Eastern New Mexico University Nursing School Review

Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) opened doors for its first students in 1934 as ENM Junior College offering 2-year degrees in business and education. In 1939, the college started offering 4-year degrees and was renamed ENM College before gaining university status in 1955. The university operates from its 4-year main campus in Portales, and its 2-year satellite campuses in Ruidoso and Roswell. It is a Hispanic-serving institution with a relatively large high percent of students being of Hispanic origin.

Nursing Programs at Eastern New Mexico University

ENMU-Portales offers 2 nursing distinct nursing tracks leading to registered nurse. The first program is a cooperative program between ENMU and Clovis Community College. The other track is a registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) completion track for RN offered independently by ENMU. Both programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing.

ENMU/Clovis Community College (CCC)Pre-Nursing

This program is offered as a collaborative effort between CCC and ENMU. This collaboration can be attributed to the fact that CCC had been initially established as satellite campus of ENMU before it broke–off to become an independent college.

The program at Clovis is a 2-year associate degree program meant to prepare both licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. It is a career mobility program that consists of two levels I and II. As part of the program plan, students can complete the first portion of the mobility plan by completing 51 credits: 18 of nursing courses and 33 of general education and science courses. Students can opt to exit the program and take the NLCEX-PN exam to become licensed practical nurses.

On the other hand, students can decide to continue with the second portion of the by competing another 21 nursing credits. As such, they become eligible to take the NLCEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. All these courses from Clovis can be completed while students are living and using facilities at ENMU. This program culminates into students being awarded an associate of science in nursing degree.

BSN Completion Program

The BSN completion is a 100% online program designed as a completion option for RN graduates of CCC and other RN from 2-year degree or diploma programs. Students who start as freshmen from the cooperative associate program at Clovis are given first preference over other applicants.  Prior to admission, all candidates must be in possession of a valid RN license in New Mexico. Besides Clovis, ENMU also has special articulation agreements for the BSN program with Pima Community College.

Upon admission, students complete 46 upper-division nursing credits through the ENMU online learning mode.  These are distributed between the junior and senior years at ENMU. Any outstanding general education and elective courses must also be completed to reach the graduation requirements of 128 credits. Generally, all students finish the BSN program within three years with a self-paced online learning mode.

Scholarships for Nursing Students at ENMU

Students at ENMU can apply for the following nursing scholarships available for ENMU students:

  • Laurie, Kurt, Kaaren and Travis Mahan Endowed Scholarship
  • Sharon Farris-Stern Scholarship
  • Eleanor Shields Williamson Scholarship in Nursing
  • Plains Regional Medical Center Scholarship
  • Dabbs Merit Endowed Scholarship
  • Marsha Dean Kelly and Sylvia Delores Akins Memorial Scholarship

Eastern New Mexico University
1500 S. Avenue, Portales
NM 88130