College of Health, Education and Social Transformation

Interim Dean - Henrietta Williams Pichon

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs- Phillip Post

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - Teresa Keller

Interim Associate Dean for Research-Jill McDonald

Interim Associate Dean for Research - TBD

Co- Director of Research Operations and Fiscal & Data Management. - Juanita Hannan

Co- Director of Research Operations and Fiscal & Data Management - Aida Lopez

Coordinator, Educational Support and Resource Center-Margo Trevino-Torres

Coordinator of Student and Academic Programs - Patrick Mendoza

The College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation (HEST) was established in 2021 to serve students, faculty, and staff whose efforts are aimed at improving individual, societal, and policy outcomes. The college was formed by combining the previous College of Education and College of Health and Social Services, as well as the Department of Sociology from the College of Arts & Sciences. We offer stackable credentials, certificates, and degrees in the following areas: Communication disorders; counseling and educational psychology; kinesiology; nursing; public health; social work; sociology; and teacher preparation, administration, and leadership (TPAL).

General Undergraduate Requirements

  1. Complete at least 120 - 132 acceptable credits, including a minimum of 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above.  NMSU Viewing the Wider World (VWW) classes are included in the 48-credit hour requirement.
  2. Minimum GPA varies per degree program.  Please refer to your department/school for application, admission, and/or program GPA requirements.  Each department has information about minimum GPA, program prerequisites, and program-specific testing requirements.  Application to a HEST program does not automatically end in acceptance.
  3. Satisfy New Mexico general education requirements. Detailed degree maps, program information, and curricula are available in the HEST Undergraduate Resource Center and the Center for Academic Advising and Support Services (CAASS).
  4. Students must complete all professional education courses and all courses in their teaching field or major degree with a grade of C- or better.
  5. All students, including transfer students, must complete the last 30 semester credits required for the baccalaureate degree within the New Mexico State University system. The four-year Servicemen’s Opportunity College Program students are not exempt from this regulation.
  6. Students in teacher preparation programs (including secondary education minors), Nursing, Social Work, and Public Health must apply and be accepted into these programs based on a set of prerequisites and a competitive admission process. For information about these application and admission processes, please refer to each department’s information in this catalog.
  7. In addition, if department faculty at any time determine that a student is performing below expected program standards in a particular skill, that department may require that a plan for remediation be developed to promote student success.

General Education Requirements (non-teacher education programs)

  1. Nine-ten credits in General Education Area I: Communication
  2. Three credits in General Education Area II: Mathematics
  3. Four credits in General Education Area III: Laboratory Science
  4. Three credits from General Education Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
  5. Three-four credits from either General Education Area III: Laboratory Science or Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
  6. Three credits in General Education Area V: Humanities
  7. Three credits in General Education Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
  8. Three-four additional credits from a General Education Elective (excluding Area I: Communications and cross-listed courses)

General Education Requirements (teacher education programs)

  1. Nine-ten credits in General Education Area I: Communication
  2. Six credits in General Education Area II: Mathematics
  3. Eight credits in General Education Area III: Laboratory Science
  4. Nine credits from General Education Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
  5. Nine credits from General Education Area V: Humanities and Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts

HEST department programs may require more credit hours or additional courses specific to the major.  Check the departmental pages for degree requirements in each program of study.

While the ultimate responsibility for planning an academic program in compliance with university, college, and departmental requirements rests with the student, the College recognizes the importance of sound and accessible advising for academic programs.  Students formally admitted to a HEST major are provided academic advising within the department of that major.  Students not formally admitted to a program of professional studies are advised by CAASS.

Transferring Undergraduate Courses

Certain courses within the curricula offered by HEST programs have been identified as transferable from NMSU to other public two-year and four-year institutions in New Mexico. The equivalent course at other institutions can be identified using the common course number. Similarly, students from other institutions can use the common course number to identify education courses that can be transferred to NMSU.

The School of Nursing offers the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) state-wide.

Preprofessional Programs

NMSU offers a number of programs designed for transfer to professional schools through its undergraduate colleges. The programs that are administered by the HEST are Pre-Nursing, Pre-Social Work, Pre- Public Health Sciences.  Students new to NMSU, or who are working toward completion of their respective departmental pre-requisites are able to declare a pre-professional major in HEST. Once pre-requisites have been satisfied, an application process is required specific to each major. Application details and requirements are available through the "Academic Departments" link on the HEST website, and also through the Central Advising Center (CAASS).

Graduate Work

HEST offers curricula leading to the degrees of

  • Master of Arts,
  • Master of Science,
  • Specialist in Education,
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice,
  • Doctor of Philosophy.

Those interested in pursuing graduate degrees should consult the Graduate Catalog for full information at https://catalogs.nmsu.edu/nmsu/graduate-school/

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Major in:

Doctor of Philosophy

Major in:

Accreditation

The programs offered by HEST provides undergraduate students that combines a broad general education with an emphasis on professional preparation in a variety of disciplines.  These programs are nationally accredited while some require approval by the State of New Mexico. These programs include:

Teacher Preparation: The university’s teacher preparation program, which involves several colleges and which is directed by the College Health, Education, and Social Transformation, was re-accredited in 2018 by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation Programs (CAEP). The undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare individuals for licensure to work in public and private schools in New Mexico have been approved by the New Mexico State Public Education Department.

Counseling and Educational Psychology: The Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); the Specialist in Education (Ed. S.) in school psychology, accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the doctoral (Ph. D.) program in counseling psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The post-doctoral program in Clinical Psychopharmacology holds APA designation.

Health and Social Services: The baccalaureate degree program in the School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The undergraduate program in Nursing is approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

The baccalaureate degree program in the School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Bachelor of Public Health and Masters of Public Health degree programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The Communication Disorders master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA - ASHA).

The undergraduate Athletic Training Degree in Kinesiology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).