Need Advice: University of New Mexico versus CNMCC


Hey y'all! Longtime lurker here. I saw a similar post, but it didn't give me quite the info I'm looking for. I've been accepted to a dual-degree ADN/BSN program at CNMCC in ABQ, NM. I've been working on compliance and enrollment for this program since I got the notification of acceptance.

Just yesterday, I got a notification from UNM saying I'm being offered a seat in their BSN program. I'd really like to accept the UNM one, but there are a couple issues that are making me reticent. 

Here's my deal: I jacked up my undergrad GPA in my first Bachelor's degree, and graduated with a 2.86. IK, not great. I was young and dumb. BUT I've held between a 3.8 and 4.0 in all of my post-bacc work (including my nursing pre-reqs). Downside is, I was told that none of my grades from CNMCC will transfer over into my UNM GPA for my BSN. 

I ultimately want to be able to apply to NP programs someday. If I take the UNM option, all of the courses will factor into my GPA, and I have the potential to raise it above minimum for NP programs. Before you say it, I am aware that Nursing Schools don't just hand out A's and B's. But I'm able and willing to put in the effort to achieve as high a standard as I can. 

Other downside is a $40,000 loan that I'd have to take out to pay for the UNM program, versus $7,000 for the CNMCC/UNM dual-degree option. 

At the end of the day, I'm (hopefully) going to end up with a BSN from UNM. 

If anybody has experience with either program that they're willing to share, that would be awesome! Any advice on this matter would be much appreciated. 


Edited by huangfeihong


Specializes in Pre-nursing.

I just wanted to say congrats for getting accepted to both! I’m currently a CNM student aiming at either CNM’s associates program, or the dual degree program. Good luck! I hope you get some great advice here. 

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Specializes in Pre-nursing student.

Congratulations on getting into both programs! I’m curious what you ended up deciding to do and why? And maybe to hear a bit about your experience now that you’re likely already in nursing school.