The UNM-Gallup Nursing Program opened in March 2002 with full approval of the New Mexico Board of Nursing. Classes have graduated twice a year since the first class of thirteen graduated in December 2003. Students who graduate from the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and become registered nurses. The program continues to operate under the authority of the New Mexico Board of Nursing and currently has full approval through July, 2019. The nursing education program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) until Spring 2019.