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RN to BSN Degree Completion Option online

At New Mexico's Flagship University, we're committed to quality and equity in health care. Gain a valuable nursing education affordably and conveniently online and prepare to take on leadership roles in institutions and communities across the nation.

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About the Program

100% online nursing degree completion
30 credit hours
7-week courses
$331.67 per credit hour

Student Outcomes

As a graduate of the RN to BSN program, you will have the knowledge to:

  • Engage in lifelong learning to maximize high-quality nursing care through increased understanding of human responses to health and illnesses
  • Apply evidence-based practice in nursing care
  • Provide culturally appropriate, patient-centered nursing care to individuals, families and communities
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to improve the quality of health care
  • Apply leadership principles in varied professional nursing practice roles
  • Apply critical thinking in the development, implementation, and evaluation of standards for professional nursing practice
  • Incorporate appropriate technologic advances into high-quality nursing care


Combining evidence-based practice with the latest technologies, our online degree completion program is identical to the traditional degree—but with the flexibility for you to continue working.

Tuition and program credit hours refer to upper-division nursing courses only. Students must complete general education requirements, along with the nursing courses, for a total of 128 hours, to graduate. General education courses will be determined based on transferable coursework. Please note that not all general education courses are offered online in an accelerated format, contact your UNM RN to BSN advisor for details.

Course Listing For Degree Requirements:

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Duration: 8 or 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on academic writing, research, and argumentation using appropriate genres and technologies.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to human pathophysiology. The course focuses on forming a basic understanding of pathophysiology for nursing students.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a continuation of Pathophysiology I. The course focuses on forming a basic understanding of Pathophysiology for nursing students.

Duration: 8 to 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Techniques for the visual presentation of numerical data, descriptive statistics, introduction to probability and basic probability models used in statistics, introduction to sampling and statistical inference, illustrated by examples from a variety of fields.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

This course focuses on improvement of written communication for nursing professionals. The emphasis is on application of American Psychological Association (APA) style to facilitate written communication for professional nurses. The course is designed to give students a greater understanding of fundamental principles of professional academic writing, as well as basic business communication. Taken concurrently with NURS 302, Advancement of Professional Nursing during the first term/ first seven weeks of RN to BSN Degree Completion track.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course focuses on advancement of professional development and inherent values of nurses in practice. Self-awareness, professional identity, and experiences of diversity and disparities will be explored. Intellectual skills and strategies used by nurses to provide professional nursing standards of care and foundational principles reviewed. Taken concurrently with NURS 301, Professional Communication during the first term/ first seven weeks of RN to BSN Degree Completion track.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the identification of clinical questions, critical appraisal of evidence and translation to nursing practice. Ethical issues associated with health care research are also discussed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the fundamentals of human and molecular genetics. It is designed to give students a basic understanding of genetic/genomic concepts and molecular techniques so that this knowledge can be applied to current and future genetic diagnoses and therapies encountered in nursing practice. Ethical, legal, social and policy issues associated with advances in genetic knowledge and technology are also discussed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Promoting and protecting the health of the public, exploring theoretical bases for community-oriented population nursing practice focusing on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management and control strategies. This course incorporates frameworks of community assessment, epidemiologic, environmental, change, political action, and case-management to guide ethical, culturally competent, evidence-based nursing care delivery to individuals, families, and populations in community settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on nursing roles that address the health needs of vulnerable populations. Selected population groups who have an increased risk for health disparities and models of care delivery and outcomes will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on nursing leadership & management roles within various health care systems' organizational structures. The impact of these roles and their relationship to quality improvement and patient safety will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on relationships among health policy, organizational systems and economics. The course will address how policies influence organizational responses to local, national, and global issues of equity, access and affordability in health care.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the synthesis of knowledge and skills learned throughout the program, and their application in a clinical setting to ensure attainment of the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Last term/Capstone Practicum.

Must be UNM Nursing Courses Numbered 300-499

ADN and previous transferable coursework not utilized in Core.

**UNM Residency Requirement – 30 credit hours must be completed at UNM.


There's no better time to begin your RN to BSN degree than now. We offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you can start when it's most convenient for you.

Program Start Date:

Classes Begin: September 5, 2017

Apply by: August 22, 2017

Pay by: September 5, 2017

Classes Begin: October 30, 2017

Apply by: October 16, 2017

Pay by: October 30, 2017

Tuition & Financial Aid



Total cost for upper division nursing courses


Cost per credit hour


Cost per 3-credit hour course

Additional Fees

Application Fee: $25

New Student Orientation: $25

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UNM's College of Nursing provides financial aid resources specific to undergraduate level nursing students. Loan eligibility requires undergraduate students to be enrolled part-time, with at least 6 credit hours, for the fall, spring or summer term. The FAFSA school code for The University of New Mexico is 002663.

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The state of New Mexico offers the Nursing Student Loan-for-Service Program for those who serve as a nurse in an underserved area or agency.

Learn more about Nursing Loan-for-Service Program »


Please review the admission requirements for the University of New Mexico's online RN to BSN program. UNM's online RN to BSN Program is not available to residents in some states. Please check to make sure the program is available to residents in your state before applying for admission as indicated on the map showing where UNM has approval from State Boards of Nursing to offer online degree programs.


Submit an official transcript from each college/university attended.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.


Achieve at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on all college-level coursework.

Transfer Credits

Applicants must have at least 26 hours of transferable coursework. This will include English Comp III/or equivalent.

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