New Mexico State University

Nursing - Multiple Concentrations (See Description)

Department Website schoolofnursing.nmsu.edu

Nursing Administration Focus - The MSN in Nursing Administration is designed to prepare students for executive level positions in diverse health care organizations. This focus includes course work in organizational leadership, financial and human resources management including clinical practicum. Graduates of this program are able to meet the increased need for nursing administrators in current and future health care systems. Students come to campus once per year but can complete most of the didactic coursework online. Students can work with a preceptor in their local area for the final practicum.

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, DNP – Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses are found in all areas of health care. They practice in primary care (that is family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, prisons, home health care, hospitals), as well in outpatient and other subspecialties. FPMH NPs receive a holistic education in health care and specialize in psychiatric and mental health care. Their education is ongoing after graduation through continuing education requirements and continual interaction with other health care providers.

Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, DNP - The focus of the adult-gerontology primary care NP is to provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population. The adult-gerontology primary care NP applies evidence in practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes. The patient population of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP practice includes young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors), adults, and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults). Preparation of the graduate includes preparation across the entire adult-older adult age spectrum.

Public/Community Health, DNP - The DNP in Public/Community health prepares graduates to develop programs and policies aimed at improving or protecting the health of populations. Examples of advanced public health nursing positions are:

The Post MSN to DNP track is for those who wish to obtain the DNP who already have a Master’s degree in Nursing and possess “current” national certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner. Post MSN to DNP applicants may have certification in any of the “advanced practice specialties.”

Time for completion of degree

The approximate length of time to complete the BSN to DNP is three years – courses are offered year round. Only full-time enrollment is accepted.

The approximate length of time to complete the MSN to DNP is 5 continuous semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer and Fall). Full and Part-time options are available for post-MSN to DNP.

Note: Those who need to drop from the program must reapply for the next cohort in that major. Students who wish to drop from one focal area and switch to another focal area must “re-apply” for that major.

See the School of Nursing website for current application information including the application process, needed documentation, and specific criteria for admission for the BSN to DNP and the MSN to DNP. 

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Dr. Teresa Keller
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
School of Nursing, MSC 3185
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-4370
tkeller@nmsu.edu 

Karen Pech, Academic Advisor
School of Nursing, MSC 3185
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-7770
kpech@nmsu.edu

Degrees Available