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New Mexico State University School of Nursing

College of Health and Social Services Annex Building

Welcome New and Returning Nursing Students

Congratulations on being accepted to the School of Nursing BSN Program!

We are excited to have you in our program. New Mexico State University is a community of diverse students and thirsty learners. We are sure that you have made the right choice in choosing to attend NMSU and most importantly, The School of Nursing.

Look over this page to get acquainted and prepared to tackle your next goal and help you get started before you get started (all information here in is subject to change).

What You Need to Know

At the School of Nursing we require all students to use their NMSU email to communicate with SON administrative staff.
SON Faculty prefer course communications to take place within Canvas, our learning management system that delivers course content online.

SON administrative staff communicate important information and announcements via the NMSU email system. It is important that as a nursing student, you check this email on a weekly basis. It is also very important that you meet all deadlines for your clinical clearances. Your instructor will communicate this to you during orientation. SON uses a sophisticated online records system called Typhon to keep track of all your clinical clearance records, it is up to you to make sure those records are always up to date.

Always stay in touch with your School of Nursing adviser. Any questions you may have about courses and credits should always be addressed to your adviser. Finally, keep in touch with your adviser to make sure you are taking all required pre-requisites and nursing courses that are essential for your degree plan.

All of these important details and many more will be covered during orientation. Make sure to attend all mandatory orientation meetings to ensure you are well informed and ready to tackle each semester. It is also recommended you download the BSN Student Handbook and review it for your convenience.

All students have access to the Nursing Skills & Simulation Center Student Canvas site. This is accessible via your Canvas log in at

https://nmsu.instructure.com. This site has tons of information on clinical and simulation information. From videos to audio files and much more. This is also where you will find the skills lab calendar where you can sign up and request lab time for practice on any procedure you need to work on. Contact the GA's through Canvas if you have specific needs in the lab.

The SON administration will be communicating information to you through your NMSU email account so be sure to check your NMSU email early and often!

Please take a few minutes to checkout the SON administrative staff to get to know us. And always check your NMSU email! You never know when important news is arriving through your NMSU account. Also, You may contact us at anytime if you have any questions, 575-646-3812 or nursing@nmsu.edu.

NMSU School of Nursing New Student Information

Pre Orientation PPT

Important information for level 1 Nursing students. From uniforms to clinical clearances. All you need to know to be prepared. Click on the image to go through the PowerPoint. You may also access the video of the Pre-Orientation session from 11/14/2016.

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SON Level 1

Choose your option of print + ebook or choose ebook only and save.

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SON Level 2

Choose your option of print + ebook or choose ebook only and save.

Campus Tech Support

Help Desk Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hardman & Jacobs Hall Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC)



Guest Students Visiting NMSU for an Extended Stay: NMSU is hosting many who are visiting for a few weeks or couple of months at a time. They may need special assistance with technology. Please refer them to the ICT Help Desk.

DSL Modem and Wireless Router Checkouts

Visit the Help Desk in person for checkouts.

For more information on how to connect to the internet visit the help desk instructions and guides at http://help.nmsu.edu

Lab Hours & Locations
Computer Center Hallway: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday Closed

Pete’s Place: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. 12 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Knox Hall: Monday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center:

Lab Room 101 – Monday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Lab Room 206 – Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. *Available by Reservation Only

VDM (Vista Del Monte): Monday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Talk to a Lab Associate
Pete’s Place, Corbett Center: 575-646-2031
Hardman & Jacobs Hall (HJLC): 575-646-4757

Equipment Rental Program
Make your reservation today: 575-646-6858, email: it-talk@nmsu.edu


Library Semester Hours
Zuhl: Monday-Thursday 7:30a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Branson: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Call for Help: 575-646-5792 or 866-835-9826, Text: 575-219-6612, or Chat Online:

Library Laptop and iPad Checkout:
Visit Zuhl Library and checkout a laptop/iPad for up to three hours.

Pete’s Computer Clinic

Debug Club will be in Hardman & Jacobs Wireless Lounge (2nd Floor) assisting with personal devices and computer equipment.

Monday, Aug. 29 to Wednesday, Aug. 31 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.

$20 Virus and Registry Scans

$50 Blue Screen of Death Repair

$50 Hardware/Software Restore

Microsoft Office 365 is now free to all NMSU students. Get more information here!

Have questions or would like to share with us your technology resource services, contact us:

ICT Student Technology & Planning
Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJLC) 219
it-talk@nmsu.edu, 575-646-4857

Clinical Clearances

We will place an advising hold on any student who does not have up-to-date clearances in by the due date (varies per semester). All nursing students are required to have up-to-date immunizations and current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for health care providers/CPR certification. This must include a “hands-on” check-off. No other type of CPR certification is accepted for the satisfaction of this requirement.

