Nursing Schools in New Mexico

There are 28 nursing schools in New Mexico. This year, we evaluated 17 schools NCLEX pass rates and net prices, and our ranking system identified the following schools as the best value schools.

The calculation we used here takes into account a school's NCLEX pass rate and the net price of attendance for a student who received the average amount of financial aid. The higher the NCLEX pass rate of the program, and the lower the cost, the better the return on investment.

Learn more about our nursing schools ranking methodology here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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Nursing Schools Best-Value Rankings


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Central New Mexico Community College
Albuquerque, NM
Central New Mexico Community College
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$4,585
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 81.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 100.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This community college serves the metropolitan area of Albuquerque and it was formerly known as the Albuquerque Technical Institute. It was established back in 1964 and it serves over 35,000 students currently. ...

Programs offered

  • LPN - closed in 2013
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
  • CNA
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Luna Community College
Las Vegas, NM
Luna Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$5,025
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 79.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 83.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 99.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 100.0

Luna Community College (LCC) is located in Las Vegas, New Mexico. LCC was established back in 1969 and was originally known as the Luna Area Vocational Technical School. LCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and it offers more than 35 associate’s degree and vocational ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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San Juan College
Farmington, NM
San Juan College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,018
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 98.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 97.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

San Juan College (SJC) is located in Farmington, New Mexico. SJC was established back in 1956 and it now serves over 15,000 students. This community college offers hundreds of different degree and certificate programs as well as a renowned dual credit program that allows some high school ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • CNA
  • BSN
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Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus
Roswell, NM
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,231
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 96.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus is located in Roswell, New Mexico and was established back in 1958. This branch of the Eastern New Mexico University offers many different, affordable academic opportunities including more than 80 associate’s degrees or certificates. Students ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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University of New Mexico - Taos Campus
Ranchos de Taos, NM
University of New Mexico - Taos Campus
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,725
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 100.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 96.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

University of New Mexico - Taos Campus (UNM-T) is located in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. UNM-T became a branch campus of the University of New Mexico back in 2003. It has gained a reputation as a great school for students in the community who are seeking robust academic opportunities. UNM-T ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • CNA
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Northern New Mexico College
Espanola, NM
Northern New Mexico College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$6,891
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 87.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 83.3%
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score 74.7

Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) is located in Espanola, New Mexico. This public college was founded all the way back in 1909 in order to help educate Spanish-speaking members of the community and it currently serves over 1000 students. The school still primarily serves rural communities and ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
  • BSN
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New Mexico Junior College
Hobbs, NM
New Mexico Junior College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,626
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 91.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

New Mexico Junior College (NJMC) is located in Hobbs, New Mexico. NMJC was established in 1965 and it enrolls over 3000 students each semester on average. This school is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers students the opportunity to pursue various associate’s ...

Programs offered

  • LPN - closed
  • ADN
  • BSN
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University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus
Gallup, NM
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,505
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus (UNM-G) is located in Gallup, New Mexico. UNM-G was chartered as a community college more than four decades ago now. This school has always aimed to satisfy the diverse educational needs of the community with associate’s degree options, technical ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • CNA
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Clovis Community College
Clovis, NM
Clovis Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,022
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 82.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 97.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score 76.9

Clovis Community College (CCC) is located in Clovis, New Mexico on a rural campus with more than 100 acres of space. Clovis was established back in 1991 and it is known for working closely with Eastern New Mexico University to provide further educational opportunities for students. It currently ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Navajo Technical University
Crownpoint, NM
Navajo Technical University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$6,045
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 37.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 92.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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New Mexico State University - Carlsbad
Carlsbad, NM
New Mexico State University - Carlsbad
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,818
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 87.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 91.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 57.1

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 ...

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,700
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 75.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 89.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN
  • CNA
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University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Albuquerque, NM
University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$11,283
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 90.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 86.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

The University of New Mexico-Main Campus is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is part of the University of New Mexico System, along with four other campuses. The university was founded in 1880 in Albuquerque. The campus now includes over 600 acres of land about a mile east of ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM
Western New Mexico University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$12,500
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 75.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 80.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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Carrington College-Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM
Carrington College-Albuquerque
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$20,400
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 65.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Private
Net price$17,829
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 60.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 59.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Brookline College-Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM
Brookline College-Albuquerque
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$27,600
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 94.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 54.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Anamarc College - Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa, NM
Anamarc College - Santa Teresa
Student Population
College Type 2-year Public
Net price--
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
Portales, NM
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$9,830
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN
  • BSN
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National American University-Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM
National American University-Albuquerque
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price--
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
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New Mexico Highlands University
Las Vegas, NM
New Mexico Highlands University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$12,538
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
Alamogordo, NM
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,568
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN - closed in 2014
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New Mexico State University - Doña Ana Community College
Las Cruces, NM
New Mexico State University - Doña Ana Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,441
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • BSN
  • LPN
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New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Las Cruces, NM
New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$9,449
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • PhD
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University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus
Los Lunas, NM
University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$6,408
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Career Enrichment Center
Northeast Albuquerque, NM
Career Enrichment Center

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Dona Ana Community College
Las Cruces, NM
Dona Ana Community College

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Vista College
Las Cruces, NM
Vista College

Programs offered

  • LPN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following schools are closed permanently.

ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque (Closed in 2016)
ADN
Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque (Closed in 2017)
ADN

New Mexico's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


New Mexico's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


New Mexico Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 16,290 20.333 $33 $69,570
Nurse Anesthetists 40 0.045 $87 $180,970
Nurse Midwives 100 0.127 $50 $104,170
Nurse Practitioners 960 1.200 $52 $108,430
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 2,140 2.672 $23 $48,170
Nursing Assistants 6,190 7.731 $13 $26,160
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey