Approval & Accreditation

The New Mexico Board of Nursing currently requires Board approval for pre-licensure nursing programs. The definition of Board approval for nursing programs is an “official or formal consent, confirmation or sanction”.

Pre-licensure nursing programs approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing must receive national nursing accreditation within two years of graduation of the first class.

Board Approval

In New Mexico, all nursing programs need to attain and maintain approval by the New Mexico Board of Nursing (NMBON). This indicates the nursing program has met the minimum requirements approved by the NMBON and is in good standing with the NMBON.  The successful graduates of an NM Board approved program are eligible to take their NM state board exams known as the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). If the graduate passes the NCLEX, then they are eligible to become licensed and practice in New Mexico as either a Practical Nurse (PN) or a Registered Nurse (RN).

National Nursing Accreditation

National nursing accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process that focuses on strengthening education quality by meeting and maintaining nationally recognized standards. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is an organization that accredits nursing programs. The ACEN accredits diploma programs, practical nurse programs, associate programs, bachelor’s, and master’s programs. Another national nursing accrediting agency is the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This agency focuses on baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. Another national nursing accreditation organization is the NLN CNEA. The National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), accredits programs across the academic spectrum, including practical/vocational, diploma (RN), associate, bachelor, master’s, clinical doctorate, post-graduate certificate, and distance learning programs.

National Nursing Accrediting Bodies:

Institutional Accreditation

The parent higher education institution of the nursing program must also be accredited. The accreditation impacts the nursing student’s ability to receive financial aid and transfer credits to other educational institutions.

Board Approved Programs

List of pre-licensure nursing programs and approval statuses