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Yes. Whether you learn in person or online, you will receive the same top-notch education from experienced, attentive faculty.

Textbooks are not included in the total tuition cost. Find out more about tuition and aid.

You may incur costs beyond tuition, such as textbooks, supplies and other fees. Consider these expenses as you budget for your education.

You should expect additional costs for textbooks and supplies. You can learn more about all costs on our tuition page.

For students without a business background, BUSA 5000 is required.

Yes. We will work with you to ensure your success if deployed.

The online MSN–FNP degree is designed for working professionals with busy lives. If something interrupts your normal course of study, you can take a break for one semester and re-enter the program with permission from your advisor. If you leave the program for two semesters, you will have to re-apply.

Yes. Online students are part of the Highlands University family and always welcome on campus.

Yes. Our programs were designed with working adults in mind. Contact us to find out more.

Yes. Dependents and spouses qualify for benefits.

No, at this time we do not accept international applicants for our online programs.

Yes. Most of our programs feature transfer credit policies to help you graduate quickly and efficiently. Find your program of interest.

Yes. We currently offer three types of payment plans. Contact us to learn more.

Yes. Contact us for more information.

Yes. We offer some of our most popular programs online. Explore online programs at Highlands University.

This varies by program. To find out more, explore your program of interest.

No, this program does not follow a cohort model. You may take courses in the order you choose as long as prerequisites are met.

This program is designed for maximum flexibility and may be taken full-time in a flexible online format. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The online program is designed for working adults and can be completed on a part-time schedule. To learn more about the courses you’ll take, view our curriculum page.

This program does not include a residency requirement. You can learn from anywhere and complete your studies in a flexible online format.

This program does not include concentrations, specializations or tracks. However, you will choose an elective that aligns with your interests and professional goals.

Currently, scholarships are not available specifically for this program. Please consider the following options for funding your degree:

  • Complete the FAFSA® to determine financial aid eligibility. Highland University’s FAFSA® code is 002653.
  • Apply for a loan.
  • Military students qualify for in-state tuition rates and various grants and scholarships.
  • Many employers offer tuition reimbursement, encouraging their employees to advance their careers and gain vital skills.

No entrance exams are required for admission. You can access complete requirements on the admissions page.

Prior work experience is not required for admission to this program, but it is preferred that applicants be fully employed in the area of public safety, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire departments or similar disciplines. Learn more about our admissions policy.

No, the BAS in General Business degree does not follow a cohort model. You may take courses in the order you choose as long as prerequisites are met.

This program is designed for maximum flexibility and may be taken full-time in a flexible online format. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The online program is designed for working adults and can be completed on a part-time schedule. To learn more about the courses you’ll take, view our curriculum page.

This program does not include concentrations. However, the customizable nature of the curriculum allows you to specialize your studies by choosing nine electives that align with your interests and professional goals.

Currently, scholarships are not available specifically for this program. Please consider the following options for funding your degree:

  • Complete the FAFSA® to determine financial aid eligibility. Highland University’s FAFSA® code is 002653.
  • Apply for a Sallie Mae loan.
  • Military students qualify for in-state tuition rates and various grants and scholarships.
  • Many employers offer tuition reimbursement, encouraging their employees to advance their careers and gain vital skills.

No entrance exams are required for admission. You can access complete requirements on the admissions page.

No prior work experience is required for admission to this program. Learn more about our admissions policy.

Yes. We offer two concentrations: entrepreneurship and healthcare administration.

Yes. We will accept up to six graduate transfer credits with program director approval.

No work experience is required. Find out more about admissions requirements.

Yes. The flexible program can be completed at a full-time or part-time pace.

No. The program is entirely online.

No. Our program does not require an entrance exam.

Yes, the online MSN–FNP degree accepts up to six transfer credits for the following courses: Health Assessment & Diagnostics, Reason & Lab, Evidence-Based Practice, Pharmacotherapeutics and Advance Pathophysiology. You can learn more about this policy on our admissions page.

Yes, the online MSN–FNP has a residency that consists of 225 clinical hours performed under the supervision of a clinical preceptor along with New Mexico Highlands faculty.

Yes. The flexible program can be completed at a full-time or part-time pace. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Yes, the online MSN–FNP program offers an optional cognate concentration for students seeking to gain skills in specialty care. For more information, visit the courses page or contact us at 855-985-0689.

New Mexico residents may receive stipends from the state legislature to complete this program. For more information, contact our financial aid office at 1-800-379-4038 or contact us online.

No, there are no entrance exams required. You can learn more about the requirements for this program on our admissions page.

The online MSN–FNP program does not require a minimum amount of work experience, but applicants must hold a current, unencumbered state RN license for admission.

