New Mexico State University-Alamogordo (NMSU-A, NMSUA) opened its doors for the first students in 1958. It offered night classes at the Alamogordo High School with an objective of offering post-secondary education to military students. Besides offering university-credited education, NMSU-A also offers technical and occupational programs. This two-year community college campus is part of NMSU-Las Cruces. As such, it offers degree programs that are in line with 4-year degree requirement of the mother campus at convenient location and affordable fees.
The Nursing Program at NMSU-Alamogordo
NMSU-A offers an associate degree in nursing program for preparation of registered nurses. For students who wish to take the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), the Pre-nursing certificate program is their choice. It is a non-licensure program for most foundation and general education courses needed to complete upper division nursing courses. As a branch campus of NMSU-Las Cruces, graduates students of the associate program are offered a chance to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Las Cruces. The program associate program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
The Pre-nursing certificate program is a special program designed to enable students to complete non-nursing courses required for associate and bachelor nursing programs. It consists of 51 non-nursing general education courses in sociology, general sciences, math, anatomy & physiology among others.
Most courses in this curriculum are transferable to four year colleges for those wishing to take a BSN degree. Students must note that they do not gain eligible for licensure or to practice nursing. It is also not a requirement to enter the NMSU-A associate nursing program.
Associate in Nursing
This registered nurse track is a limited entry program designed to be completed in 4 semesters of full time study. Candidates must have completed a nursing assistant course and have a current Certified Nurse Assistant certificate. Pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to admission into for the nursing courses. On the other hand, co-requisites may be completed prior to admission or hand-in-hand with the nursing courses. Almost all of the pre-requisites and co-requisite courses can be completed online. Two of the nursing courses also have online scheduling.
In total, students complete 72 credits after which they become eligible to apply and take the NLCEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. They also graduate with a transferable Associate of Science in nursing degree.
NMSU Distance Education
Despite earning a degree that can transfer to most 4-year colleges for a BSN, graduates of the nursing program at NMSU-Alamogordo can take advantage of the distance learning nursing degrees offered by the mother campus: NMSU-Las Cruces. These programs: a BSN and Master of science-Administration degrees can be completed right at Alamogordo.
Specifically, immediate RN graduates can take the 100% online RN to BSN program to earn a baccalaureate nursing degree. NMSU-A also facilitates the distance education MSN program for BSN-prepared students. Programs under the NMSU distance education are also available in all other 2-year branches of Las Cruces including Carlsbad, Dona Ana Community college and Albuquerque.
New Mexico State University Alamogordo
2400 N. Scenic Dr, Alamogordo