New Mexico Nursing License

New Mexico Nursing

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the New Mexico Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 9/6/2013

New Mexico Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$22,970$49,760$63,550 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in New Mexico can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about New Mexico nursing salary.

New Mexico Nursing Scholarships

Below, find opportunities for nursing scholarships in New Mexico. Click on the nursing scholarship’s name to learn more. For additional nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Nursing Scholarships in New MexicoScholarship Amount

Health Professional Loan Repayment Program Up to $25,000/year
Health professional must make a two year service commitment to practice full-time in a designated medical shortage area in New Mexico.

Learn about more financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

Is New Mexico a Nursing Licensure Compact State?Yes

Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in New Mexico. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in New Mexico, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of New Mexico nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in New Mexico, please let us know!


New Mexico Nursing Licensure Renewal

License renewal is required through the New Mexico State Board of Nursing every two years. All nurses must complete 30 continuing education units (CEUs) per renewal period for the registered nurse (R.N.) license; additional CEUs are required for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). All nurses are responsible for competing the renewal requirements for any national certifications held.

Certified Nurse Practitioner in New Mexico

EducationMasters Degree in Nursing
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$100 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications
Certification RequiredNational Certification as a Nurse Practitioner
RenewalEducational requirements include completion of 50 hours of approved continuing education, 30 CEUs to maintain R.N. license, 15 hours of pharmacology, and five units pertinent to CNP’s specialty. A copy of the CNP’s recertification card is also required. A fee of $100 is required per renewal period.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State is Required for Application
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Certified Nurse Specialist in New Mexico

EducationMasters Degree in Nursing
ExaminationNone
Fees$100 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications
Certification RequiredNational Certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist
RenewalEducational requirements include completion of 50 hours of approved continuing education, 30 CEUs to maintain R.N. license, 15 hours of pharmacology, and five units pertinent to CNP’s specialty. A copy of the CNP’s recertification card is also required. A fee of $100 is required per renewal period.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State is Required for Application
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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in New Mexico

EducationMaster’s Degree or Higher from a Nurse Anesthetist Program Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
ExaminationCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Exam from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
Fees$100 Application Fee, $725 Certification Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
Certification RequiredCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from the National Board on the Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
RenewalEducational requirements include completion of 50 hours of approved continuing education, 30 CEUs to maintain R.N. license, 15 hours of pharmacology, and five units pertinent to CNP’s specialty. A copy of the CNP’s recertification card is also required. A fee of $100 is required per renewal period.
Additional InformationAn Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State is Required for Application
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Registered Nurse (RN) in New Mexico

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-RN
Fees$200 Examination Fee; $44 Background Check Fee; $110 Application Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalRenewal fee is $93.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $110 Application Fee and $44 Fingerprinting Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in New Mexico, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to New Mexico.
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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in New Mexico

EducationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-PN
Fees$200 Examination Fee; $44 Background Check Fee; $110 Application Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalRenewal fee is $93.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $110 Application Fee and $44 Fingerprinting Fee. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in New Mexico, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to New Mexico.
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