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Associate Degree in Nursing

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 (ADN) 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

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 24 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.

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

ACEN Contact Information

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Current Students

Documents ready to download

Nursing Handbook

Current Students
Nursing Student Handbook

Book List

Find the Fall 2018 Nursing Book List organized by Semesters.

Program of Study

Suggested sequence of courses by semester in the Nursing Program.

Grad Checklist

Check out the Nursing Graduation Checklist

Letter Request

Download the UNM Nursing 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


Check out this Powerpoint Slide Show to get a better idea about applying to our program.
Admission to UNM-G Nursing Program

Nursing Program Selection Tool

ADN Selection Tool

2017 NMNEC Program of Study

ADN Curriculum Checklist

Nursing Program Selection Tool

BSN Selection Tool

2017 NMNEC Program of Study

BSN Curriculum Checklist

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.

Nursing Students

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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.

Sabrina Ezzell

Sabrina Ezzell, MSN, RN, CNE

Nursing Director

(505) 863-7570
GNCC 144

Tonya Thacker

Tonya Thacker

Student Success Specialist

(505) 863-7599
GNCC 142

Shawnadine Becenti

Shawnadine Becenti, MSN, RN


(505) 863-7752
GNCC 148

Smita Rashid

Smita Rashid, MSN, RN, FNP


(505) 863-7517
GNCC 158

Kelly Schukar

Kelly Schukar, MSN, RN


(505) 726-6300
GNCC 150

Cecille Perales

Cecille Perales, MSN, RN, CNN


(505) 863-7667

Jonathan Lumibao

Jonathan Lumibao, MSN, RN


(505) 863-7669
GNCC 154


UNMG ADN Student Achievement Data
  2017 2016
NCLEX-RN 1st attempt pass rates @ UNMG 85.71% 75%
NCLEX-RN 1st attempt pass rates, national ADN performance 85.37% 81.68%
Program completion 6 semesters
6 semesters
Employment rate of students passing NCLEX 95% 100%

Fall 2017 Graduation

See more UNM-Gallup ADN pictures:

- Spring 2017 Pinning

- Nursing Graduation 2016

- Nursing Pinning Ceremony 2015