Becoming an LPN in New Mexico

The state of New Mexico strives to ensure a higher quality of patient care by promoting proactive leadership, continued education, and mutual respect. Individuals interested in becoming part of the growing community of healthcare workers can become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) by completing state requirements. Per a recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Mexico LPN jobs could increase to as much as 6% per year by 2024, making the state a desirable destination for nurses nation-wide. As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), nurses from other NLC states do not require endorsement for licensing.

 

  • LPN Programs in New Mexico

    ProgramDetails
    Carrington College
    1001 Menaul Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87107
    (505) 634-5236 Visit Homepage
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    Central New Mexico Community College
    525 Buena Vista Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
    (505) 224-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Doña Ana Community College
    2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd, University Park, NM 88003
    (575) 527-7540 Visit Homepage
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    Luna Community College
    366 Luna Drive, Las Vegas, NM 87701
    (505) 454-2500 Visit Homepage
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    New Mexico State University
    1500 University Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220
    (575) 234-9200 Visit Homepage
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    Northern New Mexico College
    921 N Paseo De Onate, Espanola, NM 87532
    (505) 747-2100 Visit Homepage
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    Vista College
    6101 Montana Ave, El Paso, NM 79925
    (915) 779-8031 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • New Mexico LPN Licensing Requirements

    Some of the physical requirements to become an LPN in New Mexico may include strength, including the ability to lift patients, pull and push machinery, and extended periods of standing, squatting, walking, and running. Educational requirements include completing a board-certified LPN program and passing the NCLEX-PN examination.

    In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:

    • Official transcript from approved program directly from the program source.
    • Proof of English competency.
    • Submit a criminal background check.

    Verification Forms and Licensing (http://nmbon.sks.com/Application_for_Licensure.aspx)

    Foreign applicants not only need to submit the items above, but they must also provide a full course review of the attended nursing program from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - http://www.cgfns.org/) with their original transcripts coming directly from the academic source. They must also provide Verification of English Competency.

    New Mexico LPN licenses expire every 2 years and require 30 hours of approved continued education within each 2 year period for renewal.

    Additional NM Nursing Resources

    New Mexico Board of Nursing

    6301 Indian School Road, NE, Suite 710
    Albuquerque, NM 87110
    Phone: (505) 841-8340
    Fax: (505) 841-8347
    http://nmbon.sks.com/

    1. New Mexico Nurses Association (http://www.nmna.org)

  • LPN Salary: New Mexico vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    New Mexico LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of New Mexico was $46,600—more than the national median income of $43,200 for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of New Mexico (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=35&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 6% increase in LPN jobs in New Mexico by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 80 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)

    New Mexico Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in New Mexico. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Albuquerque950$23.03$47,900
    Las Cruces250$22.10$45,970
    Farmington120$22.03$45,830
    Santa Fe100$23.68$49,260