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The NMNEC statewide common curriculum was approved in 2012 and  implemented in two schools in 2014. Currently (2020), the common pre-licensure RN curriculum has been implemented in twelve schools in sixteen locations bringing stability and quality to the nursing workforce supply.

Degree Options in the NMNEC Curriculum

  | ADN at a community college

  | BSN at a university

  | Co-Enrolled ADN – BSN at a community college in partnership with a university. Universities and Community Colleges have built partnerships to enable co-enrolled students the opportunity to receive their ADN and BSN simultaneously upon graduation.

Additional Pathways

 | LPN Pathway: New Mexico LPNs may enter the NMNEC ADN Curriculum in term two after meeting defined criteria.

| Pathway: ADN-prepared NMNEC RNs may continue their education and pursue their BSN with participating New Mexico RN-to-BSN online programs without duplication of coursework.


| Access and opportunity to enroll in a pre-licensure ADN or BSN program is available in all four quadrants of the state.

 | Students who receive their nursing degree “close to home” most often secure employment in their home communities

 | Significant tuition savings (average of 50%) for co-enrolled ADN-BSN students receiving their BSN education at a community college in partnership with a university

 | Employers have a great sense of the preparation of NMNEC graduates throughout the state

NMNEC Education Model

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NMNEC Programs of Study


NMNEC Common Course Numbers

ADN and BSN courses share common course numbers across NMNEC schools

LPN Admission

For LPNs who want to enter the NMNEC ADN curriculum

RN-BSN Option

For NMNEC ADN graduates who want to complete their BSN

This is a concept-based curriculum producing nurses who are patient-centered, who think critically, and are able to recognize the needs of patients. A conceptually-based curriculum promotes students’ understanding and application of health/illness, participant attribute, and professional nursing concepts in the provision of nursing care.

NMNEC Curriculum Concepts

The concept base for the NMNEC curriculum

NMNEC Graduate Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the NMNEC Program, the student will:

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

(Reaffirmed by the NMNEC Leadership Council 03.11.2021)