Yes, the online MSN–FNP program follows a cohort model. This allows you to build deeper relationships with peers and faculty, expanding your network, support system and career opportunities.

The Online MSW program does not accept transfer credits.

Yes. What is a Cohort? An academic cohort is a specific group of students who progress through the same program together, take the same courses with each other, and finish their degree at the same time – which contrasts with standard programs where students take courses independently from each other and work with a different group of students each semester. The advantages of a cohort model include a smaller, more cohesive, and supportive class environment as well as the opportunity to network with fellow classmates.

Yes. The program can be completed in two years at a full-time pace or three years at a part-time pace.

No work experience is required. Find out more about admissions requirements.

No entrance exam is required for the program. Find out more about admissions requirements.

You will receive 95 credits for your required associate degree and valid RN license when you enroll. Nursing students who have earned an RN from a New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) partner school may transfer up to nine required NMNEC-approved nursing credits into the NMHU RN-BSN program. Contact us to find out more.

No. The program is entirely online.

Yes. The flexible program can be completed at a full-time or part-time pace.

No work experience is required. Find out more about admissions requirements.

Many students pay for school with a combination of scholarships, loans and payment plans. Find out more about tuition and aid.

Many students pay for school with a combination of scholarships, loans and payment plans. Here are a few steps you can take to get started:

The first step is to start your application.

The first step is to start your application.

You’ll need a completed online application, along with other materials such as transcripts. Find out more about applying to New Mexico Highlands.

The first step is to start your application.

You’ll need a completed online application, along with additional materials such as transcripts, answers to five in-depth questions, and a copy of your resume or CV. Find out more about applying to New Mexico Highlands.

You’ll need a completed online application, along with other materials such as transcripts and a copy of your valid, unencumbered RN license. Find out more about applying to New Mexico Highlands.

You can complete the program in 24 months. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

You can complete the program in as little as 21 months. Most students finish in 21 months. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The program can be completed in as few as 12 months.

You can complete the program in just two years. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

At a full-time pace, the program can be completed in just two years.

The program can be completed in 14 months.

This degree is designed for working professionals with busy lives, so you can take up to three years to complete your program. Most students finish in 24 months. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The BAS in General Business degree is designed for working professionals with busy lives, so you can take up to three years to complete your program. Most students finish in 21 months. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The application itself only takes a matter of minutes. Gathering documents and completing essays may take additional time. We typically review applications within 24-48 hours.

The program has been offered online since 1998.

The program has been available online since the summer of 2008.

There are no clinical or field hours required to complete the degree. You’ll complete your studies completely online.

There are 720 clinical hours required to complete the online MSN–FNP degree. This includes hours completed in three clinical practicums and one residency.

You’ll complete 15 courses to earn the BA in Organizational Leadership in Public Safety degree. The curriculum includes 14 core courses and one elective. You can learn more about coursework on the program page.

You’ll complete 20 courses to earn the BAS in General Business degree. The curriculum includes 11 core courses and nine electives. You can learn more about coursework on the program page.

There are 12 courses in the program, offered in eight-week terms. Explore the curriculum.

You’ll complete 18 core courses to earn the online MSN–FNP degree. Your total number of courses will increase if you choose to add the optional cognate concentration. You can learn more about coursework for the online MSN–FNP degree at New Mexico Highlands University on the courses page.

There are 19 core courses and four focus courses in the program. Learn more about our curriculum.

There are 11 core courses in the program, offered in eight-week terms. Explore the curriculum.

This program consists of 45 credits. Students in the BA in Organizational Leadership in Public Safety program must have 30 transfer credits and will complete their bachelor’s degree at New Mexico Highlands. You can review courses now.

This program consists of 60 credits. Students in the BAS in General Business must have 30 transfer credits and will complete their bachelor’s degree at New Mexico Highlands. You can review courses now.

The program consists of 36 credit hours.

You’ll complete 49-58 credits to earn the online MSN–FNP degree. You can review courses now.

The program consists of 63 credit hours.

The core nursing program consists of 32 credit hours. You’ll receive up to 95 credits when you enroll for your associate degree and RN license. The total number of credits needed for program completion is 120.

Because this is a degree completion program, students need 30 technical/vocational credits, a certificate in a technical/vocational area, an associate degree or occupational/vocational training in U.S. Armed Services schools for admission. You can learn more about our admissions policy on the program page.

Because this is a degree completion program, students need 30 technical/vocational credits, a certificate in a technical/vocational area, an associate degree or occupational/vocational training in U.S. Armed Services schools for admission. You can learn more about our admissions policy on the program page.