“Flu” Vaccine:
Each year NMSU nursing students will need to update their influenza immunizations by January if not done in the fall semester. This immunization is offered at many area pharmacies and clinics.

Immunization costs are the responsibility of the student. Students who have contraindications for this important immunization will be asked to wear masks to clinical for the duration of the influenza season.

Please download the NMSU SON Clinical Clearance Document here.

Student Health Insurance

All students attending classes in the NMSU School of Nursing are required to submit proof of health insurance as part of clinical clearance requirements. NMSU students are eligible to purchase basic, individual health insurance policies through United Healthcare at reasonable student rates. You can find out more about this program by going to the Campus Health Center website:

Other providers of insurance are also acceptable. If you are a military member or dependent, your military ID or a similar document describing your eligibility would serve as proof of insurance. If you have a form of state-issued insurance, such as Medicaid, submit proof of eligibility. If you have questions about other forms of insurance providers, give us a call at 575-646-3812.

HESI (Health Education Systems Inc.,) Testing

HESI (Health Education Systems, Inc.) testing will be used to assess the knowledge of students as they progress in the NMNEC curriculum of our nursing program. Progression exams will be administered at the end of every NMNEC level. The exams will count for 5% of the grade of one course in each level. A schedule of which course and when the exams will be taken will be provided at student orientation. These exams are not optional. These exams will be administered in the week before final exams.

For current 8th semester students, the HESI Exit Examination is a part of their final semester of studies. A passing score of 850 on the HESI Exit Examination is required prior to entry into the N479 clinical preceptorship, and is a measure of clinical safety. The students in the NMNEC curriculum are required to have an exit HESI score of 900, or better, and the exam will be taken in the 5th level while in Clinical Intensive 3, and must be passed before starting the Capstone Course.

Elsevier provides a package of HESI practice tests through its Evolve website. This package contains practice tests for most of the major HESI specialty content exams and also a practice comprehensive exam. Students may elect to self-enroll in this package of practice tests at any time in the curriculum. Instructions are posted on the Nursing Skills Lab website. A mini-semester course in the second half of Spring semester for HESI review/preparation can be taken if desired. Space is limited and this course is listed as NURS 460 HESI Success.

Another assistance program PassPoint from Lippincott is now mandatory as part of concepts course work and students can seek a mentor/faculty to assist with the review. Further explanation will be given during Level orientation.

In an effort to support student success, the School of Nursing encourages graduating students to take a review course such as Kaplan, prior to the NCLEX-RN® exam. It is important that all graduating students take the course and are able to dazzle us with their success!!

Dosage Calculations Exam

Continuing students in NMNEC curriculum, traditional, and Roadrunner pre-licensure programs must pass a dosage/calculations examination prior to starting their clinical rotations. There will be two chances for students to pass this exam with a score of 92% or better. Information about the Dosage Calculation Requirements has been posted on the School of Nursing Home Page at http://schoolofnursing.nmsu.edu/bsn/. Dosage and Calculation guidelines include:

  • The exam will be in a multiple choice format
  • All students will receive NMSU email notification of pass or retake
  • There will be one opportunity for students to review their exam results for those re-taking the exam
  • Students are allowed two (2) attempts at the exam scheduled during the first week of classes
  • For students who do not pass the dosage exam requirement by the end of the first week of classes, remediation will be expected. Once the remediation is completed and documentation is provided to the Clinical Coordinator, a third attempt may be scheduled.
  • No further dosage exam attempts will be offered. The student must withdraw from clinical courses for that semester.
  • Entering Level 1 NMNEC students do not take the Dosage/Calculation Exam since they are learning dosages and calculations as part of beginning coursework.

Students will receive notification of Pass/Retake through their nmsu.edu email within 24 hours. The BSN Secretary will not divulge student exam results so please do not ask. Make sure your nmsu.edu email address is correct and on file with our SON office.

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Clinical Uniforms

Clinical uniform policies are published in the BSN Handbook. Appropriate uniforms are required for all NMSU SON clinical experiences. We recommend two sets of uniforms as you will usually have two clinical days per week. If you have any questions about the uniform, please call the School of Nursing. NMSU SON uniform items are available at the NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore but can also be purchased at other scrub/uniform shops in town, as well as through online retailers.

Men and women will wear black shoes with black soles and black "crew" socks (ankles must be covered). A white, pewter or wine collarless shirt/shell (long or short sleeve) can be worn underneath the scrub top.

Lab Coat, NMSU Student Nurse patch, and name pin are supplied to new students at the White Coat Ceremony. This is a white lab coat that has a collar, mid-length (to cover the shirt), and long sleeves. The NMSU Nursing patch is sewn onto the left sleeve one (1) inch below the shoulder seam.

