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New Mexico Board of Nursing

  • Created under the provisions of the Nursing Practice Act, the New Mexico Board of Nursing (BON) consists of four licensed nurses and three public members who are not nurses.
  • The BON is responsible for adopting and revising rules and regulations to enable it to carry out the provisions of the Nursing Practice Act and to maintain high standards of practice.
  • The rules adopted and revised by the BON implement the Nursing Practice Act.
  • The BON directs all activities related to licensure and re-licensure of nurses in New Mexico.
  • Contact information for the New Mexico Board of Nursing:

  • Website Address
    Mailing Address    6301 Indian School Road NE, Suite 710
                                    Albuquerque, NM 87110
    (505) 841-8340
    Email Address 

General Information

  • To be licensed in New Mexico, nurse practitioners must be nationally certified. Information about national certification is available from the following organizations:

American Nurses Credentialing Center
American Association of Nurse Practitioners

  • The NMBON requires all NPs to maintain a prescribing formulary. NPs may choose to use the formulary provided by NMNPC.
  • Once licensed as a nurse practitioner, NPs must obtain a New Mexico Controlled Substance License in order to prescribe controlled substances. Apply at the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy website or call them at (505) 222-9830 for further information. New Mexico Board of Nursing regulations also require NPs to register with the Board of Pharmacy's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and the Board of Pharmacy will no longer renew controlled substance licenses unless prescribers have registered with the PMP. For more information about the PMP requirements, click here.
  • After obtaining a New Mexico Controlled Substance License, NPs may apply for a federal DEA license. Visit the DEA website for online application or to download a PDF file for mail-in application.

State-by-State Comparison of APRN Privileges

  • The Nurse Practitioner publishes a national overview of APRN legislative and regulatory activity, including information about APRN scope of practice, updated yearly by Susanne Phillips, MSN, FNP-BC.
  • The detailed state-by-state reports of the 28th Annual APRN Legislative Update (2016) will be available soon - check back here for further information.
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