We require 928 field practicum hours over four semesters (448 field hours for the 1st year placement and 480 hours for the 2nd year concentration practicum) with the requirement that field practicum hours are completed in blocks of time that are at least 4 continuous hours in length. Find out more.

None. The program can be completed entirely online. Explore our curriculum.

Be prepared to devote 6-9 hours per week to the program.

We have three starts in the fall, spring and summer.

While some cases may take longer, completed applications are typically reviewed the same day for undergraduate applicants. Graduate applications typically take two days.

You’ll be notified via email and through the mobile app when an acceptance decision is made. Find out more about the application process.

Once your employer sends authorization, we will bill your employer. Contact us about your specific situation.

We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs and schools are accredited by industry-specific bodies, as well. See your program of interest for more information.

While there is no programmatic accreditation for this program, New Mexico Highlands University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

This degree is available solely online in a flexible, asynchronous format.

While there is no programmatic accreditation for this program, New Mexico Highlands University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The BAS in General Business degree is available solely online in a flexible, asynchronous format.

No. Online students receive the same education as on-campus students, and their diplomas are the same as well.

Yes. The program is ACBSP-accredited.

Yes, the MSN–FNP program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The online MSN–FNP is only available online. This allows you to study in the times and locations that are best for you throughout your entire program without a requirement of ever coming to campus. However, you will gain hands-on experience through a mandatory in-person orientation and skills practicum.

Yes. The program is CSWE-accredited.

Yes. The program is CCNE accredited.

We have a physical campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico, as well as various centers in the Southwest. Find out more about New Mexico Highlands.

Admissions requirements vary by program. Explore our online programs for more information.

Yes. Online students are welcome to walk at graduation.

Admission requirements include:

  • A formal application for transfer admission
  • 30 technical/vocational credits, a certificate in a technical/vocational area, an associate degree or occupational/vocational training in U.S. Armed Services Schools
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Employment in the area of public safety, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire departments, or similar discipline is also preferred. You can learn more about our admission requirements on the program page.

The requirements for the BAS in General Business degree include:

  • A formal application for transfer admission
  • 30 technical/vocational credits, a certificate in a technical/vocational area, an associate degree or occupational/vocational training in U.S. Armed Services Schools
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher

You can learn more about our admission requirements on the program page.

Our core values are excellence, diversity, accessibility and responsiveness. Learn more about New Mexico Highlands.

We require a completed online application and transcripts. Find out more about applying to the MBA program.

The requirements for the online MSN–FNP degree include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college (Students without a BSN wishing to complete the accelerated track must complete foundational BSN and general education courses.)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official copies of all college transcripts
  • Current, unencumbered state RN license
  • An up-to-date resume or CV (follow the provided template)
  • A cover letter

You can learn more about our requirements on the admissions page.

We require a completed online application, transcripts, references and an essay. Find out more about applying to the MSW program.

We require a completed online application, transcripts of a completed nursing program and a valid, unencumbered RN license. Find out more about applying to the RN-BSN program.

This online degree completion program is designed to prepare you for a wide range of business roles. Possible career paths include finance, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, human resources and more.

We offer five start dates throughout the year, so you can apply anytime. Our dedicated enrollment team can help you determine the right start date for your schedule and goals.

We offer five start dates throughout the year, so you can apply to the BAS in General Business program anytime. Our dedicated enrollment team can help you determine the right start date for your schedule and goals.

The first cohort of online MSN-FNP students will begin the program in June 2023. Following this first cohort, the program will admit new students in the Fall A term each year. For more information, view our academic calendar.

We have two start dates in August and January.

Many of our programs offer up to six start dates throughout the year, meaning it’s always a good time to apply. Start your application today.

You’ll need a modern PC with camera, microphone, speakers and reliable internet access. Find out more about technology and support.

A cohort model means you will take classes together and complete the program with the same group of students. This approach provides opportunities to network and support each other as you progress through the program.

A cohort means that you move through your coursework with the same group of students, allowing you to foster a community. Find out more about learning online at New Mexico Highlands.

Admission requirements include:

  • A formal application for transfer admission
  • 30 technical/vocational credits, a certificate in a technical/vocational area, an associate degree or occupational/vocational training in U.S. Armed Services Schools
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Employment in the area of public safety, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire departments, or similar discipline is also preferred. You can learn more about our admission requirements on the program page.

You’ll need a GPA of 2.0 or higher to apply to the program. You can learn more about our admissions policy on the admissions page.

You’ll need a GPA of 3.0 to apply to the program. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students without a BSN wishing to complete the accelerated track must complete foundational BSN and general education courses. You can learn more about this policy on our admissions page.

We require a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all previous university work. Contact us for more information.

