Department of Nursing RN-BSN Online Program
Our accredited online RN to BSN Program at Highlands University is designed for registered nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree. Our program prepares graduates for higher-level nursing positions in patient care, management and community health. Our graduates become leaders in the nursing profession, and nearly half pursue advanced degrees in nursing (i.e. nurse practitioner, nursing education, and nurse midwife).

Our strong partnerships with associate degree nursing programs like the one at Luna Community College make it much easier for students to transition into our BSN Program.

Job Prospects
Earning your BSN is a gateway to a variety of exciting nursing jobs with potential for higher pay. Dr. Peter Buerhaus, a premier researcher on the future of the nursing workforce, predicts that more than half of the nurses in the country will retire within the next 20 years, resulting in a big nursing shortage and high demand for this field within the next decade.

In addition, a new trend evolving in the healthcare profession is that employers are looking for nurses with greater levels of education, giving our BSN graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

Convenient, Affordable Online Instruction
We are geared towards assisting working New Mexico RNs meet their educational goals by offering both full time and part time attendance options. All nursing classes are offered through online instruction, making the dream of completing your BSN achievable. In addition, you are able to complete your clinical training close to home, which provides you the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the health issues facing your community while maximizing your time.  

At Highlands, your education is affordable with our university offering the one of the lowest tuition rates of any four-year college in the western U.S.

Our dedicated nursing faculty is made up of experienced clinicians who are highly educated in the latest developments in the nursing profession. They are committed to helping their students reach their full potential. Meet our faculty.

Admission Requirements
The majority of program prerequisites and general education core must be completed prior to program entry.  Click here

Nursing Program Application
Students interested in attending the RN-BSN program will be required to apply directly to the nursing program in addition to New Mexico Highlands University. Students first need to apply to NMHU as degree seeking undergraduate students for the term they wish to begin the nursing program. After applying to the university, students will receive their NMHU student ID number (@00…), an NMHU student ID number is required to access the nursing program application at nurse.nmhu.edu. The nursing program admits students in fall and spring. All application materials for the Fall class must be received by June 30, and Spring application must be received by October 30.
Transfer Undergraduate Students
To apply as a transfer student, click here.

  • Click on “First Time User Account Creation”
  • Create a Login ID and PIN then click “Login”
  • Select the Application Type:
    • New Freshmen Applicants
    • Transfer Undergraduates
    • Non Degree Undergraduates: This application is intended only for undergraduate students who do not plan on seeking a degree at NMHU. These students are not eligible for financial aid, student loans, or scholarships.

Degree Options
Fall Full Time  | Fall Part Time | Spring Part Time

Student Handbook
Department of Nursing RN-BSN Student Handbook (PDF)


New Mexico Highlands University does not offer a pre-nursing curriculum or a full four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. If you are interested in pursuing a nursing degree which leads to certification as a registered nurse (RN) please check with your local community college or university to learn about the nursing programs they have available.

Recruiter Adviser:
Helene Boudreau
Phone: 505-426-2116
Email: hboudreau@nmhu.edu

Accredited by


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530,
Washington DC 20036, (202)887-6791
website: click here

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