New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Certification
Nurse practitioners in New Mexico are licensed RNs who have completed additional educational programs at the graduate level and have accrued many hours of clinical training. The New Mexico State Board of Nursing regulates New Mexico NPs.
New Mexico NPs provide health care for all types of illness and disease in patients of all ages, depending on the area of certification. They perform physical examinations; order tests and x-rays; diagnose and treat health problems; prescribe and administer mediations; and counsel patients regarding health management, maintenance, and promotion. They also offer referrals or consultations and may provide end-of-life care.
NPs work in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, physician’s offices, or health centers. They often work independently and may be the only healthcare provider available in a rural area. Areas of specialty include family, adult, acute care, pediatrics, women's health, geriatric medicine, psychiatry, oncology, women's health, and more. To become certified as a nurse practitioner in New Mexico, you must have a bachelor’s degree and hold a current RN license in New Mexico or in a compact state. Next, you must complete nursing education at a graduate level. This program is usually a master’s-level program, but post-master’s is also acceptable. Your program must be a minimum of 1 year in duration, with one-third of the hours taking place in the classroom and two-thirds taking place in a clinical setting under the supervision of a licensed physician or NP. Your program must also include 24 hours of pharmacology.
Some schools in New Mexico that offer graduate level programs for NPs are the: University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and University of Phoenix. Because New Mexico is largely rural, many students opt to earn their degrees from an online school. Approved online programs are equivalent to campus-based programs. Faculties of online schools arrange clinical sites in the local area of students, so that students can fulfill the clinical component of the program. Some of the online programs are provided by: Drexel University, Kaplan University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Grantham University, and University of Cincinnati. If you are interested in studying online, check with the New Mexico Board of Nursing for a list of approved online schools.
After you have earned your advanced degree, you must take an examination and become certified in your area of concentration by a national certifying body, such as the ANCC, AANP, AACN, NCC, or PNCB. Check with the New Mexico Board of Nursing at http://www.bon.state.nm.us/index.php to find out which certifying body you must use. If you wish to have prescribing authority, you will need to submit a separate application.
Nurse practitioners in New Mexico earn, on average, $88,000 per year. Rates for salaries vary depending on a number of factors including experience, education, specialty, location, and employer.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014