics Math 1350
    • English Composition II 1120
    • Human Nutrition
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5
  • Minimums exam scores of: ACT 28 composite or SAT 1320 composite
  • Acceptance to the UNM Honors College.

Student Objectives

  • Engage in professional nursing practice that is patient-centered and culturally appropriate for individuals, families and communities.
  • Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety into nursing practice within health care organizations and systems.
  • Deliver nursing care that is evidence-based.
  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors through the application of policies that apply to health care delivery.
  • Engage in effective interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of health care for quality patient outcomes.
  • Use technologies for the management of information and delivery of patient care.