Uniform Accessories include:

  • Wristwatch (one with a second hand).
  • Bandage scissors.
  • Pocket-size notebook.
  • Black pen and pencil.
  • Stethoscope*

Students in NMNEC Level 1 and Level 3 will be required to have individual skills bags with all the supplies for the semester. More information on how to acquire the skills bags will follow so please keep a close eye on your NMSU email and the Nursing Skills Lab Canvas page.

iPad Requirements

Incoming nursing students are required to have an iPad for class and/or clinical experiences. The iPad will be used to take computerized exams, search content in class related to course assignments, and access the Electronic Health Record (EHR) program as part of clinical experiences.

The iPad can be any iPad 3rd generation or newer. This can be an iPad mini (any), iPad Air, iPad Pro, or an iPad 3, 4, or 5, with iOS 8 or newer. The storage capacity depends on each individuals personal needs, but a 32GB iPad mini is recommended. The NMSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore has special pricing on all of their iPads. Review the special pricing link below or call them directly at 575-646-1791 and mention the School of Nursing Program iPad requirement. The staff at the Aggie TechShop will also be glad to show you how to setup your iPad and get you started using it. Don't forget to ask about AppleCare. The B&N Aggie Tech shop now has the Education iPad for $299! Ask about it.

Visit them online at: http://aggietech.nmsu.edu/

or email them directly: aggietech@nmsu.edu

If you need a User Guide, please download those guides below in the Important Files to Download area. The websites below are also a great resource for those new to the iPad.

iPad Special Pricing and Offers from NMSU Barnes & Noble

iPad Tutorials and Guides

iPad User Guide-Setup

iPad User Guide-The Basics

How to setup an iPad for the 1st time

iPad Navigation and All about Apps

Setting up your iPad on the NMSU WiFI network

Contact me if you have any questions at
or 575-646-5228.

Recommended iOS Apps

I added this new section to provide you with a list of recommended apps that you can use for collaborating, presenting, and engaging your fellow peers. Most of the apps are free. If you have an app to share send it to me at maske@nmsu.edu. I will post it here and credit you with the app.

Slack-great tool for collaborating as a group

Canva-great presentation tool that is so easy to use

Easelly-great easy to use tool for creating digital posters

Doodle-great for sign-up list and scheduling events

Dropbox-love this tool to share and backup files, MUST HAVE!

Evernote-a MUST HAVE to manage all of your work! Check out this site on "Four Ways to Improve Note-Taking Right Now".

Scannable-easily scan anything with iPad & save to Evernote

Biscuit-fastest dictionary and flash cards study guide

My Script Calculator-easily calculates equations for you!

Canvas-quick and easy access to your courses (C. DeBlieck)

SofTestM-ExamSoft's iOS testing app (C.DeBlieck)

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad create and present on your iPad

Microsoft Word for iPad create and work on your iPad

iPad User Guides:

iPad Starter Guide
Pages for iPad

Keynote for iPad

Numbers for iPad

iMovie for iPad

GarageBand for iPad

Fostering Creativity with iPad

Enhancing Productivity with iPad

Send me your recommendations @ maske@nmsu.edu!

EHR Tutor

EHR Tutor will be adopted for the BSN program for electronic health records and charting in the classroom, simulation labs and clinicals.

EHR Tutor website:


Student sign up fee for 1 year: $45.00

Getting Started:

Create your account with your NMSU email address and password. It is best to use Chrome, Firefox, or Safar1.

Go to: my.ehrtutor.com/signup

Download instructions:

click link on how to Activate your EHR Tutor account

with Direct Online Payment.

EHR Tutor Support can be reached at:

Email: support@ehrtutor.com or

Telephone: 440-305-6188

NMSU Main Contact:

Evangelina Ramirez at ramirexx@nmsu.edu for onsite support at NMSU.

EHR Tutor Overview

An affordable, easy to use solution for electronic charting

in the Classroom, Simulation Lab and Clinicals

Lippincott NCLEX-RN PassPoint

Product Website Information


Technical Support Contact Information
Telephone: 800-468-1128 or
Email: techsupp@lww.com

Mon-Thu: 8am – 12am (EST)
Fri: 8am – 7pm (EST)
Sun: 4pm – 12am (EST)

Current Student Fees

There are no student fees after the $150 initial purchase. Access lasts from 18- to 30-months depending upon student need, and is purchased through the following links:

18-month PassPoint -- http://tinyurl.com/PassPoint --

promo code: WZP0103V

24-month PassPoint -- www.lww.com/NMSU --

promo code: WZP0101V

30-month PassPoint -- http://tinyurl.com/PassPoint --

promo code: WZP0103V

1. If you don't already have access to Lippincott CoursePoint for Lippincott NCLEX-RN PassPoint Powered by prepU, redeem your ACCESS CODE and complete registration at http://thePoint.lww.com/activate.

