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The UNM-Gallup Nursing Program opened in March 2002 with full approval of the New Mexico Board of Nursing. Classes have graduated twice a year since the first class of thirteen graduated in December 2003. Students who graduate from the Associate Degree in Nursing (AND) program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and become registered nurses. The program continues to operate under the authority of the New Mexico Board of Nursing and currently has full approval through July, 2019. The nursing education program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) until Spring 2019.


UNM-Gallup Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Nursing student

Disclaimer: The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will be adopting a new curriculum by Fall 2017; requirements may change, please check with your Nursing advisor

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UNM-Gallup nursing program is an Associate Degree program with full approval from the New Mexico Board of Nursing through July 2019. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national exam (NCLEX-RN) for RN licensure. Up to 28 qualified students are accepted into the program in January and August. Applications are accepted in the nursing department until the last Friday in October and May for admission the following semester. Prerequisites are to be completed at the time of application. An admission exam is administered to all applicants and admission is based on prerequisite grades as well as performance on the entrance exam. The nursing program consists of four semesters of nursing courses.


UNM-Gallup Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) has been granted programmatic accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through 2019.

Graduation Photos - Pinning Ceremony 2015

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Current Students

Documents ready to download

Nursing Handbook

Review the UNM-Gallup Student Nurse Handbook

Book List

Find the Spring 2016 Nursing Book List organized by Semesters.

Program of Study

Suggested sequence of courses by semester on the Nursing Program

Grad Checklist

Check out the Nursing Graduation Checklist

IHS Scholarship Applicants

The Nursing Department will gladly write a supporting letter to attach with your IHS scholarship application. In order for us to complete this task, please complete the Letter Request Form document and email it, fax it , or hand deliver to our office. thackert@unm.edu or 505-726-6307. UNM Nursing Letter Request Form

Employment Opportunities

Nursing students who pass the NCLEX exam and become a Registered Nurse (RN) have a very high success rate at finding gainful employment quickly. An RN can find work in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, hospice, correctional facility, school setting, and even cruise ships. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there will be 22% more nursing jobs by 2018.

Starting Salaries

In this region, ~$40,000.

Future Students

Documents ready to download

Application for Admission

Coming soon Fall 2017!

Nurse Selection Tool

UNM-Gallup Nursing Program Selection Tool

Info Session Schedule

Coming soon Fall 2017!

Nursing FAQs

Questions? Review the Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Important Announcement

If you need to speak with a nursing advisor, please make an appointment with Eunice Harrison, Nursing Administrative Assistant, before coming to the office.(505-863-7514)
The Nursing department will gladly accommodate students who have an appointment.

Why Nursing?

Why Nursing at UNM-Gallup?

UNM-Gallup offers a comprehensive nursing curriculum that aligns with NMNEC (New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium) standards in an intimate learning environment. Students progress through the four semester program in learning cohorts. A small faculty to student ratio ensures that each student gets individualized academic attention to ensure that they complete the program successfully.

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What will you learn?

The graduate of the nursing program will:

  1. Use caring practices to promote health and healing.
  2. Provide individualized care that recognizes diversity in a variety of settings.
  3. Demonstrate therapeutic communication in the provision of patient, family and community care as well as effective interprofessional communication.
  4. Use critical thinking and nursing process as a framework to provide safe and effective care for the patient, family and community.
  5. Integrate evidence and research findings into practice, including ethical and legal aspects of health care.
  6. Display professional behavior, including a commitment to lifelong learning.

Faculty & Staff

Contact us. We are here to help.

Kathy Head

Kathy Head, RN MSN

Nursing Director

(505) 863.77.12
GNCC 144

Eunice Harrison

Eunice Harrison

Administrative Assistant

(505) 863.75.14
GNCC 144

Tonya Thacker

Tonya Thacker

Sr. Student Success

(505) 863.75.99
GNCC 152

Shawnadine Becenti

Shawnadine Becenti, RN MSN


(505) 863.77.52
GNCC 148

Kelly Schukar

Kelly Schukar, RN, MSN


(505) 726.63.00
GNCC 150

Sabrina Ezzell

Sabrina Ezzell, MSN, RN, CNE


(505) 863.75.70
GNCC 146

Smita Rashid

Smita Rashid, RN, MSN


(505) 863.75.17
GNCC 158

Anne Galanis

Anne Galanis, RN, MSJ


(505) 863.75.14
GNCC 152

Cecille Perales

Sally Vink, RN, MSN


(505) 863.75.14
GNCC 158