We require a 3.0 GPA. If your GPA is below 3.0, your application will be reviewed for consideration.

We require a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Learn more.

An academic cohort is a specific group of students who progress through the same program together, take the same courses with each other, and finish their degree at the same time – which contrasts with standard programs where students take courses independently from each other and work with a different group of students each semester. The advantages of a cohort model include a smaller, more cohesive, and supportive class environment as well as the opportunity to network with fellow classmates.

We are proud of our small class sizes. Most courses have a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Tuition is $325 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 45 credits for a total tuition of $14,625. You can review all tuition costs on the program page.

Tuition is $325 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 60 credits for a total tuition of $19,500. You can review all tuition costs on the program page.

Tuition is $525 per credit hour. Find out more about tuition and fees.

Tuition is $625 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 49-58 credits for a total tuition of $30,625-$36,250. You can review all costs on our tuition page.

Tuition is $525 per credit hour. Find out more about tuition and fees.

Tuition is $325 per credit hour. Find out more about tuition and fees.

Most of our classes have a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

To start the admissions process, fill out our online application form. Find out more about how to apply to New Mexico Highlands.

Most of our programs feature transfer credit policies to ensure you graduate quickly and efficiently. Transfer credit policies vary by program. Find your program of interest.

New Mexico Highlands University is a public comprehensive university serving our local and global communities. Our mission is to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to attain an exceptional education by fostering creativity, critical thinking and research in the liberal arts, sciences and professions within a diverse community.

Estimated total tuition for this program is $14,625. You need to complete 45 credits at $325. You can review all costs on the tuition page.

Tuition for the BAS in General Business is $19,500. You need to complete 60 credits at $325. You can review all costs on the tuition page.

The total estimated tuition for the program is $18,900.

Tuition for the online MSN–FNP degree is $30,625-$36,250. You need to complete 49-58 credit hours at $625 per credit. You can review all costs on our tuition page.

The total estimated tuition for the program is $33,075.

The total estimated tuition for the program is $10,400.

Our FAFSA code is 002653.

An MBA is an extremely versatile degree. Upon graduation, you can pursue a variety of in-demand careers in marketing, human resources, health care and other booming fields. Explore career options.

This program is designed to give you the knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills you need to pursue positions of leadership in areas like public safety, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire departments and more. Possible job titles include director of public safety, chief security officer, emergency management director and director of operations.

Those who hold an MSN–FNP often pursue a career as a family nurse practitioner with a median salary of $120,680 and growth rates as high as 46%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn more about your career options by visiting our careers page.

The business department hosts speakers and alumni throughout the semester. You can also network within your classes with students from all around the country.

We provide opportunities for students to network with other students from different locations and backgrounds in our programs. Our faculty are also experienced, well connected professionals.

Our online tutoring platform is available to students 24/7. Most subjects are included, such as writing, humanities, science, math and business. The library is also available 24/7 online for research, resources, articles and more. Learn more about the online experience.

An accessibility services coordinator will work with you to arrange the appropriate services. Contact us to find out more about your specific situation.

Leadership skills, evidence-based practice and improved communication and writing. You’ll be better prepared for higher level nursing jobs.

Active military members and veterans may qualify for New Mexico in-state tuition rates. Contact us to learn more.

Our faculty members take a student-first approach. We offer one-on-one advising and foster a family atmosphere online and on campus. Learn more about the online experience.

The application deadline for the first cohort of online MSN-FNP students is April 16, 2023. Future cohorts should apply by the Fall A term application deadline.

We were founded in 1893. Find out more about us.

New Mexico Highlands University is located in Las Vegas, New Mexico. We also have centers in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Farmington and Roswell.

Contact our financial aid office at 1-800-379-4038 or contact us online.

Contact us and someone will be in touch as soon as possible to learn more about your situation and offer support.

The mission of the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work includes a commitment to populations of the U.S. Southwest and the unique challenges facing families in rural and indigenous communities in this region.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a bachelor’s degree is often necessary for administrative and research positions, as well as other leadership roles. A bachelor’s degree is also necessary if you wish to pursue graduate education in nursing.

No. Your diploma will not indicate that your degree was earned online.

Yes. We provide technology support to all students by phone and email, even offering extended hours. Find out more.

Yes, the online MSN–FNP degree will prepare you for National Certification as a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) and state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Upon graduation, students will have the degree required to apply for social work licensure as a Licensed Master Level Social Worker (LMSW) and be ready to apply for and take the ASWB national exam.

Note: Licensure requirements vary between states. The ASWB exam is standardized across the country and is accepted by all states. LMSW licensure is not equivalent to a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Obtaining LCSW licensure requires additional, post-MSW graduation, clinical work, and supervision hours.

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