August 26, 2020


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403




The Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Associate of Science Nursing Program is ranked number one in the state according to a new 2020 list compiled by

Dr. Shawn Powell, ENMU-Roswell President, expressed his gratitude to the Nursing program staff and faculty. “Thank you for your efforts to ensure nursing students have access to a high quality education and are able to reach their academic and professional goals,” he said. “I reviewed the methodology used in these rankings by Nursing Process and it is great to have the state’s top ranked nursing program on our campus. Your dedication to the field of nursing is greatly appreciated.”

According to information on the website, all nursing programs approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing were thoroughly analyzed. “We then ranked these schools based on indicators we believe are important in defining a nursing student’s preparedness for success in personal and professional life. We have considered only state board-approved nursing schools for our rankings as these schools adhere to strict guidelines and meet high education standards. Our ranking factors look-into every dimension of a nursing school. Mainly, we have captured four broad areas, such as academic quality, NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) exam performance, affordability, and the overall reputation of a school. Among the four areas, academic quality and NCLEX-RN first time pass rates have been given the maximum weightage as both these are clear indicators of college’s academic performance.” ENMU-Roswell’s score is 98.65.

The ranking methodology also included information from accrediting body websites – ACEN and CCNE. Acceptance rates, graduation rates, student to faculty ratios, and retention rates were gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics. NCLEX-RN first time pass rates for each school were collected from the respective State Board of Nursing websites. College rankings, ratings, and student reviews were sourced from U.S. News, Niche, Grad Reports, and Rate My Professors.

“Entering the field of patient care as a registered nurse can be a promising career move, as entry-level nurses are increasingly in demand in the healthcare system,” the website states. “Eastern New Mexico University prepares you for this career with its rigorous RN program that spans across three years. The first-year entails completing pre-requisite courses in human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, and math. The following two years are divided into two levels of the core coursework. The first level aims at developing your clinical reasoning, communication skills, and builds up your medical-surgical nursing knowledge. The second level into the program, you will advance into learning about psychiatric nursing, pediatric and nursing care of women’s maternal newborn and women.”

The Nursing Program at ENMU-Roswell is a two-year course of study, accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Upon completion of the program, students will earn an Associate of Science (AS) degree, and are prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam. For more information about the ENMU-Roswell Nursing program, call 575-624-7460.