2. From the “My Content” page, click on Lippincott CoursePoint for Lippincott NCLEX-RN PassPoint Powered by prepU.

3. On the welcome screen or from “My Classes”, select “Join a Class”, enter your CLASS CODE: DE234C23, and click “Enroll”.

If you experience any problems, check the code again and re-enter it. If it does not work, contact Lippincott Online Product Support at 1-800-468-1128 or techsupp@lww.com for assistance.

Not sure what an ACCESS CODE is?
Learn more at http://thepoint.lww.com/Help/BookAccess.

NMSU Main Contact

Eric Dettman 480-272-0222 cell eric.dettman@wolterskluwer.com

ExamSoft/SofTestM Resources and Guides

IMPORTANT: If you are a returning student for summer 2017, please wait until May 22nd, 2017 to renew and purchase your ExamSoft account for summer/fall 2017. I will activate everyone's account the week of May 15th and send an email with subscription information and links. All Level 3 and 4 students must have ExamSoft activated by no later than May 24th in order to prepare for the Dosage & Calculations Exam at 8am on May 25th, 2017.

All ExamSoft student accounts have been paid for by the department.

All Level 1-5 nursing and pre-nursing students are required to use ExamSoft to access and complete exams for nursing courses. ExamSoft uses the SoftTestM app on the iPad to download and complete exams using your iPad (no other device substitutions will be accepted). SofTestM is a free app that can be downloaded onto your iPad from the App Store.

You will be receiving an email from the ExamSoft Administrator via your NMSU email early in the semester. This email will direct you on how to purchase and log into your ExamSoft Account. It is advised that you use your iPad to do this. It is recommended you have the SofTestM App already installed on your iPad before purchasing and accessing your ExamSoft account. You will be prompted to register your iPad upon setting up your account.

Since all L1-5 students are required to have an iPad, you will use this device to take exams in class. Your instructor will let you know the days you will be using ExamSoft to take exams. No other device substitutions will be accepted. You will also be required to complete a "Mock" exam for practice. You will have up to 3 attempts to practice with (you may request more). You must complete at least 1 attempt before the actual exam day. Failure to do so may keep you from taking course exams. The "Mock" practice exam will be made available the first week of classes via your N293 course.

Please read the Student Policies and Procedures that will appear prior to taking the "Mock" exam or access them below.

This insures that you are aware and are in agreement with the policies put forward by the School of Nursing on computer-based testing.

NOTE: If you are having problems setting up your ExamSoft account from your iPad, I recommend you purchase your ExamSoft account on a PC or Mac and then download the SotTestM app on your iPad. You can only have one testing device registered on this app. Your iPad is your primary testing device for the School of Nursing. If you are Pre Nursing, you have the option to have an iPad or a PC or Mac laptop.

if your iPad is stolen or broken, there are iPads that can be checked out on the day of your exam. Please email or contact Miriam if you need to borrow one.

If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Maske, SON ExamSoft Admin, at 575-646-5228.

Your ExamSoft Institution ID is: NMSUNurs

Pricing per semester is as follows:

2017 Summer-Fall: The student will pay $30.00 for May 24, 2017 through Dec. 15, 2017.

SofTest-M iPad Minimum Requirements

  • Hardware = iPad 3 or newer, iPad Mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro
  • Operating System = iOS 8 or newer (only genuine versions of iOS are supported)
  • 500 MB of free space required to commence an exam (close all other apps!)
  • iPad must not be "Jailbroken"
  • Internet connection is required for SofTest Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload
  • In order to take an exam using SofTest-M, your institution must first enable this product and create exams that are compatible with your iPad
  • Make sure you register your iPad on Aggie Air (do not use Aggie Guest for exams). Go to www.netreg.nmsu.edu from your device browser.

ATTENTION: Effective as of August 1, 2016, SofTest-M will no longer support iOS 7. Students using iPads with iOS 7 will not be prevented from using SofTest-M, however ExamSoft will not be completing regular testing on iOS 7 and may not be able to resolve issues encountered while running SofTest-M on a device with iOS7. We recommend that all students use SofTest-M on an iPad with iOS 8+.


Please complete this tutorial and lesson (be sure to enter your full name when prompted):



Also See:

ExamSoft Quick User Guide (NEW)

ExamSoft Support

Exam Taker Performance Analysis

SofTest for iPad Users

SofTestM Training Manual

SofTest-M New Registration Process (for iPad Users)

Exam Taker Technical Support:


Hours: Monday - Friday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM Eastern

Happy Nurses Week!

National Nurses Week, May 6 - 12

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