October 16, 2019


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 list compiled by RegisteredNursing.org. With a score of 95.62, the ENMU-Roswell Associate of Science Nursing Program is the best program on the list of the 2019 Top Ranked Nursing Schools in New Mexico.

“Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell campus is home to an acclaimed associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) pathway,” the Registered Nursing web site states. “Students complete their first year of requirements, followed by a minimum of 4 semesters of undergrad nursing courses. Ethical, experienced nurse educators form undergraduate nursing philosophy with great care, resulting in strong and responsible graduates who are a credit to their profession.”

“We are honored to have received this recognition,” said Dr. Laurie Jensen, Vice President of Health Education at ENMU-Roswell. “Our faculty and staff work together to best educate our nursing program learners. Nursing faculty use multiple instructional strategies to develop students’ critical thinking skills to incorporate into practice. Our Regional Medical Simulation Center (RMSC) provides nursing students with real-life clinical experiences using high fidelity technology that helps them prepare for practice in the clinical setting. The hard work and dedication of nursing faculty and students is reflected in our successful graduates, many who obtain jobs in Roswell and throughout the State of New Mexico.”

“We are honored to have improved our ranking this year,” said Rachel Conover, Interim Nursing Director. “It takes a team to achieve such a ranking. This includes students, faculty, staff, other health programs, clinical agencies, and administration. Our goal has always been to produce outstanding nurses to serve our community and state. We are fortunate to have a nursing program at ENNU-Roswell to meet the challenging healthcare needs of our population.  In order to meet the needs of our student population, we address all learning styles, and utilize the Regional Medical Simulation Center (RMSC). We promote evidence based practice, clinical reasoning and critical thinking throughout our program. Our graduates exceed expectations and excel in their chosen clinical areas. Employers consistently provide positive feedback regarding our graduates’ work ethic and performance,” Conover said.

“Selecting the best nursing school in New Mexico can be difficult,” the Registered Nursing web site adds. “To make the process easier first look for a school that supports students towards licensure and beyond. A great way to measure this is through NCLEX-RN ‘pass rates.’ We have ranked the top 10 nursing schools in New Mexico by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN ‘pass rates,’ meaning the percentage of graduates who pass the exam, out of the 21 RN programs in the state.” Programs reviewed for the study include schools that offer an Associate in Nursing (ADN/ASN), BSN, or Direct-Entry MSN Degree.

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 575-624-7374.

The mission of Registered Nursing.org is to promote excellence in nursing through enabling future nurses with the tools they need to succeed. For more information on the top nursing school rankings in New Mexico, go to: https://www.registerednursing.org/state/new-mexico/#rankings