New Mexico State University - Carlsbad

Carlsbad, NM 88220
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New Mexico State University-Carlsbad (NMSU Carlsbad) is located in Carlsbad, New Mexico. NMSU Carlsbad was established back in 1950 and currently serves a student population of around 2000. This school has associate's degree and certificate program opportunities that will help to lead students directly into lucrative careers. Many of the certificate programs are short-term career-focused studies. NMSU Carlsbad also has many transfer options, allowing students to continue their educations at four-year universities in the pursuit of bachelor’s degrees.

The NMSU Carlsbad nursing program has two options for students to consider. The practical nursing program will take approximately one year to complete and will allow nursing students to pursue becoming licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The associate’s degree in nursing program takes about two years on average and allows students to pursue careers as registered nurses (RNs). Students can complete one year of the program and exit with LPN eligibility or they can complete the entire two years to work toward RN status. The NMSU Carlsbad nursing program is specifically designed to help teach nurses to function in a variety of different healthcare settings. Students will be fully prepared to take the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN licensure exam upon graduation. This program is approved by the New Mexico State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Rural
Number of Students1,952
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate49%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 0
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 10
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 100%
  • NCLEX-RN: 87.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
08/01/1950 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1990 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$41/credit
In State Students$74/credit
Out of State Students$159/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $1,845 $3,330 $7,155
ADN 70 $2,870 $5,180 $11,130
BSN 125 $5,125 $9,250 $19,875
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 85% of New Mexico State University - Carlsbad's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 46% $4,370
Other Federal Grant 7% $525
State Grant & Scholarships 75% $793
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 25% $1,186
Federal Student Loans 8% $4,657
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$7,077
$30,001 to $48,000$7,529
$48,001 to $75,000$10,460
$75,001 to $110,000$11,978
Over $110,000$12,863

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Relevant scholarships

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New Mexico state board of nursing.
New Mexico State University - Carlsbad
1500 University Drive
Carlsbad, NM 88220

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