UNM ranks high for nursing, medicine programs

ALBUQUERQUE (KASA) – There’s a lot of recognition out now for the UNM School of Medicine and College of Nursing these days.

The U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranked the two very high in the nation based on voting by their peers.

“Our program is very well established and very well recognized,” said Dr. Amy Levi, interim associate director of UNM College of Nursing. “Students are very well prepared for the clinical spots they will be in, particularly our advance practice nurses find that they’re very well prepared for what they’re about to undertake.”

It’s not only the faculty and students who think so, but the U.S. News and World Report places the UNM School of Medicine second in the nation for its rural medicine program and fifth in the nation for nursing and midwifery education program.

“I think particularly our nursing midwifery program, which is five in the United States, it identifies the fact that we are well recognized by our peers since the rankings in U.S. News and World Report are peer rankings and being 79 out of 1,500 schools of nursing in the country is pretty good for us, particularly because our focus is on world and underserved populations,” Levi said.

Levi also feels that with the school’s new rankings and all the changes in healthcare, it could be just in time to bring more people to the field of medicine.

“With the expansion of Medicaid and with the New Mexico Health Exchange, more people will have insurance and will need primary care, so we are going to be expanding our primary care nurse practitioner programs and hoping to enroll more students this year,” Levi said.

If you’d like to see the full rankings from the U.S. News and World Report, click here.