LPN Programs in New Mexico

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The US Department of Health and Human Services projects that New Mexico will be short more than 2,000 licensed practical nurses by 2025. While 282 LPN licenses were granted in 2015, more qualified practical nurses will be needed to support the projected demand. Colleges in New Mexico are stepping up by offering quality nursing programs at all levels to prepare future generations of LPNs and RNs. In the following guide, aspiring practical nurses can get information on LPN programs in New Mexico, as well as details regarding state licensure requirements and salary and employment.

Top LPN Programs in New Mexico

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Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Graduation Rate
1 Luna Community College 97.67 $$$$$ 17:1 18%
2 New Mexico Junior College 97 $$$$$ 18:1 25%
3 Clovis Community College 96.67 $$$$$ 19:1 24%
4 Northern New Mexico College 96 $$$$$ 10:1 15%
5 Santa Fe Community College 96 $$$$$ 15:1 11%
6 New Mexico State University – Carlsbad 95.33 $$$$$ 19:1 6%
7 New Mexico State University – Dona Ana 94 $$$$$ 23:1 11%

LPN Programs in New Mexico

Prospective practical nursing students can find LPN programs at large universities such as New Mexico State University and Western New Mexico University, as well as smaller institutions such as Clovis Community College and Luna Community College. To learn more about your options, use the search tool below to browse schools by acceptance rate, number of nursing programs offered, school type, student population, and tuition. You can also choose to see a side-by-side comparison of your top selections by clicking the compare schools button at the top.

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Licensure Requirements for New Mexico LPNs

New Mexico is one of 25 states to honor compact licenses which allows nurses to work outside of their home state without having to go through the approval process. This gives nurses the opportunity to travel and work at the same time and makes the hiring process easier. Find out more about the New Mexico’s licensing process, what education is required and what to do when it’s time to renew a license.

Basic Eligibility

  • Complete an Initial Application
  • Register with 3M Cogent
  • Send it to the Board of Nursing

Education & Training Requirements

In order to obtain a license, LPN applicants must complete a program that has been approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

Additional Requirements for Licensure

  • Submit a $110 fee to the Board
  • Submit fingerprint cards to complete a background check
  • Pass the Pearson VUE NCLEX-PN
  • Prove education by having nursing school transcripts, or certificate of eligibility for graduation, sent to the Board

Renewing Your License

The Board of Nursing renews LPN licenses every two years, which costs $93. Applicants must complete 30 hours of continuing education by the time they’re ready to renew their license.

Salaries for New Mexico LPNs

Depending on where they work, LPNs in New Mexico can make good salaries. Although data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the average salary for New Mexico LPNs is $46,360, specific wages depend on where in the state these professionals work. For more information about the earning potential of nurses in different metropolitan areas, continue reading.

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LPN Employment Trends in New Mexico

According to the 2015 New Mexico Board of Nursing Annual Report, 93% of LPNs are New Mexico residents. From Albuquerque to Farmington, this section breaks down what areas of the state have the most LPN opportunities.

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